street design

Review of Emily Talen's book online

My review of Emily Talen's book City Rules is now online.   To briefly summarize the book: in addition to explaining how land use and street design regulations promote sprawl, Talen shows how those regulations have become stricter over time.  In addition to addressing oft-discussed issues ... read more »

When One-Way Streets Go Bad

In some places (e.g. Midtown Manhattan) one-way streets are relatively harmless.  In others, one-ways turn streets into speedways, threatening pedestrian safety and gutting neighborhood businesses (since someone going 50 mph is going to be less likely to stop for any reason).  How do you t... read more »

Takin' It to the Streets, Part III

Armed with a speed gun and a working knowledge of what it takes to make streets safe, CNU's Heather Smith recently set out on downtown Chicago to check the speeds of mid-morning traffic. This episode finds Smith braving the wide-open terrain of Wacker Dr., where "there's very little in the way of ge... read more »

Takin' It to the Streets, Part II: "The Slow Down on State St."

Armed with a speed gun and a working knowledge of what it takes to make streets safe, CNU's Heather Smith recently set out on downtown Chicago to check the speeds of mid-morning traffic. Journey with Smith along State St., where the built environment informs a slowing effect on all its moving pa... read more »

Takin' It to the Streets, Part I: "Not Too Deadly"

Armed with a speed gun and a working knowledge of what it takes to make streets safe, CNU's Heather Smith recently set out on downtown Chicago to check the speeds of mid-morning traffic. Follow along as Smith catalogs the speed of westbound traffic on Chicago's Adams St. ... read more »

Emergency Response and Street Design Initiative Report Released

Since 2008, the Congress for the New Urbanism has been working with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) Smart Growth program and fire marshals from across the nation to establish new street design standards that allow for narrower streets and increased connectivity. ... read more »

CNU's Emergency Response and Street Design Initiative

CNU is leading the charge to get new urbanists and firefighters to agree on a set of street design standards that are both attractive, useful, pedestrian-friendly and safer for all.   ... read more »

Texas adopts CNU's context-sensitive streets guidance

As most people in the CNU family know, Texas has become the first state officially to adopt the comprehensive set of context-sensitive street design guidelines written by the CNU and the Institute of ... read more »

Public comments window open for fire code proposals

CNU went 1-for-2 at the International Code Council’s fire code hearings in October 2009, but as ... read more »

CNU at the fire code hearings: Here we go...

BALTIMORE -- CNU’s proposed changes to the International Fire Code will be heard and either approved or rejected within the next two hou ... read more »