• Ponce City Market | Atlanta
    A unique building becomes a hub for historic neighborhoods. #thisiscnu

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  • South Main | Buena Vista, Colorado
    An inspiring town extension. #thisiscnu

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  • Village of Providence | Huntsville, Alabama
    Expanding options for a car-oriented suburban area. #thisiscnu

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  • Storrs Center | Mansfield, CT
    A mixed-use center for town and gown. #thisiscnu

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

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There is a growing movement to removing aging urban highways to restore neighborhoods and revitalize our cities. The Congress for the New Urbanism (CNU) believes that teardowns offer an attractive option for cities struggling with aging highway infrastructure. The strategies are proving themselves in adding value and restoring urban neighborhoods decimated by highway construction.

Death of the Urban Expressway?

An interview with Kyle Shelton, Fellow at Rice University's Kinder Institute, on The Agenda with Steve Paikin. Read more: The Life and Death of the Urban Highway

How highways wrecked American cities

From Vox: The Interstate Highway System was one of America's most revolutionary infrastructure projects. It also destroyed urban neighborhoods across the nation. Read more: Highways gutted American cities. So why did they build them?

The Basics of a Freeway Replacement Campaign

This video shows interviews of Cary Moon (Seattle's Alaskan Way  Viaduct), Peter Park (Milwaukee's Park East), and Lucy Gibson (New Orleans' I-10), and CNU's John Norquist.

Observation Deck: How Tearing Up Highways Could Make Better Cities

In this video, Wired Magazine's Adam Rogers highlights CNU’s Highways to Boulevards initiative in this amazingly energetic.

Moving Beyond the Automobile: Highway Removal

Streetfilms takes you on a guided tour of past, present and future highway removal projects with John Norquist of the Congress for the New Urbanism (CNU).

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