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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

CNU XV Blog, Part 7: Rybczynski speech

Last night at the plenary session, I listened to Witold Rybczynski's keynote speech, which discussed his new book on real estate development (Last Harvest). A few interesting points:

Imprint anything but Light at New Initiatives Forum

Tom Low kicked off the New Initiatives Forum today with a newly emerging idea that is quickly gaining traction within the movement--Light Imprint New Urbanism or LINU.

Witold Rybczynski on New Urbanism

Elizabeth Plater-Zyberk introduced Witold Rybczynski as New Urbanism's "gentle critic" Thursday evening in the opening night reception and plenary, and the University of Pennsylvania professor, author

CNU XV Blog, Part 6.5: Does the Trolley Matter?

One issue that came to me after the Girard Avenue trolley tour was: does the trolley matter? Will it really make Brewerytown or Northern Liberties more appealing?

Maybe a Little Congestion Isn't the Worst Thing That Can Happen

Sometimes it helps when the state department of transportation runs out of money.

That's what Allen Biehler, secretary of transportation for the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, seemed to suggest Thursday morning. He was speaking as part of the panel "Putting Traffic in Its Place: Using the New CNU/ITE Manual," one of the NU 202 sessions.

CNU XV Blog, Part 6: Girard Trolley tour

This afternoon, we went on a tour of Girard Avenue, which, for the first time in decades, has trolley rather than bus service.

CNU XV Blog, Part 5: LEED-ND and accessibility for the disabled

The LEED-ND rating system contains a credit for "universal accessibility" for the disabled. This morning, Eleanor Smith spoke on this concept, addressing the following issues:

Urbanists Roll Up Their Sleeves in Philadelphia's Francisville Neighborhood

A group of more than 100 CNU XV participants left the Loews Hotel early Wednesday morning and boarded the Broad Avenue subway for Francisville for four related "urban labs' where they worked with resi

A Convenient Remedy for the Inconvenient Truth

The following essay by John Norquist, President and CEO of CNU, appeared in the Philadelphia Inquirer on Thursday, May 17, 2007.