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From Vacancy to Vibrancy

Smart Growth America has released "a new guide for town, city and county reclaim and redevelop the thousands of abandoned gas stations, auto body shops, and industrial facilities nationwide."

Eye on the Street: Tuesday, March 13th, 2012

Suburban Commuting, Amsterdam by Ben Patience.





Applications for 2012 EPA National Award for Smart Growth Achievement

Announcment from U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, Office of Sustainable Communities:   

NEW! Sprawl Retrofit Tumblr Forum

Announcing the brand new CNU Sprawl Retrofit forum!  Bookmark the link at:

Discuss the latest news, updates and projects for the initiative. 

Peter Calthorpe Adds His Voice to NYT's Room for Debate

CNU co-founder Peter Calthorpe joins the New York Times debate on making cities safer for pedesrtrians and cyclists:

Click here to read "It Starts with Better Design."


Eye on the Street: Wednesday, February 29th, 2012.


Purmerend Station, Netherlands by Ben Patience.





CNU: Increasing Value Everywhere You Go

A recent report from Madison's The Cap Times reveals that even in times of continued economic constraints, Madison's Monona Terrace Community and Convention Center saw an "overall economic impact on the community up by nearly one-quarter" over the previous year. CNU 19, one of "three large events in 2011...accounted for a big chunk of the increased spending from visitors."

"This is the worst piece of legislation anyone could ever imagine."

Speaking out on the House of Representatives Transportation Bill, NY MTA Chairman Joseph Lhota recently stated "This is the worst piece of legislation anyone could ever imagine."

Read CNU's previous coverage on the Transportation Bill that, as proposed, threatens the safety and mobility of pedestrian and motorist alike.

Eye on the Street: Wednesday, February 8th, 2012.


Houston Light Rail by Ben Patience.





CNU Q of the Week: David Engwicht.

“Neighbourhoods, towns, and cities were invented to facilitate exchange. Exchange of information, friendship, material goods, culture, insights, skills and also the exchange of emotional, psychological and spiritual support. For a truly sustainable environment we must maximise this exchange while minimising the travel necessary to do it.” - David Engwicht, Creative Communities,  Australia.