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July 08 2013

A Farewell from Sean Glowacz

July 8th, 2013Posted by 

Driven by a long-standing urge to explore creative writing, I began my internship with Global Site Plans in January 2013. This position provided me a wonderful opportunity to explore a passion of mine that I have tried to nurture throughout my life. While I have had experience writing and editing articles for student newspapers, I […]

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June 24 2013

Creating A Sustainable Environment in Kane County, IL

June 24th, 2013Posted by 

Back in January, I wrote an article that discussed the recent planning efforts of Kane County, IL.  The decision to make “Healthy People, Healthy Living, Healthy Communities” the theme of the Kane County 2040 Plan “recognizes and emphasizes the connection between the most important resource in Kane County – its people – with the opportunities […]

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June 10 2013

A True Measure of Affordability: The H+T Affordability Index

June 10th, 2013Posted by 

Housing is a key component of any governments’ comprehensive urban plan.  The cornerstone of any good housing sector is a plan to provide affordable housing options so that all citizens have a place to call their own.  Traditionally, housing was considered affordable if it cost no more than 30% of an individual’s or family’s income. […]

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May 27 2013

Connecting Health and Local Food Production in Kane County, Illinois

May 27th, 2013Posted by 

How can you measure the health impacts of a policy decision?  This is the question the Kane County urban planners were pondering when they were exploring the revision of the Kane County Farmland Protection Program.  Created in 2001, the Farmland Protection Program has permanently protected over 5,500 acres of agricultural land throughout Kane County and […]

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May 13 2013

A Language Designed for Urban Planners, By Urban Planners: A Review of “A Pattern Language”

May 13th, 2013Posted by 

A tremendously ambitious book, A Pattern Language by Christopher Alexander, Sara Ishikawa and Murray Silverstein attempts to create a language that developers and urban planners can use to shape our environment.  The author’s intent is to create a universal language that can be applied to all development projects, in an attempt to encourage the creation of […]

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April 29 2013

Is Collaboration the Key to Successful Implementation?

April 29th, 2013Posted by 

All too often, urban planners spend months, even years, doing all of the work necessary to complete a comprehensive plan, only to see that plan sit on the shelf after it is completed. The problem is that we often direct the vast majority of our energy towards the research, writing, and community outreach portions of […]

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April 15 2013

Making My Life a Little Easier: BRT Is Coming to Chicago

April 15th, 2013Posted by 

Last month, I was able to share some information with you about an exciting transit project that I have had the pleasure of working on in Kane County, IL – the Randall/Orchard Road Bus Rapid Transit Study.  As I stated then, “Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) is a high quality transit service that integrates a variety […]

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April 01 2013

A Strategy for Success: Carpentersville, Illinois’ Old Town Area Plan

April 1st, 2013Posted by 

Once the flourishing riverfront center of Carpentersville, Illinois, the Old Town Area has become something of an afterthought in modern times. Shifting development patterns have brought residents farther east, taking the focus off this former booming district.  In 2007, the Village of Carpentersville adopted a comprehensive plan that calls for the sustainable reformation of the […]

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March 18 2013

Planning for the Sustainable Revitalization of Chicago’s Neighborhoods

March 18th, 2013Posted by 

What is the most effective method for rejuvenating neighborhoods that have seen chronic underinvestment for generations? This is a daunting question that major cities across the United States have struggled to answer for decades.  While there may be no easy answer, the City of Chicago believes that they have developed a unique approach that will […]

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March 04 2013

Bus Rapid Transit: Reducing Traffic Congestion in Kane County, Illinois

March 4th, 2013Posted by 

Kane County, IL, like most developing counties across the United States, faces a significant challenge in addressing the issue of mounting traffic congestion.  One of Kane County’s major thoroughfares, Randall Road, has been epitomizing this issue.  As traffic congestion becomes more and more of a problem on Randall Road, the Kane County Division of Transportation […]

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February 18 2013

Congestion Pricing: The Antidote to Gridlock Traffic?

February 18th, 2013Posted by 

It’s Friday afternoon in Chicago. Michigan Avenue is buzzing with the excited throngs of shoppers, loving couples glide around the ice rink in Millennium Park, and annoyed motorists sluggishly make their way through the sea of vehicles on the Kennedy Expressway.  Rush hour traffic has plagued Chicago motorists for decades, and the problem seems to […]

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February 04 2013

Certifiably Sustainable Neighborhoods: LEED for Neighborhood Development

February 4th, 2013Posted by 

Is sustainability measurable? The U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) certainly thinks so, and they are working hard to provide professionals working within the development community a framework to bring sustainability to the neighborhood level. The USGBC has been using its Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Green Building Rating System since 1998 to provide […]

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January 21 2013

Kane County, Illinois: Uniting Health and Urban Planning

January 21st, 2013Posted by 

Does the design of your environment, the man-made structures and infrastructure that permeate nearly every aspect of your life, influence behavior directly related to your personal health? The government of Kane County, Illinois thinks that it does, as this is evident from their new comprehensive plan, the “Kane County 2040 Plan: Healthy People, Healthy Living, […]

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