CNU Salons

"Designing Cities for People"

More than just a New Urbanist priority, urban sustainability and livability are issues examined by Lester R. Brown of the Earth Policy Institute in his recent book Plan B 2.0: Rescuing a Planet Under Stress and a Civilization in Trouble. In this excerpt, Brown compares transportation priorities of the world’s cities – both auto-centric and transit-based - and how transportation planning is affecting the environment and quality of life in those places. Recognizing that a “new urbanism” has emerged to respond to the immobility of automobiles in cities, Brown highlights Bogota as a major city that has successfully revitalized its streets and public spaces for pedestrian-use.

The Video that helped kill Seattle's Alaskan Way Viaduct

Seattle Green Building activist Bert Gregory helped produce this video.They didn't have $ to buy much time, but the TV stations couldn't resist it- classic guerilla tactic.

How Urbanism Slows Global Warming, Part 2

In a previous posting, I scratched the surface in describing how traditional, mixed-use urban neighborhoods help slow global warming.

Camden, NJ: A chaotic historic preservation meeting; Campbell Soup Co. may leave city.

Saturday, April 28, 2007
Courier-Post Staff

A chaotic city historic preservation commission meeting ended early Friday morning without a decision on Campbell Soup Co.'s request to tear down the Sears Building on Admiral Wilson Boulevard to make way for a $72 million world headquarters and office park. Commission member Kristine Seitz said the office park Campbell wants to build is suitable for a suburb, not a city.

Farther, faster? Not anymore

Progress in transportation is stalling as technology lags and suburban sprawl ties things up.
By Paul Nussbaum
Philadelphia Inquirer Staff Writer
After centuries of ever-faster travel, the triumph of technology over time seems to have stalled. The expectation that each generation will be not only be more upwardly mobile, but also more rapidly mobile, has died, apparently of congestion of the arteries.

S.O.S. ! Camden, New Jersey about to make mistake.

Just when you think everything is going swell!

Thursday, April 19, 2007

Courier-Post Staff
CAMDEN After working for years to make a beautiful old bank building the heart of a reborn downtown business district, the city has changed course and is proposing to put 40 units of low-income housing at the site. ( The site is in the heart of Camden's revitalizing area, where there is still much work to be done. In fact, it is so in the heart of the Revitalization Zone, the Camden Redevelopment Agency uses the building as it's official logo on its website.)

Virginia seeking comment on revamping Street Standards

This just in from Jeff Tumlin. Here is your chance to comment on ALL of Virginia's streets.

As many of you know, all streets in Virginia, from the narrowest lane to the biggest Interstate, are under control of the Commonwealth. The Commonwealth street standards are currently being updated, and both the governor and the transportation department are interested in adopting some of the most thoughtful standards in the nation, addressing connectivity, pedestrian accommodation, stormwater and other issues. They're inviting comment via the attached notice.

Developer Dranoff: Camden NJ waterfront has reached a "tipping point."

By Troy Graham Inquirer Staff Writer Mon, Apr. 16, 2007

For Dranoff, the developer of Philadelphia's Symphony House, Venice Lofts and the Left Bank, there's nothing left to prove. The toehold of development that once was the Camden waterfront has reached a "tipping point," he said.

New Urbanism for Austin

Andrés Duany and local reporter Katherine Gregor discuss new developments in Austin Texas. Mr. Duany critiques Austin's civic pride, while drumming up excitement for the city's hosting of CNU XVI.