Resources: Publications, Reports, & Documents

CNU VII Program

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Program of CNU VII - Milwaukee

CNU VIII Program

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Program of CNU VIII - Portland

CNU X Program

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Program of CNU X- Miami Beach, 10 year anniversary

CNU XI Program

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Program PDF of CNU XI - Washington, D.C.

CNU XII Guide to Chicago

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Walking guide to Chicago neighborhoods and restaurants, originally produced in 2004 for attendees of CNU XII and updated for Rail~Volution in 2006. 2.9 MB PDF file.

Date: 
2006-10-01

CNU XII Program

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Contains the PDF program files from CNU XII

CNU XIII Program

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Program for CNU XIII - Pasadena

CNU's proposed International Fire Code amendments

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The Emergency Response & Street Design Initiative team developed a proposed amendment to Section 503 of the International Fire Code and a proposed new appendix to the code, and submitted them to the International Code Council on June 1, 2009. This is part of the ongoing cooperative effort between CNU, fire marshals, and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency to find common ground and solutions in designing streets that improve overall public safety, emergency response times, and overall street connectivity.

IFC amendment summary:

On October 26, 2009, the Initiative team attended the ICC’s Fire Code hearings in Baltimore, Md. Carl Wren and Rick Merck, who co-authored the code language, and Frank Kinnier, of the Chesterfield (Va.) Fire & EMS, John Norquist, president and CEO of CNU, Patrick Siegman, of Nelson\Nygaard, and Danielle Arigoni, of the U.S. EPA, spoke in favor of our proposed reforms. The IFC Committee

1. Gave preliminary approval by a 12-1 vote of proposed Appendix K (authored by Siegman, with input from Peter Swift).

2. Gave preliminary disapproval by a 10-3 vote of CNU’s proposed amendment to Section 503 (authored by Wren and Merck). Due to ICC rules, this disapproval vote came immediately after a vote to approve the measure, which failed 4-9.

3. Approved a proposal that originated with the ICC’s Joint Fire Service Review Committee, that demands attention from this project. Known as “F17,” this amendment forbids any traffic calming measures unless approved by the fire code official. This has a high negative potential for street design and traffic engineering, since the proposal’s definition of traffic engineering is broad enough to encompass almost every aspect of street design, and is opposed by CNU. Proponents of F17 argue that it is a means to an end – the inclusion of fire code officials in discussions about traffic engineering and street design.

Although the proposed Section 503 language was rejected, there were two positive elements taken from the hearing. First, Carl Wren, Rick Merck, and Frank Kinnier said that gaining four “yes” votes for approval of the Section 503 amendment – on the first vote for a new topic – was a better result than most first-time measures, and was better than they had expected. Second, and perhaps more significantly, despite the committee’s disapproval of the Section 503 amendment, comments from committee members and from ICC voting members on the floor indicated they were rejecting the particular language, or its placement within Section 503 – not the project’s underlying concept that local fire code officials should have the flexibility to approve streets with less than the current code’s statutory 20 feet clear.

 

Conservatives & New Urbanism: Do We Have Some Things in Common?

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A report produced by the Free Congress Foundation, and presented at CNU XVI in Austin, Texas. Written by Paul M. Weyrich and William S. Lind, with help from Andres Duany, the report examines the Charter of the New Urbanism and finds much that those of a conservative political philosophy should like.

Debunking Cato: Why Portland Works Better Than the Analysis of Its Chief Neo-Libertarian Critic

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Mike Lewyn (New Urbanist and Assistant Professor at Florida Coastal School of Law) analyzes a report by CATO neo-libertarian Randal O'Toole that devalued the quality of life in Portland, Oregon. In his fact check Lewyn finds that Portland is a lot harder to label than critics assume. Not only is it less expensive than some other major cities, particularly those in the West, its residents also spend somewhat less time in traffic.

Design Guidance for Great Streets: Addressing Context Sensitivity for Major Urban Streets

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This paper presents the progress of a joint project of the Institute of Transportation Engineers
and the Congress for the New Urbanism. Together, the two organizations are working to prepare
guidance for context sensitive design of major urban streets, drawing on principles and
techniques from the new urbanist and smart growth movements.

This paper introduces the project in its “project
history and overview” section and then presents findings of initial work on a literature review
being conducted as a project start-up task. The emphasis of the literature review is evaluation of
conventional and innovative street design resources to assess their contributions to the project’s
aims.

Date: 
2003

Development Opportunities Gained by a Multi-way Boulevard for Route 5

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Transportation engineer Lucinda Gibson reviewed the differences in developable acreages between the NYSDOT's preferred alternative and a surface boulevard option along Buffalo’s waterfront, concluding that a surface boulevard increases redevelopment opportunities due to greater access to more land.

Date: 
4 December 2007

Financing New Urbanism: Obstacles & Solutions

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Article from Housing Policy Debate (Volume 11, Issue 3) detailing research commissioned by the CNU to the Zell/Lurie Real Estate Center at the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania. This research was to determine wheter lending and investment practices make it difficult for New Urbanism development to obtain funding.

Date: 
March 7, 2005

Financing the New Urbanism - Summary

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Summary of a study prepared by the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania.

Date: 
Feburary 20, 2001

Fire Code amendment: No traffic calming measures without fire marshal's OK

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On Oct. 26, 2009, the International Fire Code Committee unanimously approved a proposed fire code amendment that would prohibit traffic calming devices "unless approved by the fire code official." Download the proposed amendment and reason statement here.

Free Parking Tech Sheet

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Exploring existing parking policies and practices regarding free parking.

Date: 
May 31, 2001

Green Urbanism Bibliography

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Resources on Green Urbanism from CNU's Environment Task Force.

Date: 
June 2001

Greyfield Regional Mall Study

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A study by the Congress for New Urbanism and Pricewaterhouse Coopers

Date: 
May 16, 2001

K-12 New Urbanist Resources

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A bibliography of resources for primary and secondary teachers to introduce students to the concepts of New Urbanism, Smart Growth, and traditional town planning. From CNU's Education Task Force.

Date: 
2006

Karta Nowej Urbanistyki

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The Charter of the New Urbanism in Polish (Polska)

Date: 
1/1/1999