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November 2017

Creative Funding Mechanisms: Paying for Large Infrastructure Projects

November 7, 2017 @ 12:00 pm - 1:30 pm
Great Cities Institute, 412 South Peoria Street
Chicago, IL 60607 United States
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In an era of reduced involvement from government at all levels, how do planners get creative to fund major infrastructure projects? This topic will look at how recent and ongoing projects in Chicago, including the Red and Purple Modernization Project and the expansion of the Chicago Riverwalk, were funded and emerging trends of infrastructure funding. Carole Morey serves as Chief Planning Officer of the Chicago Transit Authority, the nation’s second largest transit agency, where she oversees  the Service Planning ,…

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POLS Event – Austerity Politics and the Twilight of Economic Development Incentives

November 15, 2017 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
BSB 1115, 1007 W Harrison St
Chicago, IL 60607 United States
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Remaking Rust Belt Cities: Universities, Nationalism and Economic Development in South Africa

November 15, 2017 @ 1:00 pm - 2:30 pm
Great Cities Institute, 412 South Peoria Street
Chicago, IL 60607 United States
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Leslie Bank is a Professor of Social Anthropology and Director of the Institute for Social and Economic Research at the University of Fort Hare. He is the recipient of research fellowships from Fulbright, the Ford Foundation and the Oppenheimer Trust to Emory, Oxford and Cambridge Universities. He also served as a research fellow at the African Studies Centre at the University of Leiden in the Netherlands. His most recent book is entitled After Car Culture: Industry, Nationalism and Universities on…

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What Lurks in the Great Lakes? Pipelines, Invasive Species and Other Underwater Perils

November 15, 2017 @ 4:00 pm - 6:00 pm
UIC Institute for the Humanities, 701 S Morgan
Chicago, IL 60607 United States
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UIC Freshwater Lab Event: “What Lurks in the Great Lakes? Pipelines, Invasive Species and Other Underwater Perils” Lecture by Dan Egan, author of The Death and Life of the Great Lakes and Great Lakes Reporter at the Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel November 15, 4:00-6:00 PM UIC Institute for the Humanities 701 South Morgan St. Lower Level Stevenson Hall For more information, visit http://www.freshwaterlab.org/events/

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Out and About with GCI – Union Station: A 21st Century Revival

November 17, 2017 @ 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm
Great Cities Institute, 412 South Peoria Street
Chicago, IL 60607 United States
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Join Great Cities Institute (GCI) and the Urban Planning and Policy Student Association (UPPSA) for an Amtrak tour of Union Station. This tour will highlight the history and redevelopment of the facility, as well as its significance in transportation and economic development planning for the Chicago region. Please RSVP below. Tour details and starting location will be emailed to attendees prior to the event. Loading...

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POLS Event – The Good Fight: Life Lessons from a Chicago Progressive

November 21, 2017 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
BSB 1115, 1007 W Harrison St
Chicago, IL 60607 United States
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February 2018

Parks, Plans, and Prejudice: The Environmental Politics of Outdoor Recreation

February 13 @ 12:00 pm - 1:30 pm
Great Cities Institute, 412 South Peoria Street
Chicago, IL 60607 United States
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Beginning with a discussion of the origins and importance of the 1909 Plan of Chicago in terms of open space, Professor Platt will focus on the politics of environmental injustice in the spatial distribution of city parks (and park facilities, maintenance, staffing, etc) on the basis of race, ethnicity and class. This talk will cover the period from the World's Fair of 1893 and the simultaneous Great Migration to Mayor Richard M. Daley's Millennium Park. This approach will allow Professor Platt…

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UTC Event – The Life of a Capital Public Transit Project from the RTA’s Perspective

February 15 @ 11:30 am - 12:30 pm
Great Cities Institute, 412 South Peoria Street
Chicago, IL 60607 United States
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February 15, 2018 — 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. UTC Spring Seminar Series Speakers: David Spacek and Tara O’Malley, Regional Transportation Authority Topic: The Life of a Capital Public Transit Project from the RTA’s Perspective Venue: Great Cities Institute Conference Room, Suite 400, 412 S. Peoria St., Chicago

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The Reversal of the Chicago River: Bridging environmentalism and urban development

February 20 @ 12:00 pm - 1:30 pm
Great Cities Institute, 412 South Peoria Street
Chicago, IL 60607 United States
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The second lecture in the Spring 2018 Real Time Chicago lecture series is ‘The Reversal of the Chicago River: bridging environmentalism and urban development’. The reversal of the Chicago River was as much of an engineering marvel as it was an early victory for environmentalists and public health advocates in the late 19th century. Richard Lanyon, the former Executive Director of the Metropolitan Water Reclamation District of Greater Chicago, will take us through the history of the reversal of the…

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Reflections on the Kerner Report: Race and Inequality in the 1960s

February 26 @ 2:00 pm - 3:30 pm
Great Cities Institute, 412 South Peoria Street
Chicago, IL 60607 United States
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In the aftermath of the 1967 urban ‘riots’, President Lyndon B. Johnson established the National Advisory Commission on Civil Disorders, known as the Kerner Commission after its chair, Governor Otto Kerner, Jr. of Illinois. The 11-member commission examined the conditions of the cities that led to the turmoil and made recommendations addressing the underlying causes. The Commission’s report, released on February 29, 1968, marks a pivotal moment in the changing dynamics of U.S. cities and of critical analysis of the…

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