• Historic arcade houses young professionals
    <strong>Microlofts at The Arcade Providence</strong>&nbsp;<em>Providence, Rhode Island</em>

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  • Expanding options for a car-oriented suburban area
    <strong>Village of Providence</strong> <em>Huntsville, AL</em>

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  • From parking lot to urban tour-de-force
    <strong>UCLA Weyburn</strong>&nbsp;<em>Los Angeles, California</em>

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  • A mixed-use center for town and gown
    <strong>Storrs Center</strong> <em>Mansfield, CT</em>

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  • Southside
    Ten acres that transformed a city #thisiscnu

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  • Crosstown_Concourse_2018_Charter_LooneyRicksKiss
    From former warehouse to "vertical village"
    <strong>Crosstown Concourse</strong>&nbsp; <em>Memphis, Tennessee</em>

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  • A unique building becomes a hub for historic neighborhoods
    <strong>Ponce City Market</strong> <em>Atlanta, GA</em>

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  • Mercado District | Tucson, Arizona
    A timeless place from the ground up. #thisiscnu

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  • Jazz Market New Orleans Audience Seating
    Jazz Market New Orleans Audience Seating
    Trumpeting a cultural revival
    <strong>Peoples Health New Orleans Jazz Market</strong>&nbsp; <em>New Orleans, Louisiana</em>

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Portland, Oregon

June 15-18, 2000

CNU VIII taught participants about the evolving political landscape of the New Urbanist and Smart Growth movements, and how to deal with the difficult local politics of implementing New Urbanism. By coordinating with the annual conference of Livable Oregon, CNU made this event their largest gathering to date: over 1400 people took part in the four-day event.

Plenary Speakers

CNU Update

  • Shelley Poticha - Executive Director of CNU

The Double Bottom Line: Investing in California's Emerging Markets

  • Philip Angelides - California State Treasurer 

Addressing the Challenges of Change: Achieving Equitable Development

  • Angela Glover Blackwell - PolicyLink

Portland: Ground Zero in the Livable Communities Debate

  • Congressman Earl Blumenauer - U.S. House of Representatives

Civic Architecture

  • Howard S. Decker - FAIA​

Panel Presentations

The First Suburbs Consortium of Northeast Ohio

  • David Beach

Design for Living in Vancouver

  • Larry Beasley

Density by Design: How to do density well Addison Circle

  • Thomas Brinck

Subjective Notions of Beauty in Greek Architecture and Urbanism

  • Victor Deupi

Notes from The Politics of Strengthening Smart Growth in Maryland

  • Kristen Forsyth

Legal Planning for New Urbanist Communities

  • Doris S. Goldstein

In Livable Cities is the Preservation of the Wild

  • Mike Houck

Nature and Cities

  • Michael Hough

Democracy and Public Places in the Device-Based Culture

  • Chris Hubbard

Civitas and Democracy: The role of placemaking in our current political culture 

  • Doug Kelbaugh - (excerpts from his book Common Place II)

Taming the Highway Through Town

  • Laurence Qamar