CNU Salons

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

Sustainability and New Urbanism in the Third World

A recent article on WorldChanging.com brought up the subject of sustainable planning and building in third world regions. The article specifically discusses the October 15 8.0 earthquake in the Ica region of Central Andean Peru. The city of Pisco near the epicenter has reportedly lost 80 percent of its housing.

Adaptability of Seattle Commuters: Evidence That Alaskan Way Viaduct Can Go

The recent closure of lanes on Interstate 5 in Seattle was, according to many media outlets, supposed to create commuting nightmares for Seattleites. But as half of 120,000 commuters have sought alternatives to driving, traffic has actually lessened and commuting has been rather smooth in Seattle. Though Seattle is often seen as a car-oriented city, its residents have transit alternatives -- whether they be ride-sharing, water taxis, or buses -- that enable them to adapt to times of infrasturacture rehabilitation. This current situation shows that Seattle can cope without the Alaskan Way Viaduct -- the elevated freeway that segregates downtown from the waterfront. The Seattle Post-Intelliger covers this story of adaptability with a news story and an Op-Ed piece:

John Norquist's Letter to Editor (Chicago Tribune) on Highway Maintenance

In "Bad transportation policy, at a price," Chicago Tribune columnist Steve Chapman appropriately bemoans the federal funding of highway expansion over maintenance.

Federal funding favors spectacular expansion projects with attendant ribbon cuttings over routine inspection and maintenance that can help avoid tragedies like the Minneapolis bridge collapse.

Pittsburgh Planning Two Prominent Green Developments

In the same vein as Portland and Denver, Pittsburgh is on its way to becoming an energy efficient city centered around green urbanism. This