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Getting riverfront access right

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).

Why you can't trust liberals on urbanism either

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

CNU XV Blog, Part 15: Environmental Issues

On Sunday, the last few panelists focused in varying degrees on environmental issues.

CNU XV Blog, Part 14: Politics at the Plenary

The plenary session Saturday night was devoted to national politics, both British and American.

CNU XV Blog, Part 13: fire departments and skinny streets

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

CNU XV Blog, Part 12: Duany on cities vs. suburbs

This afternoon, Andres Duany spoke about the relationship between cities and suburbs.

CNU XV Blog, Part 11: China and India

John Ellis spoke this afternoon on sprawl-producing policies in China and India. Like America in 1900, China has historically suffered from overcrowding.

CNU XV Blog, Part 10: highways

This morning, there was a great panel on expressways, focusing on the removal of riverfront expressways that cut off downtowns from rivers.

CNU XV Blog, Part 9: Panel on comprehensive plans

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.

CNU XV Blog, Part 8: the NIMBY veto

At a panel of developers, someone pointed out that several cities had neighborhood planning boards, and that they were "institutionalized NIMBYism."* I knew that Washington and Atlanta have neighborh