Just finished seeing most of the morning presentations at CNU Nextgen (by Russell Preston and Faith Cable).
I walked from South Philly to the Lowes, and the one noise that really grabbed me was: the birds.
A few hours ago, I got off the plane and took the 37 bus to South Philadelphia (where I am visiting a friend for my first couple of days here).
The PSFS building is Loews Hotel. Bring your binoculars to the 33rd floor!
CNU Members: After an hour of visiting Camden's NU opportunities, refresh at the new Victors Pub in the luxury Victor Lofts on the waterfront.
The morning schedule for NextGen4 begins like so:
Become A New Urbanist Star in Camden, New Jersey
Spring has sprung in Chicago, so I've taken the chance to update and expand an online photo gallery of big(ger) box stores around the country that are designed in an "urban," pedestrian friendly way. Next time a big chain retailer tells you that "no, it can't be done," you can respond "yes, it can, and in fact, it has."
One of the more puzzling little themes in several recent "attacks" on New Urbanism is that the critics simultaneously embrace New Urbanists' works as their own, lovingly portraying them as examples of their own (wholly original!) planning philosophy. Joel Kotkin's idea borrowing is most obvious with his report on the "New Suburbanism" -- the examples of which include designs and projects by none other than CNU founders Peter Calthorpe and Andres Duany.