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The no-lose argument

There will always be those who argue that the suburb-dominated status quo is inevitable.   When cities were declining, they had an easy case to make.  They could argue: "look, cities are declining so suburbia is inevitably the wave of the future!" Then when cities started to gain populatio... read more »

TED's City 2.0 Project Names CNU as a Top Resource

TED's City 2.0 focuses on stories, actions, and more from citizens and organizations all over the world for the betterment of the 'future city.' These provide as an inspiration for others. Recently, CNU was named as a top resource for the City 2.0 project, promoting the making of cities into 'better... read more »

Southeast Florida Creates a Plan for Sustainable Development Using New Urbanism Principles

“We get to pull the lens back far enough to have an opportunity to make the place more prosperous and a nicer place to live." Victor Dover (Miami Herald) ... read more »

The Constitutional Imperative to Not Build Sprawl: A CNU Fireside Chat with David Green

Join CNU as we engage Georgia Tech School of Architecture Professor of the Practice and Perkins + Will Principal David Green in a fireside chat surrounding CNU's Live/Work/Walk: Removing Obstacles to Investment initiative. ... read more »

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 »