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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 »

Rebuilding urban Judaism

In most car-oriented American cities, Jews moved to the suburbs as rapidly as anyone else, if not more so.  As a result, most such cities lack a Jewish presence anywhere near downtown.  For example, until recently the most "urban" synagogues in Dallas and Kansas City were six or seven mile... read more »

The Urbanophile on LEED-ND and Chicago's Lathrop Homes

This following post comes courtesy of Aaron Renn, aka The Urbanophile. In recent years, Renn has emerged as the one of the leading voices on all matters urban. This piece is his first contribution to the CNU salons and focuses on how LEED-ND can be applied to the remediation of the Chicago Housing ... read more »

Retail Update: Simple Suburban Crashes, Complex Urban Thrives

While Sears' K-mart unit struggles downward, the benefits of curated (but higher-cost) stores that require complex urbanism win press:  Sears to Close 100+ Kmart stores: http://bit.ly/vFXRnR  Hyper-local markets provide big economic boost: http://bit.ly/s0F1Zr      ... read more »

The Plan for Transformation, LEED-ND Style

Beginning in 2000, the Chicago Housing Authority (CHA) and U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development launched the most ambitious redevelopment of public housing since the 1950s.   ... read more »

Grid Chicago talks transportation with John Norquist

Grid Chicago recently sat down and spoke with John Norquist about his transportation successes as Mayor of Milwaukee, and how Chicago has maintained a sense of vibrancy due to preserving its transit network. Read the interview here. ... read more »

The Not So Big Showhouse in Libertyville, IL

The Grand Opening for the Not So Big Showhouse is scheduled for November 19th!  The "showhouse" is meant to demonstrate Sarah Susanka's design principle to "build better, not bigger."  Susanka's studio undertook SchoolStreet as a neighborhood urban infill project in the vibrant village of ... read more »

Public Health Awards for Eleanor Smith and Concrete Change

Concrete Change, a pioneering advocacy organization for those with disabilities, has been awarded with the 2011 Martin Luther King Jr. Community Service Award from Emory University, the Rollins School of Public Health and the Goizueta Business School for its work promoting affordable, accessible int... read more »