CNU Salons

Death and Destruction: My Commute From Work This Morning. Story and Photos

"At least two people died and 10 were injured in a fiery multi-vehicle crash in an Interstate 5 tunnel south of Santa Clarita late Friday, closing the freeway in both directions until at least Tuesday

Rethinking Green: Blockbuster Report in Environmental Building News Measures Impact of "Driving to Green Buildings"

The Nobel Committee’s decision to award this year’s Peace Prize for environmental activism reminds us that the environment has become a pressing political topic in recent years. The critical question is what kind of practical changes such publicity about global warming will affect.

London Transportation Summit to Offer Program on Contemporary International Street Design

As part of CNU's 2007 Transportation Summit in London, there will be a comparison of three different street design manuals from three different countries: The United States, Australia, and the United Kingdom. In addition to providing new and valuable information, the program can count as AIA Continuing Education Credits.

McKibben on Global Warming, and (New) Urbanism

Bill McKibben's recent reviews from the New York Review of Books suggest New Urbanism's potential role in the fight against global warming.

Austin, Texas Emerges as America's Greenest Big City

In a recent Chicago Tribune front page article, writer Howard Witt details the Texas capital's rigourous efforts to curb climate change and set an example for cities around the world.

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.