CNU 18 Tours

Don't miss CNU 18's expert-guided tours of Atlanta, with its rich legacy as a seat of Southern urbanism and a legacy-in-the-making of its formidable, intensely collaborative and nationally significant efforts to reorient a sprawling region.

CNU’s expert-guided tours unlock the lessons of the built environment and show you the Atlanta that you never knew existed, from cutting-edge agriculture towns to historic garden suburbs and award-winning in-town developments such as Glenwood Park.

  1. Tour 1. 30 Years of New Urbanism in 2 Days: Fun Bus Tour & Critique of Leading Projects
  2. Tour 2. Savannah: The New Grand Tour - Cancelled
  3. Tour 3. Athens
  4. Tour 4. Roswell: The Town that was not Burned, plus Vickery Village
  5. Tour 5. Atlanta's Beltline: America's Largest Public Works Project
  6. Tour 6. Gwinnett: Atlanta’s Hub for the New Urban Hi-Life
  7. Tour 7. Covington and Clark's Grove: A small town that gets it
  8. Tour 8. New Developments in Historic Towns Established in The 1800’s:Marietta and Woodstock (2008 Charter Award)
  9. Tour 9. Creating a Healthy Community: Lessons in Active Living from the City of Decatur, GA
  10. Tour 10. Downtown: Atlanta’s Centennial Olympic Park Corridor
  11. Tour 11. Atlanta’s Local Food Movement
  12. Tour 12. Inman Park and Inman Park Village: Atlanta's First and Most Recent Planned Community
  13. Tour 13. Midtown's Got Legs (and Wheels) sponsored by Bicycle Tours of Atlanta
  14. Tour 14. Serenbe: Organic Planning, Architecture and Farming
  15. Tour 15. Atlantic Station: Quality growth emerges from urban brownfield
  16. Tour 16. Buckhead Tour - Cancelled
  17. Tour 17. Midtown: Atlanta’s Creative Class Mecca
  18. Tour 18. Glenwood Park: From Brownfield with GreenStreet
  19. Tour 19. Smyrna and Post Riverside Tour
  20. Tour 20. Evening Tour and Cocktails: Antebellum Roswell Temple House and Mill Village Tour - co-sponsored by the ICA&CA

Tour 1. 30 Years of New Urbanism in 2 Days: Fun Bus Tour & Critique of Leading Project
Sunday May 16 2:00pm - Tuesday May 18 10:00pm
Fee:
Shared hotel rooms: CNU Member: $495; Non-member: $545
Single occupancy hotel: CNU Member: $599; Non-member: $649

Jump aboard the fun bus for a comprehensive tour of 9 leading New Urban development projects that have helped define the cutting edge of New Urban design over the past 3 decades. We will start at Seaside and receive insightful, detailed tours by the designers, architects, and developers behind the projects of Rosemary Beach, Alys Beach, WaterColor, Downtown Montgomery, Hampstead, the Waters, Mt Laurel, and Serenbe. While on the bus, the participants will collaborate in the creation of the Top 5 Successes and Top 5 Missed Opportunities for each project that will be published following the tour.
This tour is limited to the first 40 registrants. Please note that the tour price includes hotel accommodations for Sunday and Monday nights.

Click here for more information and a detailed agenda.

Tour 2. Savannah: The New Grand Tour
Sunday May 16 1:30pm - Tuesday May 18 8:30pm
Fee: CNU Member: $550; Non-member: $600
CANCELLED

Tour 3. Athens
Wednesday May 19, 8:00 AM-4:00 PM
Fee: CNU Member: $75; Non-member: $90
Athens is usually known as the home of the University of Georgia. But it is also famous for its internationally renowned music and arts scene, historic neighborhoods (15 on the National Register of Historic Places), outstanding classical and vernacular architecture, and an amazing vibrant downtown. Athens, which sits sixty-five miles northeast of Atlanta, was named #1 Music Mecca in America by Rolling Stone Magazine and has frequently been listed as a great place to live and visit. In 2009, Athens was included in Los Angeles Times’ “29 Worldwide Destinations to Visit,” Kiplinger’s “Top 10 Best Cities,” and National Trust for Historic Preservation’s “Dozen Distinctive Destinations.” University of Georgia is adjacent to downtown Athens, an historic, walkable urban treasure with beautiful civic buildings, locally-owned businesses, vibrant clubs and nightlife, and award-winning restaurants. With a population just over 100,000, you won’t find a better small city than this!
Experience a walking tour of Athens’ downtown business district and historic North Campus of the University of Georgia (est. 1785); a driving tour of several historic neighborhoods; and discussions on re-densification with traditional infill and adaptive reuse of industrial areas into residential and commercial spaces.

Tour 4. Roswell: The Town that was not Burned, plus Vickery Village
Wednesday May 19, 8:00 AM- 12:00 PM
Fee: CNU Member: $40; Non-member: $50
Covering 210-acres, Vickery is a true mixed use community being made up of a town center, Vickery Village, a Y.M.C.A., varied residential, and a striking range of community spaces. Vickery Village boasts 70,000 square feet of retail and 80,000 square feet of office space. The residential products include a diverse array of live/work units, townhomes, condominums and single-family homes. Hear about an inventive master plan, progressive new street standards including street widths and alleys, and pioneering EarthCraft Home energy efficiency. Finely-crafted architecture, 75 acres of green space & mature parks, anchored with a significant commercial node make this a neighborhood worth a visit. Hear details and stories from the award winning developer, the designers and from residents as to why Vickery is a beautiful success.

Roswell is well known for its “Temple” houses—Greek Revival monuments that are reputed as some of the purest and finest in the Nation, spared by Sherman’s torch. Tour the beautiful Halls of the Mimosa Street District, humble brick homes, newly redeveloped Mill Village, and the Machine Shop. Hear details about Roswell’s plans for re-construction of the Historic District, spurred by citizen activists and recently by the Atlanta Regional Commission. Key in the new plan is the Green Street and Pathway system, to be one of the more extensive in the Metro Area.

Tour 5. Atlanta's Beltline: America's Largest Public Works Project
Wednesday May 19, 8:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Fee: CNU Member: $40; Non-member: $50
As one of the most comprehensive economic development efforts ever undertaken in the City of Atlanta and the largest, most wide-ranging, urban redevelopment currently underway in the U.S., the BeltLine will combine green space, trails, transit, and new development that includes affordable housing along 22 miles of historic rail segments that encircle the urban core. In its development phase, local planners and health experts evaluated the project using a Health Impact Assessment – one of the first conducted in the U.S. – in order to ensure that the project would offer important health benefits for Atlanta residents, such as increased accessibility to green spaces, creating opportunities for physical activity, and increasing transportation options. By attracting and organizing some of the region’s future growth around parks, transit, and trails, the BeltLine will help create a pedestrian-friendly alternative to regional sprawl. Hear details and updates regarding project planning, implementation, and development, and witness first-hand the transformative effect the project will have on BeltLine neighborhoods and the City of Atlanta.

Tour 6. Gwinnett: Atlanta’s Hub for the New Urban Hi-Life
Wednesday May 19, 8:00 AM - 2:00 PM
Fee: CNU Member: $60; Non-member: $70
Gwinnett County, nationally recognized for its 'new urban' efforts in USA Today, will showcase its exciting success in the redevelopment, revitalization, and green space development of suburbia and ex-urbia. The tour will feature four of Gwinnett County's 15 cities – Norcross and Lawrenceville’s redeveloped downtowns, Duluth's revitalized downtown, and Suwanee's use of green space in their new town center – and how each works to create a vibrant, central live/work/play environment that promotes active living.

Join us on Wednesday and witness why Gwinnett continues to be metro Atlanta's largest and most dynamic community. Lunch included.

Tour 7. Covington and Clark's Grove: A small town that gets it
Wednesday May 19, 8:00 AM - 12:30PM
Fee: CNU Member: $50; Non-member: $60
Clark’s Grove is a Master Planned Community located 35 miles east of Atlanta based on principles of Traditional Neighborhood Development (TND) – mixed use, walkable neighborhood with front porches close to the sidewalk and lanes in the rear. Clark’s Grove offers an environment that has small town charm with close proximity to Atlanta and Lake Oconee. The community is situated on 90 acres and will have 300 homes along with building types which include carriage houses, live/work residences, and townhomes. The architecture respects its surroundings, steeped in southern history. The compact community encourages active living: Bike/walk trails, a ball field, community pool, playground, wetlands garden, Montessori school, a church, a town square, ½ mile walking distance to downtown Covington, and Turner Lake Recreational Area located nearby. Come share in the history of Clark’s Grove as with Randy Vinson the Town Planner and learn of the unique educational studio he has help to create allowing students real life experience.

Tour 8. New Developments in Historic Towns Established in The 1800’s: Marietta and Woodstock (2008 Charter Award)
Wednesday May 19, 1:00pm - 5:00pm
Fee: CNU Member: $40; Non-member: $50
Before Atlanta there was the City of Marietta. Marietta has a historic square which today is still an important commercial and civic space. Tour the historic downtown and new developments such as Manget and Meeting Park within walking distance of the square. Tour the historic central business district of Woodstock and the 2008 Charter Award winning development. The project is a natural extension of the city’s urban fabric that complements and provides a variety of commercial and residential choices in an area of intense urban sprawl.

Tour 9. Creating a Healthy Community: Lessons in Active Living from the City of Decatur, GA
Wednesday May 19, 1:00pm - 4:00pm
Fee: CNU Member: $25; Non-member: $30
Meet City of Decatur Planning Director Amanda Thompson, City Active Living Director Dan Magee, and Assistant Director Greg White in MARTA-accessible downtown Decatur for a walking tour of this vibrant and walkable community in metro Atlanta. Join Ms. Thompson as she describes transportation planning and economic development that have led to creating a healthy, active community in Decatur. The city has addressed planning for roads, bicycle and pedestrian infrastructure, parks and greenspace, while re-routing a major thoroughfare around downtown. Mr. Magee and Mr. White will describe social marketing programs that increase City of Decatur residents’ active living and quality of life. Following the tour, shop for unique gifts, get coffee at a local shop, visit the county library, enjoy a meal, or take in the sunshine from the Courthouse gazebo.

Tour 10. Downtown: Atlanta’s Centennial Olympic Park Corridor
Thursday May 20, 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Fee: CNU Member: $75; Non-member: $90
The Centennial Olympic Park Corridor was designed on the principles of New Urbanism: A sustainable, pedestrian-friendly, transit-oriented development that is safe, accessible to all, and promotes active living. You will experience one of the nation’s first efforts to revitalize a public housing site by reconnecting it to the surrounding community, using an economically sustainable financing model, while preserving its best natural assets.

Via City Segway and on foot, you’ll get a first-hand look at the Centennial Place Community, which is an example of HUD’s HOPE VI program. You will have a guided tour by members of the development team who, since 1993, have remained directly involved in the transformation of the former Techwood and Clark Howell Homes and the surrounding neighborhood, into Centennial Place – a premier, mixed-use live-work-play community. Participants will visit the Centennial Place Apartments, Elementary School, YMCA, and Centennial Olympic Park. If time allows, the tour may continue to the Capitol Gateway Community, one of the more recent revitalized communities.

Tour 11. Atlanta’s Local Food Movement
Thursday May 20, 9:00am - 12:00 PM
Fee: CNU Member: $40; Non-member: $50
Food is an important, but often overlooked, part of a healthy and sustainable community. How we produce, distribute, and consume food directly impacts our personal and community health, our social connections and traditions, and the health of the environment. Communities can take an active role in creating a healthier food system using new planning initiatives, adopting new policies, and creating new programs to address the unhealthy aspects of our current food system.

This tour will explore the benefits of producing and consuming local food and how community members can create a healthy local food system. The tour will also highlight the opportunities and challenges of producing, consuming, and accessing food in urban areas.

The tour will visit 3 different operations in the Atlanta area, each with their own mission, but all working to improve the health and well-being of the Atlanta communities they serve. Truly Living Well Urban Farms is an urban farm in East Point, GA that serves a low resource community with a Farmer’s Market and Community Supported Agriculture program. The tour will also visit Oakhurst Community Garden, one of the premier community gardens in the Southeast. The community garden provides a range of community resources including gardening classes for all ages, community garden plots, and other environmental education opportunities for local schools and organizations. The last stop on the tour will be at Gaia Garden, a 5-acre farm in the East Lake Common Community. East Lake Common is a co-housing development that uses the community farm to enhance the community’s health and connection with nature.

Tour 12. Inman Park and Inman Park Village: Atlanta's First and Most Recent Planned Community
Thursday May 20, 1:00pm - 5:00 PM
Fee: CNU Member: $30; Non-member: $40
Discover Inman Park just two minutes from downtown. Inman Park was the first planned residential suburb developed in Atlanta and one of the nation’s first garden suburbs. It was developed by Joel Hurt in the 1880’s. Hurt also provided one of the nation’s first rapid transit systems in the form of electric street cars to his new suburb, which terminated in the trolley barn which still stands today. Inman Park Village a new infill project sits on the 21-acre former Mead Paper Company site in Inman Park. Wood Partners, a developer of luxury apartment homes, decided to work closely with the Inman Park Neighborhood Association. They assembled a team of expert developers, engineers, architects and builders to develop the blueprint for a project that would be embraced by the neighborhood and community at large—a mixed-use development of residences (luxury-apartments, detached homes, condominiums, row houses and town houses), office condominiums, retail shops and a restaurant. The team has designed Inman Park Village to remain true to the style of the historic Inman Park neighborhood, with the goal of creating a development that blends into the respected and valuable fabric of Inman Park.

Tour 13. Midtown's Got Legs (and Wheels) sponsored by Bicycle Tours of Atlanta
Thursday May 20, 1:00pm - 4:00 PM
Fee: CNU Member: $50; Non-member: $60
Via MARTA rail and bike explore one of Atlanta's first garden suburbs and one of its largest public parks, both Olmsted designs. After comfortably outfitted with bikes, we’ll begin on Peachtree Street passing the Margaret Mitchell House, some of the area’s new mixed-use developments, and the Woodruff Arts Center with works noted works by both Richard Meier and Renzo Piano. Next we’ll enter Ansley Park and cycle through this premier intown neighborhood. Its broad curvilinear streets, majestic trees, parks, and beautiful houses make for a lovely bike tour led by the Atlanta Preservation Center. Next we’ll explore Piedmont Park and learn its history and current status as Atlanta’s “Atlanta’s Common Ground.” Leaders of the Piedmont Park Conservancy will explain ongoing restoration and expansion efforts. Within Piedmont Park rests the Atlanta Botanical Garden, named one of the top 10 botanical gardens in the United States. Here participants will enjoy a boxed lunch and tour their facilities, including a new LEED certified prototype “green” parking garage.

Tour 14. Serenbe: Organic Planning, Architecture and Farming
Thursday May 20, 1:00 PM - 5:00 PM
Fee: CNU Member: $50; Non-member: $60
Serenbe is a 1000-acre community south of Atlanta in the rural Chattahoochee Hill Country and has received national and international attention as a model for balanced growth. Tour the community with “developer by default” Steve Nygren, who will discuss Serenbe’s history and importance to Atlanta for land preservation and air and water quality. This tour will examine Serenbe as a transect example, and how this community is using innovative approaches for water conservation, community building, sustainability, and more. Explore Serenbe’s Nest model cottage (a smaller footprint home designed by Lew Oliver and built by Martin Dodson Homes) that is being used as a laboratory for monitoring next-level energy efficiency by Southface and the Department of Energy’s Building America program. Meet Serenbe Farms manager Paige Witherington, who will discuss the farm’s role in the community and the importance of organic and biodynamic farming in today’s world.

Tour 15. Atlantic Station: Quality growth emerges from urban brownfield
Friday May 21, 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Fee: CNU Member: $30; Non-member: $40
Come learn and experience how Atlantic Station was transformed from a toxic brownfield eyesore near Midtown Atlanta into a national model for dense, work-live-play communities. This mixed-use project has become a top walkable area in Atlanta and a virtual city within the city, combining wide boulevards, sidewalk cafes, businesses, and homes for 10,000 residents, many of whom have reported an increase in walking and taking public transit). It is a prime example of Atlanta’s movement from continued suburban sprawl to denser and healthier urban development. Atlantic Station combines many of the elements of New Urbanism including neighborhoods, districts, and corridors.

The tour will begin with a brief presentation describing the project from its inception to plans for the future. During the walking tour, focus will be given to the shopping areas, central park area, the Millennium Arch and Museum and examples of multi-family housing.

Tour 16. Buckhead Tour
Friday May 21, 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Fee: CNU Member: $40; Non-member: $50
CANCELLED

Tour 17. Midtown: Atlanta’s Creative Class Mecca
Friday May 21, 8:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Fee: CNU Member: $30; Non-member: $40
The New York Times said “it is in Midtown that Atlanta most feels like a real city.” Today’s Midtown is an “urban yet green” cosmopolitan center where people, business and culture converge to create an authentic live-work-play community with a personality all its own. The result of 30-years of stewardship by Midtown Alliance and its stakeholders, Midtown is a place to call home, a corporate address of choice, a cultural destination and a nexus for cutting-edge technology and medical research.

Via MARTA rail, the Georgia Tech Trolley and on foot, you’ll get a first-hand look at Midtown’s transformation into a model mixed-use community that is integrating New Urbanist principals within an existing downtown district. Participants will visit three catalytic developments including: Technology Square at The Georgia Institute of Technology, the multi-block mega development 12th & Midtown, and Atlanta’s Woodruff Arts Center -- the largest arts center in the Southeast. Along the way you’ll experience a virtual museum of post-modern architecture, tour world-class amenities; and meet the key contributors who have helped make it happen

Tour 18. Glenwood Park: From Brownfield with GreenStreet
Friday May 21, 1:00 PM - 5:00 PM
Fee: CNU Member: $40; Non-member: $50
Come experience one of Atlanta’s premiere New Urbanist communities: Glenwood Park. Glenwood Park is an award-winning, 28-acre brownfield redevelopment in an infill location that features a mix of well-designed homes and commercial spaces. The neighborhood is noted for its commitment to traditional neighborhood design, walkability, mixture of residential and commercial uses, and environmental management practices. It was awarded a Charter award from CNU in 2003, along with awards from the Urban Land Institute, Greater Atlanta Home Builders Association, and an EarthCraft House Development of the Year. Glenwood Park is a mile from two different Metropolitan Atlanta Rapid Transit Authority (MARTA) rail stops, and is directly on an active bus route that leads downtown. Glenwood Park is also a model community for future development along the Belt Line, a proposed trail and transit line that would make a loop around in-town Atlanta using the right-of-way of old rail lines. Come spend the afternoon exploring the project and hearing about the lessons learned in creating this sustainable community.

Tour 19. Smyrna and Post Riverside Tour
Friday May 21, 1:00 PM - 5:00 PM
Fee: CNU Member: $50; Non-member: $60
See how a new town center turned around a formerly declining small suburban city and increased appraised land value an astonishing 1800%.The leadership of the City of Smyrna set a new direction very early (1989) for the redevelopment of first ring suburban cities throughout the nation. The Architecture of civic buildings and infrastructure sparked excitement. The density was increased while remaining comfortable to the suburban market. Its success was recognized with an early national Urban Design Award in1997 and inclusion in ULI publications. Then the popular Market Village was constructed with housing over retail. The project has now matured and the one-mile radius “halo effect” of up-graded higher density around the center is clearly visible.
Post Riverside is an early privately developed example of an attractive New Urbanist town plaza form applied to a large scale apartment and office building complex. Retail and Apartment amenity spaces surround the Town Green Plaza were designed by Duany Plater-Zyberk and Company. Post Riverside was a study in the use of building types to create urban space and the incorporation of structured parking into the plan.
Tour Hosts will be Sizemore Group, the Architects and Planners of Smyrna with representatives of the City and of Post Properties

Tour 20. Evening Tour and Cocktails: Antebellum Roswell Temple House and Mill Village Tour - co-sponsored by the ICA&CA
Friday May 21, 7:00 PM - 11:00 PM
Fee: CNU Member: $50; Non-member: $60
A short ride outside the Perimeter (OTP) brings guests through the National Forest into the antebellum town of Roswell, which was founded in the 1830s on the heels of the Trail of Tears. Ranked by Money Magazine as one of the top 20 best cities to live in the eastern United States, Roswell is well known for its “Temple” houses – Greek Revival monuments that are reputed as some of the purest and finest in the Nation, spared by Sherman’s torch. This walking tour begins at Relish on the recently revitalized Square with new Southern cuisine and cocktails. Highlights included in the tour include Barrington Hall (the acropolis of Roswell), Mill Village, Factory Waterfall, Mimosa Hall (Neel Reid’s Atlanta home), and the New England-styled Presbyterian Church. The tour concludes with an exploration of Bulloch Hall, Theodore Roosevelt’s mother’s home, which is Co-sponsored by the Southeast Chapter of The Institute for Classical Architecture and Classical America.
This tour is a rare and broad glimpse into the interiors of some of the Nation’s most notable Southern antebellum architecture. LIMITED AVAILABILITY
Guests have the option of dining at one of the historic village cafes and taking the later bus back to the City. LIMITED AVAILABILITY

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