CNU Salons

Paving history for parking. For nearly two centuries, the buildings stood until they were mistakenly torn down .

Phila. Inquirer By Inga Saffron
Inquirer Architecture Critic

Paving history for parking
For nearly two centuries, the buildings stood as sentinels at Front and Chestnuts streets until they were mistakenly torn down by bulldozers to make way for a parking lot. The matter is under investigation.

Ask CNU: What's the Transect?

Today in Ask CNU, Matt from Dayton asks: "I'm doing research on urban tier classifications for an upcoming regional plan. Where can I find out more about The Transect?"

The Urban-to-Rural Transect is a tool for understanding and planning urban development devised by Duany Plater-Zyberk (DPZ). Its marvelous simplicity and intuitiveness make it a good framework for devising plans and codes.

Trailer for "Sprawling from Grace, Driven to Madness"

Check out the trailer for a new feature-length documentary film from EMotion Pictures. The film explores the negative impact of sprawl on the nation’s largest cities and the promise of transit-oriented development as an alternative. It includes conversations with Peter Calthorpe, Shelley Poticha, and Dena Belzer among others.

June 5, NY Times, Camden, N.J. Campbell Soup Co. Says It May Go if Sears Building Stays

By KAREEM FAHIM NY Times
Published: June 5, 2007
Now, amid an effort to revive a city mired in a crippling cycle of crime and unemployment, the Campbell Soup Company, Camden’s longtime and most prominent corporate resident, has proposed expanding its presence and transforming the area where the empty store sits into an office park.

CBS News Article on The Kentlands

CBS News recently did a feature on New Urbanist communities - focusing particuarly on The Kentlands in Gaithersburg, Maryland. Andres Duany, Elizabeth Plater-Zyberk, and Witold Rybczynski discuss why people want to live in convenient, pedestrian-friendly communities.

Smart Growth Advocates Gaining Influence in Chesterfield County, VA

The normalities of sprawling strip malls may become a thing of the past outside of Richmond, Virginia as Smart-Growth Groups seek to change the way their communities are planned and developed.

Unconventionality of Old Philadelphiia - Influence on New Urbanism

Here's an article written right after CNU XV - from a weekly Philadelphia newspaper. The author calls for Philadelphia to take value from its past in building for the future.

Citizens Embrace New Urbanist Development in Chico

This editorial from the Chico, CA Enterprise-Record not only offers an endorsement of the recently approved Meriam Park development, it shows why communnity members are supporting it as well. The plan's walkable, dense, mixed-use neighborhoods are a big reason why.

Soak up the sameness: They call them "New Urbanism," even though these developments are rarely new or urban.

Monica Yant Kinney | You'll recognize this 'new' place
By Monica Yant Kinney June 1, 2007
Inquirer Columnist

Inquirer reporter offers something for all of us to think seriously about: NU "sameness" supplanting "placemaking." "I snicker, but I've spent a considerable amount of time and cash at what - big surprise - turned into just a newer, slightly more convenient example of the same-old suburban sprawl.Mayberry never had Panera and Baja Fresh and the year-round miracle that is The Christmas Tree Shops." Read More...

Picture of Soon to be Destroyed Downtown Camden County Jail, the 2nd Prison Slated to Go.

See the context of downtown area of Camden where jail resides, across the street from Walt Whitman's House, a National Landmark
http://www.camdennewjersey.org/walt_whitman_and_mickle_blvd__camden,_n