Mayor's Task Force for Downtown Lending

One of the lasting marks from the Great Recession has been a decrease in lending.  This can be a good thing if it means that financially-unsound projects don't get funded.  Unfortunately, not only unsound but entirely sound projects have been swept up in this consequence. Financially-sound... read more »

Montgomery Bankers Discuss Main Street

On Wednesday, September 19, I met with seventeen bankers, two developers, and Montgomery, Alabama Economic Development Director Chad Emerson. I spoke for fifteen minutes about CNU's Live/Work/Walk initiative, focused on federal housing finance reform. ... read more »

Henry Cisneros and Independent for Life

Henry Cisneros, the former secretary of the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD), will be signing copies of his new book,Independent for Life: Homes and Neighborhoods for an Aging America, as well as delivering the keynote address at the upcoming Designing Homes and Neighborho... read more »

HUD's Sustainable Communities Resource Center

The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development has launched a new online resource that compiles information for American policy-makers, professionals, and residents seeking to green their communities.  Interested cities and towns will now find it easier to learn about best practices for s... read more »

HUD Announces 2011 Sustainable Communities Grantees

The Office of Sustainable Housing and Communities has announced the winners of the FY2011 competitions for the Sustainable Communities Regional Planning and Community Challenge grant programs. This new round of funding will invest almost $96 million in 27 communities and 29 regions to help each esta... read more »

Funding Eliminated for HUD's Sustainable Communities Program

Negotiators in the Senate and House of Representatives have reached an agreement on federal spending on urban initiatives and rail transportation for the 2012 fiscal year.  The agreement preserves funding for transit and the Transportation Investment Generating Economic Recovery (TIGER) grants ... read more »

Two-Stepping with the Feds on Earth Day

As noted on the CNU Facebook page earlier this week, the one-step-forwards-one-step-back dance with the Feds continues. Last Friday, one foot was put forward when news emerged that HUD’s Sustainable Communities Initiative would retain $100 million in the final CR for FY2011. Included in the budget... read more »

Cities, Conservatives and the Future of the Country

Harvard economist Ed Glaeser is recognized as fairly conservative, certainly an enthusiast for market based policies. His new book, Triumph of the City, calls the city man's "greatest invention". He counts the many blessings that come from well planned and well run cities; economic growth, wealth, l... read more »

Message from Victor Dover and John Norquist: HUD Sustainability Program at Risk

Dear CNU member, We want to alert you to an impending threat to some relatively small but important programs that are on the cho ... read more »

An impressive month for the federal sustainability partnership

In a breathtaking series of press conferences and releases as well as a major report, the federal Partnership for Sustainable Communities, which is led by EPA, HUD, and the Department of Transportation, have rolled out coordinated, multiple announcements of federal assistance to an impressive and wi... read more »