Evanston residents will have a chance to say how they feel about growth at a meeting later this month at the Civic Center.


Evanston residents will have a chance to say how they feel about growth at a meeting later this month at the Civic Center.

The Chicago Metropolitan Agency for Planning forecasts that the Chicago region’s population will increase about 35 percent by 2040 — to nearly 11 million people.

Despite the popularity here of so-called “smart growth” strategies, many Evanstonians also seem to object to any increase in population density — especially if it affects their neighborhood.

CMAP and the city will host a high-tech workshop — complete with interactive software and keypad polling — to gather citizen comment for a new comprehensive regional plan process on Thursday, Aug. 20, at the Civic Center, 2100 Ridge Ave.


Screenshot from Go to 2040 website.

The program also has a highly interactive website at which users can explore projected consequences of different planning choices.

If Evanston’s population grew 35 percent, it would reach just over 100,000 by 2040.

Bill Smith is the editor and publisher of Evanston Now.

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