"I attended my first Congress for the New Urbanism in 2004. It completely changed how I viewed my job as a public official and how I imagined what was possible for Austin. Virtually all of the exciting trends happening in urban development have come from the New Urbanism movement. The Congress is that dynamic moment each year when public officials, developers, planners and private citizens come together and learn how we can make all of these exciting trends become realities in our communities." - Brewster McCracken

"When I listened to Mayor Norquist explain at the Milwaukee Congress how his less-than-desirable downtown highway would become a boulevard, I truly understood then that our time had arrived as town planners. Since then, the annual congresses have given our firm, Gateway Planning Group, the opportunity to compare notes and seek out cutting edge approaches for the design of urban villages and the streets that anchor them." - Scott Polikov

As the quotes above attest to, it's no secret that the annual Congress for the New Urbanism is the leading venue for New Urbanist education, collaboration and networking. Every year, the top minds and practitioners from around the globe travel to the CNU event to engage with the ideas that give shape and meaning to the communities we inhabit. By congregating a diverse collection of thought-leaders, planners, architects, academics, government officials, students, and citizen-activists, CNU creates a community for the design of ideas, and readies them for application.

Why I Attend the Congress is a new series dedicated to sharing the first-hand experience and insight gained from attending the yearly event. See below for personal, engaging testimonials from some of the top thought leaders in the movement.

Why I Attend the Congress