Compact, Climate-Friendly, Competitive: Coverage from Austin Chronicle

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To restart the economy while saving the planet, the Congress for the New Urbanism advocates traditional neighborhoods for all


"This is one of those moments to step up and articulate what urbanism is worth to America."

That's how Scott Bernstein, president of the Center for Neighborhood Technology, summed up the call-to-service at CNU 17, the 2009 Congress for the New Urbanism, June 10-14 in Denver. The planning organization has stepped up its no-sprawl message, lobbying in D.C. for new federal law that promotes sustainable development patterns through urban reinvestment. The Obama administration reportedly is listening: "The biggest urbanist in the White House is Barack Obama," observed John Norquist, CEO of CNU and a former mayor of Milwaukee.

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Photo courtesy of Steve Hall: Copyright Heidrich Blessing. The town center pictured is Herryford Village at Fort Belvoir, Va., a project of Torti Gallas Architects.


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