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HUD Announces 2011 Sustainable Communities Grantees

The Office of Sustainable Housing and Communities has announced the winners of the FY2011 competitions for the Sustainable Communities Regional Planning and Community Challenge grant programs. This new round of funding will invest almost $96 million in 27 communities and 29 regions to help each establish its own blueprints for a more livable, equitable, and economically competitive future. These grants join the 87 HUD Sustainable Communities grants announced last year.

CNU Member Mark Nickita Appointed Mayor of Birmingham

On Monday, the City Commission of Birmingham, MI appointed Mark Nickita , CNU activist and Detroit-based architect, as the city’s next mayor.  Nickita was a member of the city planning board prior to his election to the City Commission in 2009.  As chair of the City Plan Commission, he led the effort to urbanize the downtown area.  By hiring Andres Duany and Bob Gibs to design the renewal plan, Nickita has helped transform Birmingham’s center into a very walkable urban environment.

Vibrant Cities & Urban Forests


Jeanne Gang speaks at Chicago Humanities Festival

Jeanne Gang, founder of Chicago-based Studio Gang Architects, spoke on Tuesday to a packed house at the Northwestern University Law School Auditorium as part of the 2011 Chicago Humanities Festival.  To tie into this year’s festival theme of “Tech Knowledge,” Gang discussed the importance of sustainable technologies and green design in architecture.

Norquist to speak at UM-ULI Real Estate Forum

John Norquist, President & CEO of CNU, is scheduled to give the keynote luncheon address on November 10th at the 25th Annual University of Michigan and Urban Land Institute Real Estate Forum.

In recent years, Detroit has been a major symbol of the real estate challenges being faced across the country.  How Detroit might rise out of its economic depression and real estate bust could help define future development on a national scale.

The Not So Big Showhouse in Libertyville, IL

The Grand Opening for the Not So Big Showhouse is scheduled for November 19th!  The "showhouse" is meant to demonstrate Sarah Susanka's design principle to "build better, not bigger."  Susanka's studio undertook SchoolStreet as a neighborhood urban infill project in the vibrant village of Libertyville, Illinois, just north of Chicago.

From Susanka's website:

No-Cost Technical Assistance for Your Community!

Bring greater sustainabiliy to your community!  Apply for technical assistance in implementing LEED for Neighborhood Development standards to a future project. 

A letter from Global Green:

Save the Partnership for Sustainable Communities!

Geoff Anderson, President and CEO of Smart Growth America, sent out the following call to action to those who support the Partnership for Sustainable Communities.  Call your representatives today!

Students Present Ideas for Reducing Urban Poverty

Last week, the Woodrow Wilson Center hosted a workshop entitled Reducing Urban Poverty: A New Generation of Ideas.  Graduate students were invited to submit papers addressing problems of the global urban poor.  Three outstanding papers were selected and their authors were invited to speak at the workshop.

Norquist will be keynote speaker at 2011 Smart Growth Summit

John Norquist, President & CEO of CNU, is scheduled to be the keynote speaker at this year's Smart Growth Summit in Melville, New York, Friday November 18th.  

The Summit will include a series of workshops and lectures to highlight Smart Growth success stories and to discuss what can be done to bring Smart Growth ideals to communities throughout the country.  Under the theme of "Crisis and Opportunity: Placemaking in a Time of Economic Uncertainty," panelists will debate best practices of community design for livability and economic revival.