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Posts Tagged ‘Illinois’

The Lessons of Long-Term Privatization: Why Chicago Got it Wrong and Indiana Got it Right

Friday, July 29th, 2016
manhattan institute - parking meters

Today, cash-strapped U.S. cities and states are selling or leasing government assets, particularly transportation infrastructure. The sale or lease of such assets can be beneficial to the public; but the long-term nature of these deals makes them potentially far more risky than contracts to run bus service or repair city-owned vehicles.

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Connecting Cook County, IL: 2040 Long Range Transportation Plan

Thursday, July 28th, 2016
FIGURE 1.1 PURPOSE OF TRIPS TAKEN BY COUNTY RESIDENTS

Cook County’s transportation system is one of its greatest assets, having a central—even dominant—role in the national and international movement of people and goods. As this plan Connecting Cook County will outline, this competitive advantage is being threatened by the actions other regions are taking, as well as the Chicago region’s own limits in confronting significant challenges.

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Aurora, IL: Indian Prairie Schools Invest in the Future through Infrastructure

Friday, April 8th, 2016
Aurora, IL: Indian Prairie Schools Invest in the Future through Infrastructure

Indian Prairie Schools outline partnerships as strong possibilities for saving money and creating strong infrastructure. Step by step suggestions.

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Stalled Out: How Empty Parking Spaces Diminish Neighborhood Affordability

Thursday, April 7th, 2016
2-bedroom apartment vs. parking spaces

CENTER FOR NEIGHBORHOOD TECHNOLOGY
Late at night, when Chicago sleeps, apartment parking lots are at their peak usage. When CNT visited those lots and garages at 4:00 a.m., though, we found one third of the parking spaces sitting empty…This may not seem like a huge problem, but each indoor, underground parking space – one individual space – costs $37,300 to build. Multiply that by all of the spaces in the lot, and the price tag is huge. We think that wasted money and space should be allocated to housing instead.

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Illinois DOT: Explaining the I-55 Managed Lane Project

Tuesday, February 16th, 2016
Illinois DOT: Explaining the I-55 Managed Lane Project

Illinois Transportation Secretary Randy Blankenhorn talks about the benefits of this project and why it is needed.

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An Evaluation Study of Plants for Use on Green Roofs

Tuesday, August 25th, 2015
Green Roof plants

CHICAGO BOTANIC GARDEN
The environmental benefits include conserving water, reducing interior noise pollution, mitigating stormwater runoff, reducing the urban heat-island effect, improving urban air quality through carbon dioxide-oxygen exchange, and creating habitats for a diversity of birds, insects, and animals. Along with extending the life of the roof by two to three times over a conventional roof, economic benefits include reducing energy costs—both heating and cooling—increasing property values, and meeting requirements for stormwater management.

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Chicago, IL: Cycling the New Bloomingdale Trail

Thursday, June 18th, 2015
Chicago, IL: Cycling the New Bloomingdale Trail

Take a ride on the Bloomingdale Trail from the western trailhead at Ridgeway Avenue in Humboldt Park to the eastern trailhead at Walsh Park in Bucktown.

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Transit-Oriented Development in Lakeview, Illinois

Wednesday, April 22nd, 2015
In the Lakeview Chamber’s service area, total housing units decreased within a half mile of both the Southport and Paulina CTA stations from 2000-2011.

LAKEVIEW CHAMBER OF COMMERCE
Lakeview is historically a dense community that developed around its CTA stations, and demographic trends since 2000 continue to reinforce the central role of transit in the neighborhood. CTA stations serve as hubs for the community, providing significant foot traffic from visitors and local commuters to fuel the neighborhood’s business corridors. Lakeview has the highest rate of transit commuting of any neighborhood in the city. Transit is critical to the neighborhood’s economic success and quality of life.

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Retro Infra: Rock Island, IL – Wheels of Progress (1950)

Friday, February 20th, 2015
Retro Infra: Rock Island, IL – Wheels of Progress (1950)

The Chicago, Rock Island and Pacific Railroad (reporting marks CRIP, RI, ROCK) was a prominent (Class I) railroad in the midwestern United States, commonly known as the “Rock Island.” In 1854 when the line connected the Mississippi to Chicago and the East Coast, the event was marked by a large promotional voyage called the Grand Excursion. In 1856, the line crossed the Government Bridge, the first railroad bridge across the Mississippi, connecting farms in Iowa and beyond to Chicago.

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Granite City, IL: Chain of Rocks Canal Bridge Demolition

Wednesday, February 11th, 2015
Granite City, IL: Chain of Rocks Canal Bridge Demolition

February 3, 2015: Bystanders watch as Granite City’s Chain of Rocks Canal Bridge explodes and falls into the canal.

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