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Why I Attend the Congress | Scott Bernstein of CNT


CNU Welcomes Incoming CDOT Head Gabe Klein to Chicago

Just one day after being announced as the incoming head of the Chicago Department of Transportation, Gabe Klein, the now former director of D.C.'s DOT, dropped into CNU HQ to get a pulse on the organization's work in the city and beyond. Klein, whose innovative approaches in D.C.

Bill McKibben Speaks at Power Shift 2011

The good folks at have shared the following video from environmentalist Bill McKibben, speaking at the recent Power Shift 2011conference in Washington D.C.

Enjoy highlights such as "The radicals are the people are the people who are fundamentally altering the composition of the atmosphere. That is the most radical thing people have ever done."

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Mayor Norquist Heads Back to Milwaukee to Inaugurate WI-Chapter of CNU

The WI Chapter of the Congress for the New Urbanism formed this spring in support of the national Congress for the New Urbanism. To help inaugurate their first event, CNU WI proudly hosts former Mayor of Milwaukee, and current President of the Congress for the New Urbanism, John Norquist. Norquist, drawing upon his experience as a legislator, mayor and head of CNU, will deliver a speech titled “Cities are Good for the Environment."

Why I Attend the Congress | Jason King and Victor Dover




Takin' It to the Streets, Part II: "The Slow Down on State St."

Armed with a speed gun and a working knowledge of what it takes to make streets safe, CNU's Heather Smith recently set out on downtown Chicago to check the speeds of mid-morning traffic. Journey with Smith along State St., where the built environment informs a slowing effect on all its moving parts.

Eye on the Street: April 11, 2011

Today's "Eye on the Street" entry comes from CNU-member Michael Lewyn. Lewyn's describes the picture as "a place that delighted me, a 1700s street in Olde City Philadelphia."


Growing Power to Add 150 New Jobs in Milwaukee; Come See Will Allen Speak at CNU 19

The following comes courtesy of a press release from Will Allen and Growing Power. As the below illustrates, Growing Power is leading the urban agriculture movement and showcasing how the practice can be an economic catalyst for growth.

New Edition of Dunham-Jones and Williamson's Retrofitting Suburbia Available; More Relevant than Ever

When Ellen Dunham-Jones and June Williamson's Retrofitting Suburbia first appeared in 2009, the book seemed eerily prescient for a country still teetering on the economic edge and wondering what its landscape would look like upon waking.