Location Efficiency Publications

Quality of Life, (e)Quality of Place: Growing Local Economies through Equitable Transit-Oriented Development

December 11, 2014

Rail transit anchors downtowns and neighborhoods in communities throughout Chicago’s northern suburbs and across the region, but many of these communities are falling behind in creating mixed-income transit-oriented development. This guidebook offers case studies, policy recommendations, and public participation tools to help suburbs build affordable, accessible housing around transit.


People, Places + Progress: Celebrating 35 Years of Community Innovation

October 24, 2013

In honor of our 35th anniversary, CNT staff compiled stories about our 35 most game-changing innovations. People, Places + Progress chronicles CNT’s growth in capacity, reputation, and impact. From the construction of solar greenhouses to grow vegetables in what we now call “food deserts” to the development of revolutionary energy efficiency programs. From the Location Efficient Mortgage® to the Surface Transportation Policy Project. [...]


Losing Ground: The Struggle of Moderate-Income Households to Afford the Rising Costs of Housing and Transportation

October 17, 2012

Report draws the latest five-year data from the American Communities Survey and finds that for the average family in the 25 largest U.S. metro areas, any income gains made in the last decade have been erased—and then some—by the skyrocketing cost burden of housing and transportation combined.


Reconnecting Fort Wayne: Land Use and Zoning

April 1, 2008

Local governments manage their growth and boundaries by very distinct land use controls determining both where and how they grow. The most common tools used by municipalities are comprehensive plans, zoning ordinances, subdivision ordinances, and building and sanitation codes.


Illinois Pedestrian Rules of the Road

November 21, 2007

This handy pocket/wallet guide explains what both pedestrians and drivers need to do to keep Illinois walking safely.


Paved Over: Surface Parking Lots or Opportunities for Tax-Generating, Sustainable Development?

November 14, 2006

Blue Island Plan for Economic Development: Executive Summary

June 1, 2005

Summary of the plan for Blue Island, which incorporates plans for residential and commercial redevelopment around the community’s passenger rail stop and industrial redevelopment of the cargo and freight facilities.