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No, Cities Aren't Losing Their Poor

According to some media commentary, any form of civic improvement (such as, say, light rail) is dangerous because it might lead to something called gentrification (i.e. middle-class people moving back into cities) which allegedly leads to displacement (i.e. poorer people being priced out of an area ... read more »

P4SC is inviting CNU members to submit articles for our digital magazine

The Partnership for Sustainable Communities (P4SC) and CNU have forged a new partnership to advance the mutual goals of making communities more environmentally, socially and economically sustainable.  ... read more »

NPR talk with Ellen Dunham Jones: Retrofitting Suburbia

Ellen Dunham-Jones, CNU Board Chair, was recently featured on NPR's TED Radio Hour discussing America's suburbs. Making the case that "the biggest urban revitalization projects are in the suburbs, not downtown centers," Dunham-Jones clarifies that due to the building of the suburbs without thinking ... read more »

Chicago Cycling: What's Next?

For all you Chicagoans interested in bike planning in the city, head to the Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum at 2430 North Cannon Drive (just north of the Lincoln Park Zoo) TONIGHT, June 21, for a panel discussion on the future of cycling in Chicago. Panelists will share how Chicago is becoming more bi... read more »

New Urbanists are to Environmentalists as Republicans are to the Tea Party

After participating in the PRO-URB listserv while following the Republican primaries, it occurs to me that there's some similarity between the Republican Party's problems with its more extreme activist wing and the relationship between the new urbanist/smart growth movements and environmentalists. ... read more »

Impact Innovation: The Economic Spin on Cultural Tourism in Chicago

Mitch Nichols, President of the Nichols Tourism Group, spoke to a packed room of Chicago tourism supporters on Tuesday. The Nichols Group just completed a yearlong study on the cultural tourism of Chicago. Nichols presented four ‘key lessons’ of his study and highlighted numerous statistics to ... read more »

Can 'New Urbanism' Bring Health to Your Neighborhood?

"...it's about living amid convenient goods and services and the intangible spirit of a vibrant community. At the forefront of the movement is the Congress for New Urbanism, a nonprofit organization that promotes restoring cities and reworking suburbs into walkable and sustainable communities. B... read more »

CNU Named to Top 20 International Urban Planning Websites: Giants of Urban Planning,

CNU is honored to be included on the list of "Top 20 International Urban Planning Websites: Giants of Urban Planning," as judged by Global Site Plans. Read the full listing at the GSP site here. ... read more »

Listen Live to John Norquist on Chicago Public Radio's "848"!

Listen to the archive of Norquist's appearance here. ***** Listen live to CNU's John Norquist, appearing on Chicago Public Radio's "848" morning program, as he speaks alongside Brookings' Chris Leinberger on the demographic desire and strong economic performance of walkable, urban areas. ... read more »

Eric Dumbaugh's "Rethinking the Economics of Traffic Congestion"

Florida Atlantic University professor Eric Dumbaugh makes yet another case for congestion in this piece for The Atlantic Cities, "Rethinking the Economics of Traffic Congestion." ... read more »