CNU Salons

Cities Key to Curbing Climate Crisis

As New Urbanism grows in popularity and programs like LEED-ND start to take off, more people are paying attention to the natural environmental benefits of urbanism...

The Urban Revival

Helping Buffalo Avoid Another Freeway Mistake by the Lake

John Norquist and transportation planner Norm Marshall were in Buffalo, New York late last week, alerting Buffalonians to the ramifications of allowing the NYSDOT to forge ahead with an awful plan to maintain an embanked freeway along the city's Outer Harbor and expand an adjacent frontage road. Norquist urged leaders at all levels to put the heat on Governor Eliot L. Spitzer to halt the just-add-concrete plan and switch to another plan that the DOT studied, one that would replace the freeway and frontage road with a single urban boulevard that would set the stage for revitalized mixed-use neighborhoods.

A new theory of ancient cities

A new theory of ancient cities
September 1, 2007
Los Angeles Times Staff Writer,By Thomas H. Maugh II / Los Angeles Times Staff Writer
...was a full-fledged urban center of about 325 acres. The finds, the researchers wrote, suggest that the study of early urban areas "must accommodate multiple models for the origins of cities." thomas.maugh@latimes.com / Los Angeles Times Staff Writer

EPA Urban Transportation Design Study in Governing Magazine

A study compared how well old-city street layouts handled traffic versus modern approaches. The results set off a firestorm.

From Governing Magazine
By ALEX MARSHALL

When I drive my neighborhood streets of Brooklyn, which were laid out more than a century ago in a grid style, it’s obvious: These city streets do a better job of handling local traffic than the more modern set up of cul-de-sacs, collector streets and arterials. That’s because, when I’m heading somewhere, I can choose from five or six local streets as opposed to one or two suburban style “arterials.”

Robin Roberts and Good Morning America welcome Pass Christian family to new Katrina Cottage

Robin Roberts was live in her hometown of Pass Christian, MS for the second day in a row today, commemorating the two-year anniversary of Hurricane Katrina's destructive collision with the Gulf Coast

Looking at the big picture

Planners say entire neighborhoods, not individual buildings, key to payoff of green principles

Charlotte Business Journal - July 6, 2007
by Bea Quirk

"One of the basic principles of ecology is that everything is connected -- that no part of the environment exists in a vacuum.

A "Radical" Idea Whose Time Has Come: Lehrer News Hour Explores Bringing Down Seattle's Alaskan Way Freeway

More and more Seattle residents are showing they are fed up with the domination of their potentially beautiful waterfront by a truck route.

NJ: Affordable housing shift blocked by court

By Tom Hester Jr.
Associated Press
TRENTON - A state appellate court yesterday ordered the state to reconsider a plan by a wealthy Monmouth County community to pay a poverty-laden nearby town to take on its affordable housing obligation, a decision hailed as crucial by affordable housing advocates.

From NJ State Assemblyman Joe Roberts: NJ needs a new plan for affordable housing

Sunday, August 26, 2007

By JOE ROBERTS
For the Courier-Post

New Jersey needs a housing policy that promotes -- not prevents -- the ability of our residents to live where they work. Regional contribution agreements (RCAs) are a barrier to that goal.

Final Push for Member-Provided New Urbanist In-City Projects

This summer, CNU asked members to help identify and describe significant in-city new urbanist projects so that we can create detailed listings and online project profiles that make new urbanist involv