Rebuilding Place in the Urban Space

"A community’s physical form, rather than its land uses, is its most intrinsic and enduring characteristic." [Katz, EPA] This blog focuses on place and placemaking and all that makes it work--historic preservation, urban design, transportation, asset-based community development, arts & cultural development, commercial district revitalization, tourism & destination development, and quality of life advocacy--along with doses of civic engagement and good governance watchdogging.

Tuesday, May 31, 2016

Two interesting conferences coming up in Chicago

Since 1986, the Transport Chicago conference has been bringing together practitioners and researchers along with elected and appointed officials and other stakeholders to address local transportation issues.

The conference was launched by University of Chicago, then University of Illinois Chicago ran it.  Now it is organized by an independent nonprofit, Metropolitan Conference on Public Transportation Research, with a lot of sponsor support.

This year's program looks to be quite interesting.

Conference archives go back to 2008 and are worthy of mining.

It's a model for other large metropolitan areas.  Of course, organizations like the Center for Transportation Studies at the University of Minnesota , Municipal Arts Society and the Regional Plan Association, both in New York City, are doing similar conferences.

Future of Chicago Conference.  Crain's, the publisher of the weekly business newspaper, Crain's Chicago Business, is sponsoring a solutions focused conference on Wednesday, June 15th.

There are four panels, each featuring four speakers and a moderator, on Chicago and the State's fiscal crisis, Crime and Criminal Justice, Economic Development, and Education.


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