CNU Salons

Virginia seeking comment on revamping Street Standards

This just in from Jeff Tumlin. Here is your chance to comment on ALL of Virginia's streets.

As many of you know, all streets in Virginia, from the narrowest lane to the biggest Interstate, are under control of the Commonwealth. The Commonwealth street standards are currently being updated, and both the governor and the transportation department are interested in adopting some of the most thoughtful standards in the nation, addressing connectivity, pedestrian accommodation, stormwater and other issues. They're inviting comment via the attached notice.

Developer Dranoff: Camden NJ waterfront has reached a "tipping point."

By Troy Graham Inquirer Staff Writer Mon, Apr. 16, 2007

For Dranoff, the developer of Philadelphia's Symphony House, Venice Lofts and the Left Bank, there's nothing left to prove. The toehold of development that once was the Camden waterfront has reached a "tipping point," he said.

New Urbanism for Austin

Andrés Duany and local reporter Katherine Gregor discuss new developments in Austin Texas. Mr. Duany critiques Austin's civic pride, while drumming up excitement for the city's hosting of CNU XVI.

2030 Planning Challenge

I attended a speech last night by Edward Mazria, who's generated a whole lot of buzz within the architecture community with his 2030 Challenge:

http://www.architecture2030.org/

Ask CNU: Low-traffic New Urbanism

Today in Ask CNU, Sue from Durango asks, "has anyone quantified the impact that New Urbanism can have on reducing traffic around me?"

It's rare -- but possible -- for new development to actually reduce the amount of traffic on the streets surrounding it; after all, it is still new development. However, New Urbanism (and in particular mixed uses, higher densities, and higher street connectivity) has potential as another tool in a full transportation demand management toolkit that can reduce the number and distance of car trips made. TDM is hard for many transportation planners to understand because its principles often seem counterintuitive -- and, indeed, it is an entirely different way of thinking about transportation.

New Urban Land Development Standards

I have found great research and literature on New Urbanism as it relates to Architectural design and Planning. However we constantly run into problems actually making the sites work due to the fact that municipalities are trying to apply suburban construction standards to these dense mixed-use projects.

Philadelphia forum shows urban planning not priority in mayor's race

April 10, 2007 Philadelphia forum shows urban planning not priority in mayor's race
By Inga Saffron , Inquirer Architecture Critic
This was supposed to be the year in which urban planning took center stage as an issue in Philadelphia politics, along with crime and schools. But if last night's mayoral forum on urban design was any indication, the subject is still stuck with a bit role in the campaign.

Redwood City's Free-Market Parking Meters

Redwood City's Free-Market Parking Meters
By Laurence Aurbach, 3 Apr 2007
http://pedshed.net/?p=105

At first glance the notion of free-market parking meters seems impossibly arcane. But as Donald Shoup pointed out in a recent NY Times editorial, "cruising for curb parking generates about 30 percent of the traffic in central business districts." Shoup studied Westwood Village, next to the UCLA campus, and found that drivers searching for curb parking created 950,000 excess vehicle miles of travel per year. That's equivalent to 38 trips around the earth, taking place in just one retail district in L.A.

more evidence that smart growth isn't just for liberals

"Sanford seeks sprawl control."

That's the headline in a recent issue of the Columbia (SC) State (http://www.thestate.com/154/story/19190.html). Mark Sanford, the state's impeccably conservative governor, was "omnipresent" at a conference on sprawl, moderated by Andres Duany. It isn't quite clear what Sanford accurately plans to do about sprawl- but clearly, the issue is on his priority list.