CNU Salons

Barnett lays out the facts on Seattle's Road Diets

Erica Barnett, in a Publicola article, "Times Columnist Ignores the Facts on Road Diets" tears apart the arguments put forth by a recent Seattle Times columnist, Nicole Brodeur, on road diets -- see "Bike lanes

Abogo, A New Transportation Cost Tool

The Center for Neighborhood Technology has a new tool that a

The Pullman Wal-Mart: One Step Forward, One Step Back

I'm sure it wasn't intentional, but a story on the design of a new Wal-Mart approved for the Pullman neighborhood on Chicago's south side described my reaction in rosier terms than I intended.

Walkable neighborhoods and subways may be why Washington DC is a leader in fighting obesity.

A New York Times article about the American obesity epidemic suggests that smart city planning can impact the health of residents. Of course, merely sitting on a train doesn't make people thin (although I think many of us wish it would!).

Reviving a New Orleans neighborhood's heart

Yesterday CNU was featured in an article by James Gill in The Times-Picayune titled Reviving a New Orleans neighborhood's heart.

Tax revenue from downtown mixed-use outperforms big-box superstores and malls

Analysis of property tax revenues from Sarasota, Florida reveals that mixed-use, compact development outperforms Walmarts and conventional shopping malls by a considerable margin when compared on a revenue-per-acre basis.  So writes one of our better observers of the built environment, Mary Newsom,

The Sustainable Communities Initiative

The Sustainable Communities Initiative
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MaryVogel | July 21, 2010

Winners and losers in the latest round of federal transit grants

Last week, federal Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood announced $293 million in new federal grants for major transit improvements, including new streetcars, buses, and transit facilities.  The Federal Transit Administration awarded the grants under two programs, funding six new streetcar and bus rapid transit projects (collectively $130 million) from the Federal Transit Administration's <

Watch for Falling Infrastructure: The Benefits of Freeway Rollback Covered in the NY Times (Quotes CNU)

Yesterday's New York Times had a smart piece by Sam Dolnick on the increasingly serious prospect that the elevated Sheridan Expressway will come down and be replaced by a livable street — a pedestrian- and business-friendly boulevard or other improved surface street. 

Walkable and Bikeable Neighborhoods in Demand

The way in which prospective home buyers determine they wish to purchase is changing. In the past home buyers have generally looked for good schools, large lots, and low crime rates. However, the latest trend is to look at the walkability and bikeability of neighborhoods as well.