CNU Salons

The "Decline of Chinatown" Nonstory

The headline in "Wired" seems to say it all: "Mapping the Alarming Decline of America's Chinatowns." The Wired story breathlessly proclaims that "gentrification" and "development" are causing Chinatowns to "go extinct"- with the apparent agenda of trying to prevent new urban housing because of concerns about gentrification.

Do You <3 Bus Rapid Transit?

Supporters of bus rapid transit in Chicago are taking a drubbing from anti-BRT groups - at least, in the news coverage.

Is NYC Building Enough Housing?

New York city planning director Amanda Burden recently argued that there's not much more that the city can do to make housing more affordable, claiming that the city has given out 30,000 building permits per year, yet prices have failed to go down.  But in fact, New York has built housing at a much lower rate than some other cities.

Explaining the Koontz Decision

A few months ago, the federal Supreme Court issued its decision in the case of Koontz v. St. Johns River Water Management District.

CNU Illinois and Students for New Urbanism Host Pop-Up Design Studio

CNU Illinois and the Illinois Chapter of Students for New Urbanism hosted a successful Pop-up Urban Design Studio last week in Chicago. The studio gave students the opportunity to experience a peer-led charrette followed by collaboration with professional designers and planners. The selected site for re-design was a brownfield site in Rockford, Illinois.

Does smart growth regulation create price instability?

One argument I've seen in anti-smart growth literature is that regulation generally and/or smart growth-oriented regulation creates housing bubbles that lead to price instability.   

Reality Check on Urban Poverty

I've read some stories suggesting that poverty is decreasing in cities and increasing in suburbs.  Urbanists see this alleged trend as evidence that cities are becoming more popular; egalitarians see it as evidence that gentrification is driving the poor into suburbia.

Should San Francisco Be Freeway-Free?

Could San Francisco function without any freeways? With all the derring-do that an outsider agitator can bring to a city of stakeholders, I suggested just that last Friday in the City by the Bay. Streetsblog was there.

So read the article and comment and vote. Should the SF Freeway system be wiped away?

Calling All Advocates: New Highways-to-Boulevards Survey

Hello Highway Removal Advocates!

CNU is embarking on a new an effort that will expand our Highways-to-Boulevards initiative through online educational resources. This educational series will provide advocates with the tools to execute a successful Highway Removal campaign. We need to hear from you about what tools, information, and resources would be most helpful.