There is an urban innovation project currently in the works in our own city of Chicago that was implemented in February 2016. It is called the CREATE Program (Chicago Region Environmental and Transportation Efficiency Program). According to its own website, the CREATE Program will play the role in the city’s sustainable developmental goals by “investing billions in critically needed improvements to increase the efficiency of the region’s passenger and freight rail infrastructure and enhance the quality of life for Chicago-area residents” ( Their website also shares their specific goals they plan on achieving which include: “improve passenger rail service, reduce freight rail congestion to boost regional and national economic competitiveness, reduce motorist delay due to rail conflict at grade crossings, enhance public safety, promote economic development, create and retain jobs, improve air quality, and reduce noise from idling or slow-moving trains.” The projected completion of this project is said to take place by the year 2030, will cost an approximate $3 billion, create 2700 jobs, produce $1.1 billion in air quality improvements and $595 million in safety benefits ( I believe that the CREATE Program is a step in the right direction for Chicago and sets an important tone for the rest of the nation. In agreement with this, in “Biophilic Cities” written by Timothy Beatley, he states: “A biophilic city… is a place that learns from nature and emulates natural systems, incorporates natural forms and images into its buildings and cityscapes, and designs and plans with nature.”


Beatley, Timothy. Biophilic Cities: Integrating Nature into Urban Design and Planning. Washington, DC: Island, 2011. Web. 14 Apr. 2016. <>.


“Chicago Region Environmental and Transportation Efficiency Program (CREATE).” Association of American Railroads, 18 Feb. 2016. Web. 14 Apr. 2016. <;.


   “Chicago Region Environmental and Transportation Efficiency Program.”Createprogram.orgCREATE, 16 Feb. 2016. Web. 14 Apr. 2016. <>.


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  1. This program sounds attractive. It aims at improving the whole standard of the city to attract more tourists. It can boost the economy and create jobs. The main action seems to focus on the public transportation, like the rail service, the motorist delay, reduce the noise, and enhance the safety. However, for me, this program is more like a project of building a more tourism-friendly city, instead of an environment-friendly city. Maybe there are other aspects of this plan that are related to the environment protection, energy saving, or social equality improvement. The public transportation construction and improvement could reduce the pollution from private vehicles. This is helpful to build a biophilic city, but clearly this is not enough. This program sounds like a huge plan. I think it will be better if more details related to the urban sustainability could be introduced and analyzed. So far, this program is simply a tourist plan, trying to boost the economy and creating new jobs.


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