Peter Katz

Peter Katz has been a leader in advancing innovative approaches to community planning for more than two decades. He played a catalytic role in launching the New Urbanism by writing a seminal book, The New Urbanism: Toward an Architecture of Community, and serving as the founding executive director of the Congress for the New Urbanism (CNU). During Peter’s tenure, CNU adopted its charter, obtained its first grant funding, began a strategic partnership with the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, and convened its first international congress. He was recently named a fellow of CNU in recognition of his contributions to the movement. As strategic consultant to government, public agencies, and private-sector clients, Peter addresses real-world needs with state-of-the-art planning practices. He has also played a key role in shaping and implementing a range of nationally significant community design and development projects.

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What makes a good urban park

City parks have been endangered by suburban flight, privatization and design overkill. Here’s a short list of basics for planning true public spaces.