Legacy Projects
  • From parking lot to urban tour-de-force
    <strong>UCLA Weyburn</strong>&nbsp;<em>Los Angeles, California</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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  • A unique building becomes a hub for historic neighborhoods
    <strong>Ponce City Market</strong> <em>Atlanta, GA</em>

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

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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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  • Expanding options for a car-oriented suburban area
    <strong>Village of Providence</strong> <em>Huntsville, AL</em>

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

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  • Southside
    Ten acres that transformed a city #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 by March 1. 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 Legacy Projects will take place in Louisville, Kentucky between March 6 and March 10. Four workshops will take place throughout Louisville. Places and times are as follows:

Woodlawn Avenue Community Visioning workshop
sponsored by Center for Neighborhoods
Americana Community Center, 4801 Southside Drive, 40214
Wednesday, March 6th, 6:00  - 7:30 PM
Thursday, March 7th, 1:00 - 3:00 PM
Friday, March 8th, 6:00 - 7:30 PM

Beargrass Creek workshop
sponsored by Kentucky Waterways Alliance
Thursday, March 7, Creek Crawl at Joe Creason Park, 8:30 AM - 3:00 PM
Thursday, March 7, Visioning party at New Directions, 1000 East Liberty Street, 5:00 - 7:00 PM
Friday, March 8, Open Studio, New Directions, 1000 East Liberty Street, 1:00 - 3:00 PM
Saturday, March 9, Reveal Party, Mile Wide Brewery, 636 Barret Ave, 4:00 PM

The 18th Street Corridor Community Planning Workshop (Childcare is available)
sponsored by OneWest
Joshua Tabernacle Baptist Church, 426 S. 15th Street, 40203
Wednesday, March 6th, 6:00pm - 7:30pm
Saturday, March 9, 10:00 am - 12:00 noon

East Portland Connectivity Project
sponsored by the Louisville Downtown Partnership
556 S 4th St, Louisville, KY 40202
TIMES AND LOCATION TBA - Please check back for more information.

For more information, contact Margaret O'Neal at moneal@cnu.org or 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