CNT in the News

The App Around the Corner

New Republic | November 30, 2015

Neighborhoods used to be valuable because of their convenience—which, in New York, is usually measured by how close they are to public transportation, their proximity to the commercial centers of Manhattan—and their amenities. There was value in the local. But now, with apps available for pretty much anything you could want, locality is losing ground to a different form of convenience, one that means you never have to leave your house, but one that also means once you’re out of your house there’s not much there.

New York regulates hundreds of thousands of apartments to help reduce citywide rents, offers incentives to developers to include affordable housing in new buildings, and has several programs encouraging middle class homeownership. But nothing like that exists for commercial storefronts, probably because of the market-friendliness of local politicians. “These things are treated as if they’re entirely private market decisions,” CNT President Scott Bernstein said. “There are all sorts of programs for subsidizing housing but there’s not one for stores.”

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Transit Future Plans to Expand Rail Lines

The Columbia Chronicle | November 30, 2015

The drive to gain support for a host of transportation projects that include a CTA Lime Line linking the Blue Line’s O’Hare Airport station to the Orange Line’s Midway Airport stop has attracted at least 2,500 signatures on a petition, but still has significant financial and political hurdles to overcome, according to the two advocacy groups that are its primary sponsors.

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Hillsborough offering unused lots to develop affordable housing

The Tampa Tribune | November 27, 2015

Hillsborough County is seeking nonprofit organizations willing to develop 23 scattered lots with affordable housing options...A 2012 rent study by the Center for Housing Policy and the Center for Neighborhood Technology showed that renters in Tampa have the second-highest burden of the 25 largest U.S. metropolitan areas. On average, according to the study, moderate-income Tampa renters spend $882 on transportation and $892 on housing costs each month — 65 percent of their monthly income.

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Chicago is home to worst traffic bottleneck in U.S.: study

Chicago Sun-Times | November 24, 2015

Chicago came in tops in the nation again Monday — but not for anything its residents want to brag about. A new study identified a 12-mile stretch of mostly the Kennedy Expressway — from Nagle through the Edens Junction past the Jane Byrne Interchange to Roosevelt Road — as the worst bottleneck in the nation.

CNT's Jacky Grimshaw, head of the Transit Future campaign to expand mass transit in the Chicago area, said extending the CTA Blue line northward to Schaumburg could convert some Kennedy drivers into transit riders and bring some relief. “The answer is not roadways, it’s alternative ways of transportation,” Grimshaw said.

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Preckwinkle is pressured to free money for transit work

Crain's Chicago Business | November 13, 2015

A longtime political activist here is "trying to put a little pressure" on Cook County Board President Toni Preckwinkle to set aside up to $65 million a year for public transit improvement projects here. But there's no sign that Preckwinkle is saying yes, at least not so far.

The moves come from Jacky Grimshaw, a particularly well-connected lady who ran intergovernmental relations for Mayor Harold Washington, later joined the Chicago Transit Authority board and is vice president for policy at the Center for Neighborhood Technology (CNT), a green civic advocacy group. Grimshaw is particularly eyeing a pot of money from gasoline taxes that has been going into the county's general budget but which Preckwinkle has indicated she wants to shift to infrastructure

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Healing fractured water: How Michigan's roadways impact our waterways

MetroMode | November 12, 2015

Designing green infrastructure to manage both flooding and water quality takes not only an open mind on the part of the road designers, but also the right local conditions. Often green infrastructure is designed just to handle small storm events, but when designed for a larger storm event an actually the design can achieve meaningful impact on flood control.

Meaningful impact on flood control is the goal of CNT's RainReady. Harriet Festing is the project's coordinator and a water programs director for CNT. The project works with individual homeowners and communities to help them find solutions to stormwater runoff.


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