CNU Monthly Review

February 2012 

Featured Stories

CNU's Freeways Without Futures List

CNU's 2012 Freeways Without Futures list identifies urban freeways that have the most potential to be transformed from broken liabilities to vibrant assets that support valuable places.

Read the list that has been making waves in local communities, and fostered awareness of CNU's Highways-to-Boulevards initiative in publications such as The Atlantic Cities, Streetsblog, and more.



CNU Named to Top 20 Most Influential Transportation Twitter Accounts


CNU was recently named as one of the "Top 20 Most Influential Transportation Twitter Accounts" by Urban Land magazine. Read the full article to see who else made the list, and be sure to subscribe to CNU's Twitter feed for your daily diet of transportation news.   





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Time to take the Project for Transportation Reform to New Jersey

Recently, the Tri-State Transportation Campaign posted an article on its blog, "2011: A Most Dangerous Year for New Jersey Drivers."  

The preventable tragedies on New Jersey roadways cry out for different thinking about transportation. CNU weighs in with the "Right Fix" to bring the Project for Transportation Reform to the Garden State.




Dispatches from NU Council VIII

In October 2011, the city of Montgomery, Alabama played host to CNU's New Urban Council VIII. A contingent of over 50 dedicated New Urbanists convened to discuss and examine the state and shape of New Urbanism to come. The successes and failures of past projects - and the potential of future initiatives to improve the quality of the built environment - were explored. 


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CNU-A Winter Registration Now Open

CNU-A is an impressive way for members to highlight their expertise and knowledge of New Urbanist principles and stand out among the many planners, architects and designers in the marketplace. The CNU-A distinction is achieved by passing the CNU/University of Miami Accreditation Exam. Registration for the exam - as well as the optional University of Miami online prep course, The Principles and Practice of New Urbanism - is open through March 6th, 2012.  


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Online Voting for CNU Board Elections Begins March 5th 

For the first time, CNU is conducting member-led elections for select seats on the Board of Directors. CNU will fill three (3) seats by member election in 2012. 

Candidate profiles will appear live on the CNU website and online voting will begin March 5th! Voting will run through May 11, 2012, with winners announced at CNU 20's Closing Plenary on May 12, 2012. 



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CNU in the News 


In just the past few months, CNU and its initiatives have been featured in the likes of Streetsblog, The Atlantic Cities, Forbes, The Hartford Courant and many more. Read the most recent articles and CNU op-ed pieces with the latest edition of CNU's press clips.  







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."


CNU 20 in West Palm Beach, here we come!




CNU 20 Update

Dr. Richard Jackson to Deliver Closing Plenary   

CNU is excited to announce that UCLA's Dr. Richard Jackson, the creator and host behind the PBS series Designing Healthy Communities, is set to deliver the Closing Plenary at CNU 20. In Designing Healthy Communities, Jackson searches America's past and present for healthy, sustainable communities of all sizes and shapes that can serve as models for the rest of the nation. His journey takes him to Roseto, PA, Prairie Crossing, IL, New York City, Charleston, SC, and Lafayette Park in Detroit, MI.

Episode 4: Searching for Shangri La - (preview)
Episode 4: Searching for Shangri La - (preview)

CNU 20 to Tackle Issues of Pedestrian and Urban Traffic Safety   

One of the major challenges to the creation of walkable streets has been engineering concerns about traffic safety. Features such as narrow travel lanes, street trees and other pedestrian amenities are often regarded by traffic engineers as safety hazards. Yet, recent research by Florida Atlantic University Professor Eric Dumbaugh has shown that walkable streets as favored by New Urbanists report substantially fewer traffic-related crashes, injuries, and deaths than do the "passive safety" solutions favored by traffic engineers.   

CNU 20 is packed with sessions that address these pedestrian and urban traffic safety issues; read more by clicking here.

Do you need to register for CNU 20?
Don't delay!

CNU 21 : A Sneak Peek at "Living Community" 















CNU's 21st Congress will be held in Salt Lake City in 2013. On March 1st, CNU will be hosting a sneak peek at the CNU 21 theme "Living Community" with a panel of top CNU thinkers and leaders at the Salt Lake City Public Library Auditorium.   

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Featured Event 







This month, the Form-Based Codes Institute will hold a series of seminars and webinars for those looking to learn more about FBCs.  Learn more and sign up at the FBCI website:


Upcoming Courses


Featured Member

Nelson\Nygaard, a CNU Benefactor Member, is a unique transit and multi-modal transportation planning firm focused on creating more livable communities. Find out more about their work by
visiting their site at 



International Conference on Sustainable Architecture and Urban Design

3/3/12-3/5/12 | Penang, Malaysia


Housing in America: Innovative Solutions to Address the Needs of Tomorrow 

3/6/12 | San Antonio, TX


Institute of Transportation Engineers Conference 

3/4/12-3/712 | Pasadena, CA


Greenprints Conference

3/7/12-3/8/12 | Atlanta, GA


Transportation Research Forum 

3/15/12-3/17/12 | Tampa, FL


Smart Cities Conference

3/20/12-3/21/12 | Washington, D.C. 


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