Wednesday, August 5, 2009

CMAP has issued a press release to update us on the progress of their Invent the Future Workshops (one of which will be hosted soon here at UIC!). With one month left of "inventing the future," CMAP has offered some preliminary statistics showing the up-to-date results of public input gathered from web tools, workshops, kiosks and booths at community festivals about preferred future scenarios. A snapshot of those results follows:
  • Fifty-eight percent of participants advocate moderately dense development. Another 24 percent prefer high density, with 18 percent calling for low density or continuation of current growth patterns.
  • Sixty-nine percent say they'd prefer development in a combination of existing communities and larger metropolitan areas. Another 25 percent chose to emphasize only metropolitan development, and six percent said they prefer unfocused growth.
  • Seventy percent of participants want the region to maximize policies to protect the environment and natural resources. Twenty-three percent want such programs to be increased somewhat. Just five percent said current levels should be maintained, and two percent want a reduction.
  • Eighty-two percent of participants would like to see maximum investment in transit. Twenty-five percent want maximum investment in roads, and 54 percent want to maximize transportation options, including biking and walking.
Click here to get the full scoop. UPPSA is working with CMAP staff to schedule a workshop that will be hosted at UIC - stay tuned for more info!

1 comment:

Katy Rossing said...

Hello Jason,

Interesting post, and inspiring numbers. I'm working for a new demographic mapping tool, PolicyMap (, geared toward making better-informed policymakers, but a great resource for anyone interested in planning. It's fun to play around with, but I think U of I's planning students may also find PolicyMap useful for classes and research, as well.

You can map home sales data, public transit stop density, employment info, etc. (Most of the site is free for anyone to use, but some data sets and functions do require a paid subscription, which for students is $35/semester).

Thanks, and I'm going to bookmark this blog, since I'm moving back to Chicago in September!