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:
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.
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
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?
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.
This afternoon, we went on a tour of Girard Avenue, which, for the first time in decades, has trolley rather than bus service.
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:
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
The following essay by John Norquist, President and CEO of CNU, appeared in the Philadelphia Inquirer on Thursday, May 17, 2007.
CNU XV: Camden board OKs razing of Sears Building, Lays $72 million on the table to develop area; state adds $22 millionSubmitted by Michael McAteer on Wed, 05/16/2007 - 10:57pm
In a marathon planning board meeting that ended after 1:30 a.m., New Urbanist Planning Board Member Kristine Seitz was thrown under the bus by fellow New Urbanists, who, as Yogi Berra would say, "failed to show up in droves." In the most important planning board meeting in over 100 years in Camden, NJ, planning board member Kristine Seitz met with incomprehensible stares and silence as she made case to Campbells architects and legal team to redesign massive single use office campus into mixed used and integrate it into city form and fabric. Campbells project, a sea of parking spaces between glass and steel boxes is to be "Gateway to City." ( Site is 15 minutes by subway from Loews, CNU XV. $94 million awaits New Urbanist developer who can influence Campbells before plan is put before Camden City Council for final approval.)