Opening Plenary with Henry Cisneros


CNU XVI opens with a native Texan whose embrace of New Urbanism left a lasting mark on the nation's public housing. Henry Cisneros, former secretary of the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, helped enact the HOPE VI program that helped transform the face of public housing by replacing towers on superblocks with traditional, mixed-income residential neighborhoods. As mayor of San Antonio during the 1980's, he led that city's downtown revival. Now the chief executive of an affordable housing investment fund, Cisneros, who signed the CNU Charter in 1996 at CNU IV, discusses the legacy of HOPE VI and the challenges and opportunities ahead for urban developers. He is introduced by Texas State Rep. Mike Krusee, a CNU Board member who chairs the Texas House of Representatives' Transportation Committee.

Henry Cisneros, Chair, Cityview
Mike Krusee, Texas House of Representatives
John O. Norquist, President and CEO, Congress for the New Urbanism
Hank Dittmar, Chief Executive, The Prince's Foundation
Toby Futrell

PART 1: Welcome and Introductions

PART 2: Henry Cisneros

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