Legacy Charrettes

CNU 24: The Transforming City

Each year, CNU's Legacy Charrettes work in our Congress host region to empower local leaders, advocates, and residents to implement New Urbanist principles and build places where people and businesses can thrive and prosper. Each Legacy Project culminates in a three-day workshop on site to explore opportunities, identify crucial roadblocks, engage local residents in visioning, and generate top-of-the-line design and placemaking strategies and deliverables.

Once host communities determine their own needs and areas of focus, CNU’s expert designers—national leaders in architecture, planning, placemaking, and revitalization—partner with local teams to prepare the scope of work, host the on-site workshop, and create the final design deliverables. Those final documents are visual, engaging, strategic, and meant to be implemented immediately.

In April 2016, as part of CNU 24: The Transforming City, in Detroit, MI, CNU brought its Congress Legacy Program to four Detroit-area communities:

City of Hazel Park, MI
April 12-14, 2016 . Hazel Park Community Center, Hazel Park, MI

“Creating a walkable and connected downtown for Hazel Park”
Lead: Moule & Polyzoides, Architects and Urbanists
Support: Gibbs Planning Group, Peter Swift, and John Zanetta
Sponsors: City of Hazel Park, CNU, and Michigan State Housing Development Authority

Read the final Hazel Park Legacy Charrette report.

Read more: "Hazel Park hot on developing downtown, seeks community views at workshops"
Read more: "A main street makeover for a first-ring suburb"
Read more: "Hazel Park CNU24 Legacy Design Project is Inspiring"
Read more: "Getting Millennials Interested in Local Government"

City of Detroit, MI: Vernor Crossing/Southwest Detroit
April 15-17 . Detroit Cristo Rey High School, Detroit MI

“Building affordable and market rate housing in Southwest without displacement”
Lead: Dhiru Thadani
Support: Nederveld, Zimmerman/Volk Associates, and City Form Detroit
Sponsors: Southwest Detroit Business Association and Congress for the New Urbanism

Read the final Southwest Detroit Legacy Charrette report.

Read more: "Spurring investment in an immigrant neighborhood"
Read more: "Envisioning a Revitalized Vernor Crossing"
Read more: "Healthier neighborhood is key to healthier community"


City of Detroit, MI: Grandmont Rosedale
April 15-17 . Bushnell Congregational Church, Detroit, MI

“Making Grand River Avenue more walkable, bikeable, and accessible”
Lead: Dover, Kohl & Partners
Support: Design Team Plus and Hall Planning & Engineering, Inc.
Sponsors: Grandmont Rosedale Development Corporation and Congress for the New Urbanism

Read the final Grandmont Rosedale Legacy Charrette report.

Read more: "For Detroit artery, the future is urban"
Read more: "Adding more ''Grand'' to Grand River Avenue"


City of Pontiac, MI
April 15-17 . 17 South saginaw street, pontiac, mi

“Revitalizing downtown Pontiac through transit-oriented development”
Lead: DPZ Partners
Support: Archive DS and Gibbs Planning Group
Sponsors: City of Pontiac, Congress for the New Urbanism, and Michigan State Housing Development Authority

Read the final Pontiac Legacy Charrette report.

Read more: "Downtown Pontiac: ''Nothing looks impossible''"
Read more: "Downtown Pontiac ‘remagined’ by planners, residents"
Read more: "Tremendous Economic Development Potential in Pontiac
Read more: "Pontiac Gets Expert Advice On Redeveloping Downtown"