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October 18, 2001 Contact: Anne Dybek (312) 996-8279; adybek@uic.edu



Top researchers in the field of urban transportation will discuss urban sprawl, transportation and housing issues at a symposium organized by the University of Illinois at Chicago's Urban Transportation Center.

"Over the last dozen years, the Chicago area has had the greatest increase in homeownership rates nationally," said Siim Sööt, research professor in the center and a symposium speaker. "This has contributed to sprawl. However, demographic changes are reducing the rate of sprawl. Transportation systems play only a secondary role in these trends."

Recognizing the broader context for sprawl as an urban issue, researchers will explore the interaction between transportation and housing and their roles in urban sprawl.


Oct. 19
9 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.


Hyatt Hotel at University Village
625 S. Ashland Ave.


National and local issues that are affected by sprawl, including aging populations, travel, affordable housing and housing near the workplace, will be examined during the conference.

The conference is open to the public. Fee is $50; students pay $25. A full agenda, complete list of presenters and registration information are available online.

The Urban Transportation Center is part of the university's Great Cities commitment. Through Great Cities, UIC engages with civic, community, corporate and government partners to discover solutions to challenges facing cities, improve the quality of life in urban environments and share new knowledge on urban issues with the Chicago metropolitan area and cities around the world.

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