HUD officials made it clear at CNU 18 in Atlanta that ideas emerging from the Congress for New Urbanism have profoundly shaped federal policy, as it's now shifting under the Obama Administration.
It pays to attend the Congress - potentially in federal funds for your community.
Grids are the urbanists' power tools, Lee Sobel told Friday afternoon's session on "The Great American Grid." They help build great places quickly.
David Byrne, move over. There's room for more than one rock star at this Congress.
Talk about power lunching. At yesterday's Urban Labs lunch, at St. Luke's Church, a few minutes' walk from the Hilton, those of us at Table 1-A finished off our box lunches and then within about an hour sketched out a possible solution to a vexing problem of downtown Atlanta - the Downtown Connector.
Is "livability" a reckless extravagance under current economic conditions? Too purely aesthetic? Not practical enough? And what about "sustainability"? It's become the accepted language of many in the political class, as well as enlightened designers and builders. But it's not everybody's language.
This language gap surfaced during the Thursday session "Vision California: Climate Change Metrics and Mandates for Changes."
A cyclist can travel 3.5 miles on the energy of a 350-calorie slice of pizza. A car can go 100 feet.
The spirit of transformational change rolled in on two wheels Wednesday night at the opening plenary of CNU 18 at Atlanta's famed Tabernacle Theater.
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