Resources: Publications, Reports, & Documents

Principles for Inner-City Neighborhood Design: Part I

Tags for this publication:

A Collaboration of the Congress for the New Urbanism and the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development.

Date: 
February 20, 2001

Principles for Inner-City Neighborhood Design: Part II

Tags for this publication:

A Collaboration of the Congress for the New Urbanism and the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development. Details of neighborhood plans.

Date: 
Feburary 20, 2001

Rethinking Highways in American Cities

Tags for this publication:
Since 2005, the Congress for the New Urbanism’s Highways-to-Boulevards initiative has argued that replacing urban freeways with surface streets, boulevards and avenues is the most cost-effective, sustainable option for cities with aging grade separated roads. Since the West Side Highway was removed in 1977, CNU has tracked nearly 115 freeway candidates, more than 25 active removal campaigns, and ten successful removal efforts. The increase in removal candidates and active campaigns has repositioned urban freeway removal not as an experiment, but as a growing trend for communities seeking solutions for aging infrastructure reaching the end of its design life. In “Rethinking Highways in American Cities: New Opportunities for Leadership”, Peter J. Park considers the obstacles that face urban freeway removal efforts. He documents the historical evolution of freeway construction and its devastating effects on urban neighborhoods. Park then considers the financial and political dynamics that made building or (rebuilding) highways in cities a de facto standard. Park also illustrates the opportunities to re-connect urban neighborhood transportation networks through technical improvements to the standard transportation planning process and a call for visionary leadership.
Date: 
June 30, 2013

Scale & Care: Charter Schools and New Urbanism

Tags for this publication:

Ideals of human scale design in relation to Charter Schools and New Urbanism

Date: 
Novermber 13, 2001

Summary of Current NYSDOT Plans for Buffalo’s Waterfront

Tags for this publication:

Reports findings on the current status of the Route 5 and Fuhrmann Avenue projects along Buffalo’s waterfront. Evaluates the alternatives for the street system and makes recommendations regarding appropriate design for Route 5 and Fuhrmann Avenue and the actions required for implementation.

Date: 
August 2007

Summary of New Urbanist Land Development Regulations

Tags for this publication:

Describes those regulations already in place in the United States. Included in Codifying New Urbanism as Appendix A.

Talking the Walk: Building Walkable Communities

Tags for this publication:

Leslie writes ..... Have you ever visited a town that you just knew was special? Maybe you weren't even aware of why you felt that way - you just knew you never wanted to leave. These special places always had a welcoming feel about them with their tree-lined streets, children playing on the sidewalk and neighbors sharing gossip on the front porch. I bet it even had a lovely little downtown where shoppers could spend all day wandering around looking through the brightly decorated windows of the shops there. You didn't need a car to get around, your feet worked just fine, and after all, what would be the sense of driving when eveything was so close and convenient? While it seems that in this day and age towns like this can only be found on television, there are still places in this world where they exist.

Five years ago, I began to research and find out more about the sense of place that makes some towns in Michigan so wonderful, and why others remain in a state of deep failing and fatigue. They say a picture is worth a thousand words, and so keeping this in mind, I've written this book to show you how we can turn our sometimes forbidding and hostile urban landscapes into the types of welcoming places in which we all wish we could live.

Date: 
2006

Task Force Report Spring 1999

Tags for this publication:

Updates on the activities of CNU’s Task Forces as well as an agendas for their meetings.

Date: 
Feburary 20, 2001

The Coming Demand

Tags for this publication:

Report on demand for walkable, mixed-use neighborhoods in relation to policies that promote sprawl.

Date: 
October 9, 2001

The Impact of Transportation and Urban Planning on Carbon Emissions: A Case Study of Cambridge, MA

Tags for this publication:

Over a quarter of greenhouse gas emissions produced in the U.S. are attributed to the transportation sector. Recent findings suggest that reducing vehicle miles traveled will be necessary to meaningfully reduce these emissions. Accomplishing this goal will require a renewed interest in creating and enhancing rich urban form. The dense, mixed-use, community structure of Cambridge, MA have resulted in low single-occupancy vehicle shares and widespread use of sustainable, non-motorized modes of travel, resulting in lower than average transportation related greenhouse gas emissions in the state of Massachusetts and the nation.

This report looks at the specific policy approaches that have led to this outcome. To view the academic paper submission, click here

The New Face of America’s Public Housing

Tags for this publication:

The New Face of America’s Public Housing competition is funded by the Innovation in American Government Award and administered by the Congress for the New Urbanism. In 2000, the HOPE VI program of the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) won the Innovation in American Government Award in a field of 1,700 entries. The award is issued by the Ford Foundation, Harvard University’s Kennedy School of Government, and the Council for Excellence in Government. HUD is applying its prize to this award program, to pass on the credit to those projects that are creatively transforming public housing and the lives of its residents. Recipients can serve as role models for communities across the country.

Download a booklet describing the awardees (PDF, 20 pp., 18 MB)

Theses and Dissertations about New Urbansim

Tags for this publication:

From CNU's Education Task Force

Date: 
2005

Traffic Calming Tech Sheet

Tags for this publication:

Exploring ways to slow traffic speeds, reduce cut-through traffic and traffic-related noise, improve asthetics of the street, and increase safety for pedestrians, bicyclists and vehicles.

Date: 
May 31, 2001

Updating the Zoning Code - Issues and Considerations

Tags for this publication:

An overview of the typical components of zoning code and outline of a variety of the issues that are useful to consider when a zoing code is updated.

Date: 
September 26, 2001

Urbanism and Parking Demand in New England Cities

Tags for this publication:

This paper explores the influence of specific urban design factors on parking demand in three traditional and three contemporary New England commercial centers. The authors found that the character and structure of the centers in terms of building density, street and sidewalk design, and the management and organization of parking as well as the population densities and street structure of the surrounding neighborhoods result in very different transportation outcomes. For example, Nearly 25% of the users at the traditional downtowns travel by means other than the automobile compared to only 9% at the contemporary sites. These differences resulted in traditional centers that were much more vibrant than their contemporary counterparts; in fact, the traditional centers had 250 more pedestrians on their streets at any one time and a total of 1,300 more people w ith 400 fewer automobiles parked on site. To view the academic paper submission, click here

Urbanism in Evolution: New Urbanism and Beyond

Tags for this publication:

This paper outlines an evolutionary interpretation of urbanism, and suggests how an evolutionary perspective can articulate some of the challenges faced by New Urbanism. The paper first suggests that although a city may be 'organic', this does not mean that a city is an organism; however, a city can usefully be interpreted in evolutionary terms. The paper goes on to discuss how we can learn from the evolutionary nature of urbanism, and direct attention and application towards New Urbanism, and beyond. To view the academic paper submission, click here

Vintage Trolleys Tech Sheet

Tags for this publication:

Using vintage trolley lines as a part of local transportation networks.

Date: 
May 31, 2001