For some reason, defenders of the sprawl status quo are often referred to as "contrarian." For example, if you google "Joel Kotkin" and "contrarian" you get 498 hits.
I just visited one of Tampa's more walkable neighborhoods, Hyde Park. Like Jacksonville's Riverside, Hyde Park is a long walk from downtown, is a well-off 1920s streetcar suburb, and borders a body of water (in this case, Tampa Bay).
At CNU XV, Barney Frank argued that smart growth supporters should support liberal Democrats, because Republican support for tax cuts and military spending leaves no room for smart-growth oriented pro
On Sunday, the last few panelists focused in varying degrees on environmental issues.
The plenary session Saturday night was devoted to national politics, both British and American.
For most of Saturday morning and early afternoon I was at historic Mikveh Israel synagogue (www.mikvehisrael.org), site of America's second oldest (I think) Jewish congregation- so I missed more CNU s
This afternoon, Andres Duany spoke about the relationship between cities and suburbs.
John Ellis spoke this afternoon on sprawl-producing policies in China and India. Like America in 1900, China has historically suffered from overcrowding.
This morning, there was a great panel on expressways, focusing on the removal of riverfront expressways that cut off downtowns from rivers.
The CNU panel on comprehensive plans contained two very different perspectives: one on planning for a not-yet-built-out semirural area, and the other on planning for a big city.