CNT in the News named one of the Top 20 Urban Planning Websites of 2016

The Global Grid | December 2, 2016

Top 20 Urban Planning Websites of 2016

The Global Grid fifth annual ranking of urban planning websites is out! This year’s list is diverse and reflects the broad appeal and influence of urban planning not only among professionals, but also the public at-large. Like previous years, we used Alexa Analytics to rank the websites in this list and have chosen platforms dedicated exclusively to urban and city planning to ensure consistency.  CNT is the only Chicago organization on the list. 

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Bus Stopped: The Battle over Route 31

Memphis Flyer | December 1, 2016

Georgia A. King, 76, is a Memphian who needs her floral-decorated cane to assist in her instantly recognizable, purposeful stride. Whenever she steps out of her apartment near Victorian Village, she is likely to encounter grins and hugs from other Memphians as she makes her way around to her various destinations.   

Most call her "Mother King," a moniker earned from her reputation, built by decades of organizing work for Memphis' poor and her involvement with the civil rights movement.  

Since she herself relies on public transportation, pushing for equitable public transportation is high up on King's exhaustive list of interests and pet projects.

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Potential for Agreement? Reinvesting in America’s Water Infrastructure

The Hill | December 1, 2016

America’s deteriorating infrastructure promises to have a cascading impact on our nation’s economy, hindering business productivity, employment and personal income – and reducing our international competitiveness. A strong economy depends upon a first class infrastructure system.

As Congress grapples with funding the Water Resources Development Act before the end of the year (which would provide the needed funding for Flint, Michigan, where water from the river corroded the city’s pipes and contaminated the water supply with lead), we are reminded of an even larger looming problem facing our nation.  Reinvesting in our crumbling, neglected drinking water and wastewater systems is something that both Democrats and Republicans can agree on – and they are likely to find support in the new White House. The time is ripe for coalition building, collaborative problem-solving and a bit of old-fashioned American ingenuity to ensure that our reinvestment in America’s water infrastructure is both sustainable and equitable.

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What Will ‘Trumpsportation’ Mean for Chicago?

Chicago Reader | November 28, 2016

As it was for the people behind virtually every other progressive cause, the election of Donald Trump was a sad day for those of us who want to see the U.S. move toward a more efficient, healthy, and equitable transportation system.

It seems like a foregone conclusion that, with Republicans in control of both the Oval Office and Congress, our country is going to become only more car dependent. The party's 2016 platform calls for eliminating federal funding for Amtrak, mass transit, bike-share programs, trails, and sidewalks—basically any kind of ground transportation that doesn't involve cars or trucks.

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Perspectives At The Water-Energy-Climate Nexus: Anticipating Changes To Come

Water Online | November 28, 2016

Dating back to 1950, it was believed that economic growth was inextricably linked to the nation's carbon dioxide emissions. The more the U.S. produced, manufactured, provided and even polluted the more wealth there was to go around. Then courses were altered. In the last few years, carbon emissions stayed flat and are now predicted to decline over the next decade as new environmental regulations take hold and more conscientious minds begin to consider the effects on the planet. At the same time, however, the nation's gross domestic product has continued to rise. Breaking up this union gives hope for simultaneous prosperity and environmental stewardship in the face of climate change.

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The South Side’s Strange Train

South Side Weekly | November 14, 2016

This interview [with Sandy Johnston} is republished from The Chicago Dispatch, an online magazine of interviews, essays, and creative work about Chicago, edited by Daniel Kay Hertz.

So maybe we should start with this: What’s wrong with the Metra Electric today?

Not enough trains! I mean, that’s the really easy answer. The more complicated, broader one is that starting in the 1970s, and coincidental with greater public sector involvement in running the line, it was re-envisioned and transformed from a real rapid transit line to a “commuter” rail line.

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