Charles Marohn is speaking as part of a panel discussion of one of the oldest and most contentious topics facing the Chicago region: the on-going expansion of our urbanized area. The panel is called "Development at the Edge: The Future of Regional Urbanization" and is hosted by he Chicago Metropolitan Agency for Planning (CMAP).
Between 2001-15, approximately 140,000 acres of the Chicago region’s agricultural and natural lands were developed, coinciding with a population shift away from the region’s core. Land conversion provides housing, jobs, and economic activity, but can impact environmental quality, rural character, and disinvestment in older communities. Meanwhile, the cost of providing services and infrastructure continues to rise. Can we afford to continue to urbanize? Will we continue to urbanize?
Carolyn Schofield, McHenry County Board and CMAP Board member
Chuck Marohn, Founder and President of Strong Towns
Collete English Dixon, Managing Principal, Libra Investments Group, LLC
Curt Paddock, Director, Will County Land Use Department