Development & Implementation

Urbane big box photo gallery

Spring has sprung in Chicago, so I've taken the chance to update and expand an online photo gallery of big(ger) box stores around the country that are designed in an "urban," pedestrian friendly way. Next time a big chain retailer tells you that "no, it can't be done," you can respond "yes, it can, ... read more »

Buzz growing as Motown’s Downtown Population Grows, learn more at CNU XV's Detroit Sessions

Corey Williams documents the growing demand for retail in Downtown Detroit in the Detroit Free Press on May 5 in ... read more »

Redwood City's Free-Market Parking Meters

Redwood City's Free-Market Parking Meters By Laurence Aurbach, 3 Apr 2007 http://pedshed.net/?p=105 At first glance the notion of free-market parking meters seems impossibly arcane. But as Donald Shoup pointed out in a recent NY Times editorial, "cruising for curb parking generates about 30 percent ... read more »

Affordable Housing Initiative

On March 1, 2007, CNU hosted an Affordable Housing Organizing Meeting to begin the conversation on our specific role in the provision of quality diverse housing, and to establish clear, measurable objectives and ways in which this Initiative can begin to advance them. ... read more »

Miami announces SmartCode

The first major city to propose a complete code overhaul based on the SmartCode is Miami, population 362,470, whose Miami21 comp plan renewal process has advanced ... read more »

A Speech by HRH The Prince of Wales to the British Home Builders Federation

A speech by HRH The Prince of Wales to mark a joint initiative between The Prince's Foundation for the Built Environment and the Home Builders Federation, Shoreditch, London 1st February 2007 Ladies and Gentlemen, I am so glad that you could join me today. ... read more »

Philadelphia, site of CNU XV, Brainstorming Exercise produced reams of ideas for improving the Philly waterfront.

Since the plan is being crafted with political realities in mind, it will include several "quick-hit projects" that can be completed in short order, said Praxis director Harris Steinberg. The next mayor could announce his first effort in November and have something to show the public by the spring. ... read more »

Hard Hat tour of HOPE VI site in Chicago

This past Friday Kevin Hardman, CNU member and former developer’s task force chair gave us a tour of his latest project Parkside at Old Town on Chicago’s near North Side. Located at Division and Clybourn in Chicago this development is part of the Cabrini Green Hope VI public housing transformat... read more »

CNU Florida Chapter Meeting Attracts 300

The third annual CNU Florida Chapter statewide meeting, Jan. 18-19 at Rollins College, attracted almost 300 new urbanists from across the state. ... read more »

Revival of Detroit's Book Cadillac Hotel: See the Video Here

One of the most exciting new developments in Downtown Detroit is the restoration of the Book Cadillac Hotel by the Ferchill Group. Check out this video, provided by Model D (a Detroit website covering redevelopment efforts in the city). ... read more »