In the News

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:  Hyper-local markets provide big economic boost:      ... 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 »

Occupy Sprawl: Easier, Faster and More Productive

DPZ's Galina Tachieva puts the recent Wall Street protests into the context of the scourge of sprawl: Inspired by the recent popular discontent expressed so colorfully on Wall Street, I offer this proposal: Occupy Sprawl!  ... read more »

CNU Founding Executive Director Peter Katz is now the Planning Director for Arlington Country, VA

Congrats to Peter Katz, the former executive director of CNU, and recent appointee as the Planning Director for Arlington County, VA. The following press release comes courtesy of Arlington County website, and can be accessed directly here: ... read more »