Legacy Projects

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

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  • Jazz Market New Orleans Audience Seating
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    Trumpeting a cultural revival
    <strong>Peoples Health New Orleans Jazz Market</strong>&nbsp; <em>New Orleans, Louisiana</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 former warehouse to "vertical village"
    <strong>Crosstown Concourse</strong>&nbsp; <em>Memphis, Tennessee</em>

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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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  • From parking lot to urban tour-de-force
    <strong>UCLA Weyburn</strong>&nbsp;<em>Los Angeles, California</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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  • Southside
    Ten acres that transformed a city #thisiscnu

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

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Each year, in conjunction with its annual Congress, CNU invites municipalities and neighborhood organizations within the Congress's host region to apply for pro-bono technical assistance from leading urban design firms. Each expert-led Congress Legacy Project is aimed at empowering local leaders, advocates, and residents in underserved communities to implement New Urbanist principles that help people and businesses in their communities thrive. Through public engagement and collaboration, CNU’s Legacy Projects strive to demonstrate the power of great urban design beyond the boundaries of each selected community, and targeted communities experience both short-term progress and long-lasting momentum.

A decision about the 2019 Legacy Projects is underway, with announcement expected in late 2018. A limited number of participants will be selected based on need and readiness to implement the resulting workshop suggestions. Once a chosen community determines their own needs and areas of focus, CNU’s expert designers—national leaders in architecture, planning, placemaking, and revitalization—partner with local teams and organizations to prepare the scope of work, host on-site workshops, and create highly visual, engaging, and implementation-focused final deliverables.

Primary program goals include:

  • Moving the needle on crucial local or regional development issues,
  • Working only in historically underrepresented or underserved communities,
  • Bringing a level of placemaking and urban design expertise that is normally difficult for underserved communities to access,
  • Identifying and addressing local barriers to building great places and advancing implementation, and
  • Creating replicable, sustainable, and model community solutions in urbanism.

The 2019 schedule is as follows:

  • Call for Applications: August, 2018
  • Applications Due: September 4, 2018 by 5PM EST
  • Selected Communities Notified: September 28, 2018
  • Bi-weekly Organizing Calls: November – February, 2019
  • Legacy Project Workshops: Early March, 2019
  • CNU 27.Louisville: June 12-15, 2019

For more information, contact Mallory Baches at mbaches@cnu.org

Find out more about the Legacy Projects in Detroit and in Chicago's Chatham neighborhood below. (Click each project name to see final reports and press clips).

Congress Legacy Projects

National Legacy Projects

Beyond the Congress Legacy Projects, CNU is now offering technical assistance to communities with limited staff and financial capacity. For more information, please contact CNU at cnuinfo@cnu.org