CNT in the News

Water Works: Neighbors Turn Flooding Into Fuel for Sustainable Development

Curiosity Magazine | January 5, 2017

Helen Lekavich found support at the Center for Neighborhood Technology (CNT), which she says “opened every door” to get her and her Midlothian neighbors assistance from local, regional and state authorities. Because of the partnership and shared knowledge from CNT, Lekavich felt empowered to spearhead the changes that needed to be made in the community. 

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AllTransit: Making Transportation Data Public with Breadth and Depth | December 21, 2016

“Transit data comes with economic and social benefits,” said Linda Young. “Someone might be evaluating different sites for building housing. Now for the first time you can see how many jobs you can get to from that location. It’s not longer just asking: Are we in a busy place? We can see exactly how many jobs you can access on transit.”

As director of research at the Center for Neighborhood Technology (CNT), Young makes those kinds of connections through the AllTransit Database, recently singled out by Planetizen as one of the “Top Websites of 2016” for planning, land use and urban design.

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'Urban' is Bigger than it Appears

Public Square - A CNU Journal | December 19, 2016

ULI released a report this month, Housing in the Evolving American Suburb, which found that suburbs are grabbing more than 90 percent of metropolitan growth. The report is based on a "new analytic framework" to parse what is urban and what is suburban. ULI's sorting system is often hard to understand. Queens, New York, laid out on an urban grid with more than 21,000 people per square mile, is mostly a suburb, ULI says. San Jose, California, with one-quarter the density and dominated by winding, suburban subdivisions, is classified as mostly "urban." I doubt that anyone is moving from San Jose to Queens to escape urban living.

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Philadelphia Moves Forward on Massive Green Jobs Plan

Newsworks | December 19, 2016

Philadelphia is moving forward with an ambitious plan to create 10,000 "green jobs" over 10 years.  It involves investing $1 billion in public and private money into energy efficiency projects in all city-owned buildings, schools, as well as 25,000 low-to-moderate income homes and 2,500 small businesses. Leaders cite CNT's Urban Opportunity Agenda study as part of the rationale for this initiative.  

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The DART Bus Dilemma: Who Will Pay to Stay?

The Des Moines Register | December 12, 2016

Three of the 18 central Iowa cities that make up the Des Moines Area Regional Transit Authority plan to pull out of the system within the next 18 months, citing increasing costs and a limited number of people using bus services.

Elkhart might soon become a fourth. The northern Polk County town has been paying into DART since its formation in 2006, but it receives no bus services. City officials will meet Monday to consider leaving the system.

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Condo Owners Renting Out Parking Spaces Airbnb-style

Crain's Chicago Business | December 12, 2016

Brandon Arnold walks 10 minutes to work from his River North condo and doesn't have a car, so he doesn't need the two parking spaces that came with it.

But other people do.

Using an app developed in Chicago, Arnold rents one of his spaces to a woman who keeps a car downtown for weekend use, and the other to a man who parks during working hours Monday to Friday. On weeknights and weekends, when that latter space is empty, Arnold occasionally rents it to people coming to the neighborhood to shop or eat.

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