CNU Monthly Review

January 2012 

Featured Stories

CNU 2012 New Year's Resolutions

At a time when policy seems frozen, CNU is breaking through political gridlock in advancing bipartisan reforms that deliver market-based improvements to the economy, the environment and public health.  

Read CNU's 2012 Resolutions and support CNU in enacting on-the-ground change through our initiatives. Re-up your membership as a CNU City-Builder today and give the gift of an additional Advocate membership for free.   


2012 Board Elections

CNU is conducting member-led elections for a number of seats on the Board of Directors.

Are you ready to directly shape the voice of CNU? Want to discuss the best ways for CNU to remove obstacles to urbanism, and apply the principles of our Charter? 

Ready your candidacy now as the Call for Candidates closes February 17th, 2012.

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CNU Goes to D.C. to "#OccupyTRB"

Earlier this month, CNU premiered its new webpage for the Project for Transportation Reform, in anticipation of the CNU "#occupyTRB" exhibit booth at the 91st Annual TRB meeting.

CNU CEO & President John Norquist visited CNU's "#occupyTRB" booth to debut the illustrated version of the CNU Sustainable Street Network Principles.

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CNU's Sustainable Street Network Principles

The Congress for the New Urbanism has long recognized that the street network is a fundamental part of human civilization because it serves as the setting for both commerce and culture. For the first time, CNU has compiled a set of principles and key characteristics of the sustainable street network into a document that is practical, inspirational, and beautifully illustrated.

Over 1700 people have already viewed the interactive version of the CNU Sustainable Street Network Principles. Click through to read a copy today, and see Streetsblog D.C.'s coverage here.  

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Livability Solutions Supports the Right Fix for Streets   

CNU is a proud partner in PLTS: the Partnership for Livable Transportation Solutions. Operating under the Livability Solutions moniker, the partnership offers free technical assistance to communities looking to implement sustainable planning solutions. As part of its participation, CNU will be training communities on the Designing Walkable Urban Thoroughfares manual. CNU will lead a workshop in Blue Springs, MO and play a part in workshops in Philadelphia, PA.    



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CNU 20 Coming Attractions:  

CNU Board Chair Victor Dover travels the streets of Laventille, Trinidad, exploring the rich musical heritage and "renewed effort to build walkability, equity, opportunity and sustainability into the fabric of neighborhoods." As Dover states, "that's New Urbanism," and those topics are at the heart of this year's International Track.  

Victor Dover: Attend CNU 20's
Victor Dover: Attend CNU 20's "International Track"




Register now for CNU 20 and take advantage of early registration rates.   

Dreihaus Form-Based Codes Award Call for Submissions


The Form-Based Codes Institute (FBCI) has opened its Call for Submissions for the 2012 Dreihaus Form-Based Codes Award.  The Award honors achievement in the writing and implementation of form-based codes in the regulation of development to achieve a specific urban form. Award winners will be announced in a special ceremony at CNU 20. 


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Fireside Chat with Mark Nickita

On January 17th, CNU President & CEO John Norquist enaged in discussion with Birmingham, MI Mayor Mark Nickita, founding member of the Michigan Chapter of CNU, and champion of all things Detroit. Norquist and Nickita discussed the successful strategies of and challenges facing shrinking cities, and what the role and shape of urbanism is in the "Rust Belt Reset."  

Access the Fireside Chat Archive by re-upping your membership as a CNU City-Builder. Remember: join today and give the gift of an additional Advocate membership for free.   

Live/Work/Walk: Removing Obstacles to Investment  


On January 18th, CNU held an event in downtown Chicago to kick-off the Live/Work/Walk: Removing Obstacles to Investment initiative. A packed crowd came out to listen to presentations from CNU CEO & President John Norquist and Center for Neighborhood Technology President, and CNU Board Member, Scott Bernstein. Both Norquist and Bernstein presented on how current federal housing financing restrictions obstruct the mixing of uses and prevent investment and developers from being able to meet market demand.  


Read Forbes' take on the event>>

Highways-to-Boulevards Training


On January 27th, CNU hosted a Highways-to-Boulevards webinar during which experts spoke to activists around the country about highway removal and surface street conversion. John Norquist, CEO and President of CNU; Lucy Gibson, Smart Mobility, Inc.; Cary Moon, People's Waterfront Coalition of Seattle, and Peter Park, Manager of Community Planning with the City of Denver presented key lessons learned in highway removal campaigns across the country, including how to shift political strategy, define elements of a success campaign, and better engage transportation professionals.


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Featured Listings 

Viridian Energy


Attention CNU members in Illinois, New York, Pennsylvania,
Maryland, New Jersey, and Connecticut: Looking to minimize your environmental impact while helping CNU deliver on-the-ground change for vibrant, dynamic, better-performing communities?   


Now you can by switching your electricity and natural gas services to Viridian. By signing up for greener energy at affordable prices through Viridian, you can help CNU earn money to support our mission and initiatives. CNU receives income from Viridian each month our supporters pay their utility bills, while you save money and use cleaner energy.


Any CNU member from the above-listed states can sign up - business owners, homeowners, and renters. This is a great way to support CNU while spending money you already do on electricity and natural gas. Visit to learn more and enroll today.

Graduate Certificate in Urban Studies and Planning at California State University, Northridge 

California State University is proud to announce the creation of the Master of Public Administration degree with an Emphasis in Urban Planning.

From CSUN, "Everyone, regardless of socio-economic status, deserves access to healthier communities. Walkways, bike paths, and community gardens are just a few of the things that contribute to urban quality of life. Learn about the urban lifestyle and how, through the urban studies and planning graduate certificate, you can contribute to changing our communities nationwide. Credits earned in the certificate program may be applied to a Master of Public Administration (MPA) degree."

 Click here for more>>



How to Require Successful Places People Will Love

2/01/12 | San Diego, CA


Smart Cities

2/01/12-2/02/12 | Amsterdam, Netherlands


Debunking Transportation Myths and Sacred Cows: Restoring Our Cities and Towns

2/02/12 | New Haven, CT


11th Annual New Partners for Smart Growth Conference

2/02/12-2/04/12 | San Diego, CA


CNU-Atlanta: Complete Streets Design Workshop 

2/17/12 | Atlanta, GA


Havana Urban Design Charrette

2/19/12-2/25/12 | Havana, Cuba 


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