Regional Planning Report On Chicago, Illinois in 2040

I’m studying for my Geography class and don’t understand how to answer this. Can you help me study?

One of the best ways to understand regional planning is by studying a plan, so you will research and write a report on a planning document listed below. Post which plan you are reporting on in the “Regional Plan Report Choice” discussion topic. Please note, the plan selection is first come first serve and no more than two students to the same city.

The report must be a minimum of 10 pages of text (reference page doesn’t count, nor does a cover page). Answer and explore the following questions:

How is the region defined in the plan? Include a brief history, the number of governments in the region, area size, population demographics such as gender break down, age ranges, education, income, and employment. Consider the geography and things such as: is it in a desert and prone to droughts or dust storms? Is it in the forest and prone to fires or mudslides? By the coast and sea-level rise is a concern?

A map is okay to embed here, but it cannot be the size of a page.

Who (Metropolitan Planning Organization, Council Of Governments, cooperating municipalities, nonprofit group, grassroots organization, etc.) created the regional plan, and how was it produced (through public hearings, open houses, etc.)? Were multiple parties involved in crafting the document?

What specific regional issues does the plan discuss? How does the plan address them? How is success measured? Does it effectively address the issues? Use what you’ve learned in the course to critique what they are doing.

Use the link below to answer the questions above :

You may want to look for: addressing climate change, social justice, environmental justice, and economic development. This list isn’t exhaustive, and there are many more issues you can analyze.

Use the regional plan itself as a starting point for research, but make sure to visit the plan’s website and look up supporting news articles or other sources if they are available. Your report will be graded on how well you answer the questions above and follow the report guidelines below.

Write a minimum of 10 pages, double-spaced, with page numbers, Times New Roman, 12 point font, and 1″ margins. No funny business, such as increasing the margins a bit or making your punctuation size 14. I was a student not too long ago, and I know the tricks.

Write in a professional, academic style (avoid using the first-person), and make sure you have a clear thesis in your introduction.

Cite all facts, figures, statistics, quotes, etc. using in-text citations. When in doubt, cite it! Use an academically recognized style of citations and references (see, and include a separate References page (does not count for the 10-page minimum). APA Style is preferred. I strongly recommend using reference management software such as Mendeley to keep everything organized.

You should have at least 3-4 additional sources outside of the plan itself. Look for newspaper articles, other gov’t documents, or critique the plan using the texts/examples from class, etc.

You may include 2-3 maps or images in your report, but only if they are relevant to your discussion. The graphic also can’t take up an entire page- use good judgment here. Make sure to provide a citation for the image, unless you created it.

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