CNT in the News

In The Loop: Deep Tunnel

WYCC - PBS Chicago | October 1, 2015

For decades, Chicagoland has been planning a massive infrastructure project, colloquially known as the Deep Tunnel, to retain the region's stormwater. CNT President Scott Bernstein offered some nature-based alternatives for managing stormwater at a fraction of the cost.

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Winnetka to begin exploring stormwater management alternatives

The Chicago Tribune | September 22, 2015

The remainder of 2015 will see new discussions among the Winnetka Village Council and village staff regarding new options for managing the village's stormwater after the council decided to shelve the Willow Road tunnel project when a recent cost estimate took the proposed project from $58.5 million to $81.3 million.

CNT's Harriet Festing said that sewer backup, seepage and other problems could in part be solved with landscaping and physical barriers that could prove much less costly than the Willow Road Tunnel project. 

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Driving growth along Central Avenue

Albuquerque Business First | September 10, 2015

A story in Albuquerque's Business Journal mentions a CNT study that will be released in the coming months that proposes rapid transit through the city. Brian Reilly, the director for economic initiative in Albuquerque Mayor Richard Berry's office, spoke at an event about rapid transit's potential to transform Albuquerque's "Innovation Corridor" and shared early results of CNT's study. CNT was contracted by the city to look at the development environment that would occur if rapid transit and changes in zoning — referring to the city and county's planning and zoning update — happened at the same time. The study showed both conditions would result in $2 to $3 billion worth of real estate return on investment.

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Illinois Issues: Urban Flooding

National Public Radio - Illinois | September 10, 2015

Big rainstorms are hitting Illinois more often. In many cities and towns, the sewers can’t always handle heavy downpours. Without anywhere to go, the water fills streets, yards and basements.The result? At least $2.3 billion in damage from 2007 to 2014. That’s the total that the Illinois Department of Natural Resources calculated in a report this summer, tallying up insurance payouts for flooding damage in the state’s urban areas.

“We should be recalculating the percentages — because they’re changing,” says Hal Sprague, water policy manager for the Center for Neighborhood Technology, a Chicago-based nonprofit that promotes sustainable urban communities.

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A Tale of Two Neighborhoods: TOD, Fair Housing, and Economic Mobility

Planetizen | September 3, 2015

CNT's Kyle Smith co-authored an Opinion Editorial for Planetizen with Brendan Saunders of Open Communities that states: "Affirmatively Furthering Fair Housing"—as a new rule by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development proposes to do—can vary widely, even in the same city...To truly break down segregation, all levels of government should ensure that we don't concentrate affordable units in locations where poverty is pushed out of sight. With high quality, mixed-income Transit-oriented development, communities can meet HUD rules and build their tax bases, spur economic development, and reconnect low-income people with opportunity at the same time.

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Chicago Activists Draw Line From Fair Housing Rules to Public Transportation

Next City | September 2, 2015

Per the Supreme Court’s June ruling, cities receiving HUD funds must now check long-entrenched practices of structural discrimination, like clustering affordable housing in just one or two zip codes. In the wealthy suburbs north of Chicago, a group of activists sees the federal overhaul as a chance to address one of exclusionary zoning’s equally problematic but less visible counterparts: transportation inequality.

To demonstrate their point, Brendan Saunders of Open Communities and Kyle Smith of the Center for Neighborhood Technology cite Sunset Village, a manufactured housing community in Glenview. Originally built on unincorporated land, the affordable neighborhood has struggled with water contamination and a lack of basic infrastructure like fire hydrants over the years. Today, bus service remains infrequent. The 422 is the sole route on nearby Waukegan Road, and it runs only during peak hours. On weekends, it doesn’t run at all.

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