This guest essay appeared in Illinois Issues shortly after the consolidation of the two regional agencies in Chicago. I argued that the underlying division remained and that regional planning would not become truly effective until internal unification of the whole agency under its board occurred. My opinion caused something of a stir evoking letters in response. My editor Peggy gave it the prescient title The hitch in the plan.
I was a young staff planner at NIPC working on the regional plan when, in winter 2003, I went up to McHenry County Continue reading
In late 2004 I received a Journalism Fellowship from the German Marshall Fund. Continue reading