CNU Salons

Proteus - New Urbanism Ideas From and For the Middle East

What could possibly have taken me to Salt Lake City (SLC) in Utah, United States? Shock put to rest: it was the 21st Congress for New Urbanism (CNU 21), which was held there from May 28th till June 1st. Dozens of experts in and even just supporters (like yours truly) of New Urbanism gathered in such a relatively isolated place (not too far from the fun Las Vegas) to attend sessions, “mingle” and, most importantly, take stock of the record and future hopes of CNU the organization.

Rainwater-in-Context: An Interview with Paul Crabtree and Lisa Nisenson

CNU’s Erika Strauss recently interviewed Paul Crabtree and Lisa Nisenson, leaders of CNU’s Rainwater-in-Context Initiative, to catch up after CNU21 and hear what they have to say about the recent developments in the delayed EPA stormwater regulations.

 

Erika Strauss (ES): I know you’ve been working with the EPA to develop new stormwater regulations, which have been further delayed.  What is the status? 

Neighborhood Character vs. Diversity

The conventional zoning wisdom is that all structures in a neighborhood should have the same density, in order to preserve "neighborhood character."  So even in mixed-use urban areas, this sort of zoning leads to a kind of monoculture: high-rises attract high-rises, low-rises attract low-rises.

A (Possible, Partial) Myth About Suburban Poverty

A recent blog post commenting on the growth of suburban poverty has the headline: "As Cities Prosper, Poor Move to Suburbs."  The headline seems to imply a simple story: poor people priced out of the city are moving to suburbs.  (In fairness, the story itself is much less simplistic).  But it seems to me that there are a variety of other possible explanations for the growth in suburban poverty:

SFPark Program Puts Parking Theory to the Test

The following post comes courtesy of Global Site Plans' The Grid

Building Momentum for Bicycling in New Orleans

The following post comes courtesy of Global Site Plans' The Grid

With the Environment in Mind: Planting Guides

The following post comes courtesy of Global Site Plans' The Grid

Designing a Neighborhood within a Neighborhood: A Book Review of Pocket Neighborhoods: Creating Small-Scale Community in a Large

The following post comes courtesy of Global Site Plans' The Grid

HIGHWAYS TO BOULEVARDS BLOG: McGrath Highway, Boston

This post is a part of CNU’s Highways to Boulevards Blog series, which features interview summaries and insights from some of the best minds at the frontline of our Highways to Boulevards Initiative.