CNU Monthly Review

August 2011 


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Featured Stories

Highways-to-Boulevards Survey   

Is there an aging highway in your city that should be replaced with a surface street? Please let us know by filling out the survey linked below. CNU will use your recommendations to come up with our next Freeways without Futures list, which recognizes the top locations in North America to be revitalized by replacing aging urban highways with boulevards.


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GOOD Magazine Contest - Win Money for CNU! 

GOOD Magazine and CLIF Bar have teamed up to announce a nationwide contest supporting the biking movement. Hop on your bike, take a pic, support CNU! 



Norquist Featured in Economics of Place; US News & World

John Norquist authors a chapter on federal urban policy in the new book, The Economics of Place: The Value of Building Communities Around People. Norquist also recently penned an op-ed piece for US News & World Report titled "Why Al Gore is Off Base Criticizing President Obama as Timid."  



Urban Thoroughfares Manual is the "Right Fix" 

CNU Program Director Heather Smith presented on the CNU/ITE Manual at the recent ITE Annual Meeting in St. Louis. Read her account of the conference, then check out the newly revamped ITE Manual page on the CNU website by clicking below. Find out why Designing Walkable Urban Thoroughfares is the "Right Fix" for communities everywhere!


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Summer Tour of Chicago's Bloomingdale Trail  

A beautiful night, an amazing turnout, and an elevated railway ready for remediation were all that was needed for an incredibly successful CNU-Illinois led event down Chicago's Bloomingdale Trail.



Port Royal School Overcomes Threats of Closure 

The Beaufort County School Board voted to keep Port Royal Elementary School (PRES) open after it faced threats of closure. See how CNU and the CNU-Carolinas/Beaufort Chapter lent support to help save the school. 



The Big Dig West Moves Forward  

The results of Seattle's referendum on the Alaskan Way Viaduct are in and it doesn't look good for urbanism, transit, or Seattle's taxpayers. CNU's Nora Beck weighs in with the latest.  



Bringing BRT to Chicago 

Chicago could be revitalized by the introduction of Bus Rapid Transit (BRT), but only if it complements current CTA expansion plans. 



Don't Miss Council on 21st Century Urbanism, October 14-16

Is New Urbanism meeting the challenges of the 21st century? Are we updating our best practices in light of the financial meltdown, peak oil, climate/demographic changes, etc.? These are the issues that Andres Duany, John Norquist, Victor Dover, and more will tackle at the Council on 21st Century Urbanism this October in Montgomery, Alabama. Less than 50 spots remain - register now!



Architect and planner Robert B. Kramer passes away at 67

Robert B. Kramer, the founding father and visionary of Haile Plantation, passed away on Thursday, August 25, 2011, leaving behind a legacy of New Urbanist achievements. 





TIGER Webinar Series: MARAD Port Outreach

Tuesday, August 30 | Online


Municipal Financing Options for Renewable Energy PLUS : How Fowler CO financed its energy projects with NO upfront costs

Tuesday, September 13Online


ND 251: Understanding the LEED for Neighborhood Development Rating System

Monday, September 19 | Chicago, IL 


Conference on Financing Sustainable Housing & Community Development

Monday, September 19 - Tuesday, September 20 | San Francisco, CA 


First International Conference on Age-Friendly Cities

Wednesday, September 28 - Friday, September 30 | Dublin, Ireland  


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