Sean Glowacz

Sean Glowacz holds a Masters of Urban Planning and Public Policy degree from the University of Illinois at Chicago. Sean spent two years at the Chicago Metropolitan Agency for Planning as a Research Assistant. His work focused on various tasks related to the GO TO 2040 plan, the comprehensive regional plan to help Chicagoland’s seven counties and 284 communities plan for sustainable prosperity through mid-century and beyond. Sean was then employed by Kane County for three years as a Land Use Planner, primarily working on their Quality of Kane campaign, an effort to help bring Healthy People, Healthy Living, and Healthy Communities to Kane County through cutting-edge planning policies and practices. Currently, Sean is employed by Target Group, Inc., working on large scale economic development projects in the City of Chicago. Currently residing in Chicago, Sean introduced readers to an array of urban planning projects that are taking place throughout the Chicagoland area.

Book Review of “A $500 House in Detroit” by Drew Philp

by Sean Glowacz

“A $500 House in Detroit: Rebuilding an Abandoned Home and an American City,” by Drew Philp, is the story of Philp’s exploration for significance and purpose, and an expansive assessment of life in urban America. Drew Ph... Read article

A Farewell from Sean Glowacz

by Sean Glowacz

Driven by a long-standing urge to explore creative writing, I began my internship with Global Site Plans in January 2013. This position provided me a wonderful opportunity to explore a passion of mine that I have tried t... Read article

Creating A Sustainable Environment in Kane County, IL

by Sean Glowacz

Back in January, I wrote an article that discussed the recent planning efforts of Kane County, IL.  The decision to make “Healthy People, Healthy Living, Healthy Communities” the theme of the Kane County 2040 Plan “recog... Read article

A True Measure of Affordability: The H+T Affordability Index

by Sean Glowacz

Housing is a key component of any governments’ comprehensive urban plan.  The cornerstone of any good housing sector is a plan to provide affordable housing options so that all citizens have a place to call their own.  T... Read article

Connecting Health and Local Food Production in Kane County, Illinois

by Sean Glowacz

How can you measure the health impacts of a policy decision?  This is the question the Kane County urban planners were pondering when they were exploring the revision of the Kane County Farmland Protection Program.  Crea... Read article

Book Review of "A Pattern Language: Towns, Buildings, Construction" by Christoper Alexander

by Sean Glowacz

A tremendously ambitious book, "A Pattern Language: Towns, Buildings, Construction" by Christopher Alexander, Sara Ishikawa, and Murray Silverstein attempts to create a language that developers and urban planners can use... Read article

Is Collaboration the Key to Successful Implementation?

by Sean Glowacz

All too often, urban planners spend months, even years, doing all of the work necessary to complete a comprehensive plan, only to see that plan sit on the shelf after it is completed. The problem is that we often dire... Read article

Making My Life a Little Easier: BRT Is Coming to Chicago

by Sean Glowacz

Last month, I was able to share some information with you about an exciting transit project that I have had the pleasure of working on in Kane County, IL – the Randall/Orchard Road Bus Rapid Transit Study.  As I state... Read article

A Strategy for Success: Carpentersville, Illinois' Old Town Area Plan

by Sean Glowacz

Once the flourishing riverfront center of Carpentersville, Illinois, the Old Town Area has become something of an afterthought in modern times. Shifting development patterns have brought residents farther east, taking... Read article

Planning for the Sustainable Revitalization of Chicago’s Neighborhoods

by Sean Glowacz

What is the most effective method for rejuvenating neighborhoods that have seen chronic underinvestment for generations? This is a daunting question that major cities across the United States have struggled to answer f... Read article

Bus Rapid Transit: Reducing Traffic Congestion in Kane County, Illinois

by Sean Glowacz

Kane County, IL, like most developing counties across the United States, faces a significant challenge in addressing the issue of mounting traffic congestion.  One of Kane County’s major thoroughfares, Randall Road, ... Read article

Congestion Pricing: The Antidote to Gridlock Traffic?

by Sean Glowacz

It’s Friday afternoon in Chicago. Michigan Avenue is buzzing with the excited throngs of shoppers, loving couples glide around the ice rink in Millennium Park, and annoyed motorists sluggishly make their way through ... Read article

Certifiably Sustainable Neighborhoods: LEED for Neighborhood Development

by Sean Glowacz

Is sustainability measurable? The U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) certainly thinks so, and they are working hard to provide professionals working within the development community a framework to bring sustainability t... Read article