CNU Salons

The grand design for Philadelphia's Delaware River waterfront: Help Philadelphians reconnect with their river.

The plan's biggest idea - and easily the most controversial - is the Penn Praxis recommendation to march the city's street grid right down to the river. In voicing his strong support,Democratic mayoral nominee Michael Nutter calls for "a more urban, Philadelphia-style feeling along the water."

Call for Submissions: Connecting Active Living Research to Policy Solutions

Active Living Research forwarded CNU the following announcement. New Urbanism has a lot to contribute to the public health discussion, so if you're doing relevant research, please consider sharing it with ALR.

The Camden NJ Regional Equity Demonstration Project - Rutgers University

After 50 years of continuous and accelerating job loss, population flight, propertymarket
decline, plummeting municipal revenues, and civic collapse, Camden has embarked on a
land-redevelopment process of unprecedented proportions, initiated by a state takeover of the city’s municipal functions, Ambitious plans are under way or in the pipelineCivic Engagement in Camden, New Jersey

Obesity-Walkability-New Urbanism Link

It seems more and more studies these days are making the connection between the built environment and health, and pointing to the challenge we face in improving our communities.

Two recent news stories are a case in point. One covers a study that found a link between gas prices and obesity. Higher gas prices encourage walking and alternative transportation. But another covered a study that exposed a lack of walking amenities in communities. So what do people do when it gets too expensive to drive, but walking, biking, and transit aren't options?

SNU Congress I

To anyone interested in the first Students for New Urbanism Conference:

This post is to notify you about the first Students for New Urbanism Congress
to be held this October at the University of Notre Dame in South Bend, Indiana.

Campbell Soup plan challenged again. Campbell Soup deadline to resolve; this Friday, Sept.14.

Filed in the Appellate Division of Superior Court, the suit is the fifth challenge to the proposed expansion of Campbell Soup Co.'s world headquarters here.

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.”