CNU Salons

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.

Seattle's Tunnel Debacle Continues

Check out Dominic Holden's assessment of the Seattle City Council actions to allow the State to replace Alaskan Way Viaduct with a deep-bore tunnel in the Stranger's What Could Possibly Go Wrong, July 7, 2010.

Light Rail is Good for the Health of Cities and Residents

Many people know that a healthy public transit system is vital to the health of an urban area, but who knew this relationship extended to the health of residents? A study published in the August issue of the American Journal of Preventive Medicine found that users of Light Rail (LRT) lost an average of 6.45lbs (for a person 5'5" tall) after they began using the train regularly.

Wanted: Your Input

One of the greatest things about CNU is the wealth of knowledge, creativity, and experience of our members. Every year we get together to exchange ideas about creating healthy, viable, sustainable, and enjoyable communities at the Annual Congress. These events give us a forum to talk about the future of urbanism, develop and refine solutions, and network with like-minded individuals.

Ocean Springs Honored for Park and Beach Plans

On Wednesday, June 30th, the city of Ocean Springs was honored in Biloxi during the Mississippi Municipal League (MML) annual conference. The city's "Front Beach Master Plan and Fort Maurepas Park" was one of the 2010 Municipal Excellence Award winners.