Public Events
  • 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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  • Crosstown_Concourse_2018_Charter_LooneyRicksKiss
    From former warehouse to "vertical village"
    <strong>Crosstown Concourse</strong>&nbsp; <em>Memphis, Tennessee</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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  • Southside
    Ten acres that transformed a city #thisiscnu

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

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

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

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Attendees of the 2017 ULI Spring Meeting are offered the special one-day, member-rate to attend CNU 25.Seattle on Friday, May 5. Additionally, tours and 202 Workshops are open to all full attendees and non-attendees. Note: these incur a fee.

CNU is also opening a select number of special events and sessions to the general public. See the full listing below.

Tuesday, May 2 / Pre-Congress

Tuesday Welcome Reception
5:00 PM - 6:00 PM

Join CNU and CNU Cascadia for a special welcoming reception in the Grand Lobby of the Benaroya Hall.

Combating the Suburbanization of Poverty
6:00 PM - 8:00 PM

The increasing suburbanizing poverty in the Puget Sound basin has been well-documented but the implications on regional equity and social justice are less clear. This event will explore regional and national solutions to this critical issue.

This trend in destabilization and relocation has only intensified as the area economy has soared. As prosperous newcomers flock to the urban core, tremendous strains are placed on struggling families and communities, pushing more toward suburban communities where poverty alleviation services are weak, commute times are long, and social fabric may be thin. Even more nascent is a coordinated response on the part of key actors from the public, private, civic, and philanthropic sectors.

Join local and national experts as they describe suburbanizing poverty regionally, explore implications on governance and service provision, and find common ground in advancing pro-equity development in the face of economic dislocation. Local leaders from Seattle and Tukwila will share how they see impacts and trends and national experts will shine light on how to strengthen housing, jobs, policies, businesses and economic opportunities for low-income residents and communities of color.

Welcoming panelists and audience is nationally known singer and performer, Chenoa Egawa, a ceremonial leader and environmental activist, who will ground the discussion in the local culture and traditions.

Scott Bernstein, President, Center for Neighborhood Technology / Gene Duvernoy, President, Forterra / Chenoa Egawa, Ceremonial leader, Singer, Environmental Activist, & Artist, Coast Salish of the Lummi and S’Kallam Nations of Washington State / Charles Ellison, Washington Correspondent , The Philadelphia Tribune / Elizabeth Kneebone, Fellow, Metropolitan Policy Program, Brookings Institute / Kim Powe, Acting Deputy Director, Puget Sound Sage / De'Sean Quinn, Water Quality Planner and Project Manager, King County Department of Natural Resources and Parks / Rebecca Saldaña, Senator, Washington State Legislature /

Wednesday, May 3
202 Workshops*
9:00 AM - 4:30 PM

202 Workshops are advanced learning courses led by thought leaders and innovative practitioners. These sessions include high-level instruction that goes beyond that of a typical breakout session. 202 Workshops are longer—typically lasting three to four hours—and more in-depth; they're geared toward professionals who already know the basics. These courses are much more personal than breakout sessions, and are hands-on and interactive. *All 202 Workshops incur an additional fee.

Autonomous Vehicles & the Good City
3:15 PM - 4:30 PM

Autonomous vehicles (AVs) have the potential to be either a boon or a burden to our cities. Walkable City author Jeff Speck lays out rules intended to ease the pain and increase the pleasure of the eventual AV proliferation.

Ellen Dunham-Jones, Professor of Architecture and Urban Design, Georgia Institute of Technology / Jeff B. Speck, CNU-A, AICP, LEED AP, Honorary ASLA, Principal, Speck & Associates LLC /

Chapter Meet-Ups
6:30 PM - 9:00 PM

Looking to connect with other CNU members and like-minded professionals locally? Take the time to mingle over drinks at one of several Chapter Meet-Ups across Seattle's Capitol Hill neighborhood.

CNU Florida & CNU Atlanta / Elysian Capitol Hill Brewery / 1211 E. Pike Street

CNU New England & CNU DC / Sam’s Tavern / 1024 E. Pike Street

CNU Cascadia / Rhein Haus Seattle / 912 12th Ave, Seattle

CNU New York / Stout / 1530 11th Ave

CNU Central Texas / Optimism Brewing Company / 1158 Broadway

CNU Michigan, CNU Illinois, CNU Wisconsin, CNU Midwest, CNU Ontario / McMenamins Six Arms / 300 E. Pike Street

Thursday, May 4

Running With Urbanists
7:00 AM - 8:00 AM

Bring your running shoes and join your fellow urbanists for a no-drop morning run around Central Seattle. Don't worry: you'll get back in plenty of time for morning sessions. We will form a couple of pace groups if desired, including a slower one and a moderately-paced one, so runners of all speeds and experience are welcome.

John Simmerman, Co-Founder, President & CEO, Active Towns /

Beers With Engineers
4:30 PM - 6:00 PM
Space at the Steps - GGLO

To commemorate CNU 25, Project for Public Spaces invites you to attend our third round of Beers with Engineers. This time around PPS will be toasting engineer’s role in New Urbanism.

Join PPS for a wide-ranging panel discussion about improving our streets and our communities, including designing bike lanes, calming traffic, planning for self-driving cars, fostering equity in transportation and the engineering profession, navigating your transportation department, and more. Our forum is intended to help forge relationships between your local transportation engineer and the interested public. RSVP here.

Space at the Steps - GGLO / 1301 First Avenue

Gary Toth, Project for Public Spaces /

NextGen Belltown Pub Crawl
8:00 PM - 11:00 PM

A CNU tradition! Make new friends and catch up with the old ones on the annual NextGen pub crawl. Meet from the CNU reception at Benaroya Hall and head to the Belltown neighborhood.

Stop 1 / Whiskey Bar / 2122 2nd Ave
Stop 2 / Cursed Oak / 2137 2nd Ave
Stop 3 / Belltown Brewing / 200 Bell St
Stop 4 / Screwdriver / 2320, 1st Avenue, Basement
Stop 5 / Rabbit Hole / 2222 2nd Ave
The New Urban Film Festival
7:30 PM - 10:30 PM
Northwest Film Forum / Capitol Hill

The New Urbanism Film Festival showcases short and feature-length documentaries about the urban environment. Held every Fall in Los Angeles, audiences are engaged in new urbanism theory, history, and practical case studies. This special event showcases the winning short films from the 2016 festival.

Northwest Film Forum / 1515 12th Avenue in Capitol Hill

Friday, May 5

Running With Urbanists
7:00 AM - 8:00 AM

Bring your running shoes and join your fellow urbanists for a no-drop morning run around Central Seattle. Don't worry: you'll get back in plenty of time for morning sessions. We will form a couple of pace groups if desired, including a slower one and a moderately-paced one, so runners of all speeds and experience are welcome.

John Simmerman, Co-Founder, President & CEO, Active Towns /

Member-Led: You CAN Finance New Urban!
12:45 PM - 2:00 PM

The session will report on major progress recently made by the Federal Housing Finance Initiative that CNU began years ago. It will feature a presentation by Ben Schweitzer from Freddie Mac. Freddie's "Small Balance Loan Program" (SBL) is a close match to what the Initiative has sought. It offers long-term finance for projects with up to 40% non-residential use (49% in some situations, e.g. if rents are affordable). The loan caps were recently raised by 50% for high cost markets (to $7.5 million) and 100% (to $6 million) elsewhere. Yes, Virginia, New Urbanism CAN be financed!

Richard L. Oram, Chairman, Fund for the Environment and Urban Life / Ben Schweitzer, Underwriting Director, Freddie Mac Multifamily /

Strong Towns Debate
8:00 PM - 9:30 PM
1927 Events

The Debates are back! Loud music: check. Audience voting: check. Snarky panel: check. Oh, and beer. A hardcore mashup of Oxford Debating meets American Idol. Match-ups to be announced soon. Brought to you by Strong Towns.

Charles Marohn, P.E., AICP, President, Strong Towns /

Saturday, May 6

Pop-Up Playground
10:00 AM - 1:00 PM

Urbanist youngsters and parents alike are invited to enjoy a pop-up playground outside of the Seattle Art Museum, designed by Parents for a Better Downtown Seattle.

City As Platform
9:00 AM - 12:00 PM & 2:00 PM - 5:00 PM

Led by local experts, City As Platform sessions are hands-on, immersive learning sessions that bring together community groups, neighborhood residents, CNU Congress attendees, and national experts for in-the-field collaboration on the challenges and successes of Seattle-area communities.

City As Platform sessions are designed to address fine-scaled urbanism and can take many forms: group dialogues on neighborhood-specific issues, hands-on workshops intended to solve a local problem, interactive group brainstorms, and more. Sessions typically last three (3) hours — including travel to and from the host neighborhood — and take place in neighborhoods across Seattle.

If you live in one of these neighborhoods and would like to participate, let us know: Sign-up today.

Closing Party
5:00 PM -

Please join fellow congress participants for one last drink to cap off CNU 25.Seattle! Meet us at the Queen Anne Beer Hall.

203 West Thomas Street