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The Congress for the New Urbanism is thrilled to bring our 31st annual Congress to one of the most diverse, vibrant cities in the American Southeast with deep roots in new urbanism – the Queen City of Charlotte, North Carolina.
As the 15th largest city in the country, Charlotte will be the first city in North Carolina to host the Congress. As the third fastest growing region in the country, Greater Charlotte has the benefit of beautiful, John Nolen-designed neighborhoods, thriving mill villages, many completely built new urbanist projects, and new urban transit-oriented development neighborhoods that have added over 50,000 housing units in 10 years.
Charlotte is a city that is on the move, aggressively working to address economic mobility and affordable housing with public-private partnerships and new regulatory tools. With the recent adoption of the Charlotte Future 2040 Comprehensive Plan, CNU 31's host city is ready for implementation and action - one of the great skills of New Urbanists.
Belmont, Davidson, Huntersville, Cornelius, Birkdale Village, Baxter Village, Antiquity, First Ward, Vermillion – all first-generation New Urbanist developments and towns with form based codes since the early 1990s. The Charlotte region offers long time CNU members the ability to check in and see their progress and talk with the developers and implementers who were the early authors and designers of the projects. For first-time attendees, this will provide them with insight into the transformational work that New Urbanists have been doing for decades.
And within 2 hours of Charlotte are towns and cities that are implementing New Urbanism – Asheville, High Point, Greensboro, Columbia, Rock Hill and the list goes on. From the nearby town leadership to small and large development organizations and placemaking non-profits the Charlotte region is ready for action.
With several billion dollars invested in transportation to support walkability, the Charlotte community is committed to walkable urbanism. Not only is there a longstanding tradition of New Urbanist design in the region, Charlotte is also incorporating new urbanist principles into its current growth and development patterns. The explosion of growth and the future of walkable urbanism in Charlotte will be on full display at CNU 31. With over 10,000 new residential units at the South End light rail station areas alone and over 3.8 billion dollars of investment in its first transit corridor – all walkable urbanism – there's a lot to showcase!
After the success of our first in-person Congress since the start of the pandemic, the Congress for the New Urbanism is thrilled to bring our movement to one of the most diverse, vibrant cities in the American Southeast with deep roots in new urbanism. Please join us from May 31 to June 3, 2023 for CNU 31.Charlotte!