Steven Vance

MUPP 2010

CEO and Founder of Chicago Cityscape
Deputy Editor and Co-Founder of Streetsblog Chicago

Can you describe your work and how your planning degree contributes to it?

Studying at CUPPA helps you develop a lot of connections to local professionals, and those connections have persisted and I rely on those people to fill in the expertise that I don't have about transportation and land use planning. Transportation is the focus of Streetsblog Chicago and land use is the focus of my small business, Chicago Cityscape.

What do you like most about your current job or related work in planning?


I like that planning is a lot of different things and that studying at UIC, and the internship requirement, prepared me to be able to handle a lot of different kinds of work.

What advice do you wish you had gotten as a MUPP or, conversely, what advice would you give to young planners today?

Take classes in all of the concentrations. I regret not having any classes in housing or real estate, which I had to learn externally many years later for the small business I created.