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Elmhurst Named a Top Transit Community in DePaul Study

For its downtown amenities adjacent to the train station, Elmhurst was named Walker's Paradise.

The City of Elmhurst was ranked 5th among the 25 top “transit friendly” communities in a recent study by DePaul University’s Chaddick Institute for Metropolitan Development.

The study “evaluated the attractiveness of the suburbs of metropolitan Chicago for those with lifestyles oriented toward the use of public-transportation.” It evaluated data on the amenities and services available to those traveling without a car, the vibrancy of retail areas adjacent to transit nodes and the community’s public transportation culture.

The report measured a community’s success at transit friendliness through a scoring system derived from published data for all 250 suburbs in the metropolitan Chicago region and a series of field visits conducted in the 25 suburbs selected as finalists.   

In addition to scoring a perfect 10 in accessibility for disabled persons and station hours, the city received 98 out of 100 points for downtown amenities adjacent to the Metra station. This earned Elmhurst the title of Walker’s Paradise.

La Grange ranked first, with a score of 82.6, followed by Wilmette (82.6), Arlington Heights (81.0), Glenview (80.1) and Elmhurst (79.8).

The study contends to be a “useful tool for prospective homeowners and real estate professionals,” as well as “planners, designers and developers seeking to create attractive suburban environments that reduce reliance on private automobile travel.”

Alan Brinkmeier July 26, 2012 at 06:29 PM
Glad to hear the concepts of our Elmhurst 2009 City Comprehensive Plan have begun to take hold. Our Zoning and Planning Commission heard volumes from citizens in many public meetings and workshops to promote pedestrian friendly concepts. Good to hear this study bears out the fact that our comprehensive planning is working. Thanks to all the Elmhurst citizens! Alan Brinkmeier, just one of the Commissioners on the Commission.....
Alan Brinkmeier July 26, 2012 at 06:33 PM
For those that would like to research it, here is the link to the Elmhurst 2009 Comprehensive Plan http://elmhurst.org/index.aspx?NID=97
Bill Angel July 26, 2012 at 11:34 PM
AB, Since you seem to be in the know...can you comment on what is the skinny on Hahn Street? DiCianni talked a big came in stating it would have been developed had he been Mayor in place of Mayor Marcucci. to date, a big donut for DiCianni. Why is the City essentially blanketing (businesses) all but Spring Road with TIF? You do know that our property taxes will go through the roof for thsoe outside the TIF, and that small business owners will have their property rights stripped away via eminent domain. Your comments are appreciated.
Alan Brinkmeier July 27, 2012 at 01:01 PM
Bill, Yours are political questions, mostly. The 2009 Comprehensive Plan was prepared after several dozen citizen input sessions held all around the city from 2002, approximately, until 2008. It is a land use planning document, and is one the City can be very proud of (it won the Daniel Burnham Award that year for outstanding land use planning in Illinois etc...). Our Commission held those workshops to listen to and incorporate what citizens had to say. Moving to your topic, TIF is something that does not come before our Commission, Rather, the City Council and Mayor deal with those matters as a matter of politics, budget and economics. So, your questions (why TIFs, where TIFS, when TIFs property tax implications, business owners rights concerns etc..) are best addressed to your alderman in your Ward, and then at City Council meetings and special meetings relating to the economics of our City. For example, a public hearing will be held to consider the approval of a redevelopment plan and project known as the "North York Street Tax Increment Financing Redevelopment Project Area” on August 6, 2012 at 7:30pm at City Hall, 209 N. York Street, Elmhurst, IL At that and similar sessions, your discussion points can really be brought to light. Through the strength of citizen discussion and political pressure(s) that is how to make your opinions heard. Our system of democracy works slowly, but it is still the best system anywhere in the world, in my opinion.

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