• Great idea: Charrette

    A multi-disciplinary design process that gathers all of the stakeholders has great potential for creating more holistic communities, experts say.
    In celebration of the upcoming CNU 25.Seattle , Public Square is running the series 25 Great Ideas of the New Urbanism. These ideas have been shaped by new urbanists and continue to influence cities, towns, and suburbs. The series is meant to inspire and challenge those working toward complete...Read more
  • Public space, identity politics, and civic collaboration

    All politics is local—and to that we could add, all politics is rooted in the public spaces we share at the local level.
    American new urbanists are famously cross-partisan. Former CNU president John Norquist was a Democratic mayor of Milwaukee Wisconsin, and former board member Mike Krusee was a Republican Texas legislator. You can find a New Urbanism page on The American Conservative website, and another one on The...Read more
  • Great Idea: Building better suburbs through retrofit

    Suburbs are becoming more diverse and connected to meet the needs of Americans of all ages in the 21st Century.
    In celebration of the upcoming CNU 25.Seattle , Public Square is running the series 25 Great Ideas of the New Urbanism. These ideas have been shaped by new urbanists and continue to influence cities, towns, and suburbs. The series is meant to inspire and challenge those working toward complete...Read more
  • Families, cities, and schools: Nonprofit and grassroots solutions

    Urban living with kids, part four: What we can do to help meet the demand for family-friendly, mixed-use, walkable neighborhoods with great schools.
    In part three of our series on Urban Living with Kids, we began a discussion on the challenges facing young families with children who desire an urban lifestyle when it comes to neighborhood schools. We also profiled an existing effort led by Tulsa Public Schools to provide a top-notch elementary...Read more