CNU Monthly Review

March 2012 

Featured Stories

12th Annual Charter Awards Winners Announced

Nine projects were honored as winners of the 12th annual CNU Charter Awards, based on their understanding and advancement of the principles of the Charter of the New Urbanism. An additional four projects were identified for honorable mentions.

With support from CNU-Florida and The Oram Foundation/Fund for the Enviroment & Urban Life, the award winners will be feted in a ceremony at CNU 20 on May 10, 2012.

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Voting Now Open for CNU Board Elections


Voting is now open for CNU Board elections. CNU will fill three (3) Board seats by member election in 2012.


Online voting runs through May 11, 2012, with final results announced at CNU 20 on May 12, 2012.  View the profiles of CNU Board candidates and log in to your CNU account to vote today. (Note: You must log in at and then access the voting booth at


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CNU Seeks Walkable Urban Thoroughfares Instructor for Transportation Reform Training


CNU is a proud partner in PLTS: the Partnership for Livable Transportation Solutions.  PLTS is offering free technical assistance to communities looking to implement sustainable planning solutions, courtesy of a grant from the US Environmental Protection Agency. CNU will conduct a one-day training on the Designing Walkable Urban Thoroughfares Manual in Blue Springs, MO and is seeking engineering applicants with strong planning skills to lead the event. 


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Re-Imagining New Orleans' Claiborne Avenue

As part of its continuing Highways-to-Boulevards work in New Orleans, CNU hosted an event at Tulane University on March 21st called "Re-Imagining Claiborne Avenue." Jacky Grimshaw of Chicago's Center for Neighborhood Technology and Jeff Tumlin of San Francisco's Nelson/Nygaard discussed how the removal of I-10 may influence equity and access issues along Claiborne Avenue. 

Read the recap of the event and see the speakers presentations and videos.


LEED-ND Required in 2012 Choice Neighborhoods Planning Grants 

The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) recently announced the FY2012 Choice Neighborhoods Planning Grants program to revitalize severely distressed neighborhoods. Nearly $5 million are available for awards to support revitalization plans focused on three goals: housing, people and neighborhoods. Eligible applicants for HUD's Choice Neighborhood Planning Grants are public housing authorities (PHAs), local governments, nonprofits, tribal entities and for-profit developers that apply jointly with a public entity. Applications are due May 1st, 2012.

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Tactical Urbanism 2.0 Released 


Tactical Urbanism 2.0 has been released! 


Click through to download your copy, or read the interactive online version.






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Sprawl Retrofit Retreat; New TUMBLR Forum


The leaders of the Sprawl Retrofit Forum have convened for a 

Sprawl Retrofit Retreat in Miami, in the DPZ Guesthouse.


Check in at the brand new Sprawl Retrofit TUMBLR Forum for updates, get ready for the Sprawl Retrofit Symposium in Phoenix, AZ on April 12-13, and stay tuned to the CNU site for the latest developments on the future of the Sprawl Retrofit Initiative.



CNU and our 5000 Friends 


CNU recently eclipsed over 5000 Facebook followers. Thanks to all of our members who get their daily dose of NU news via our Facebook feed! Tell all your online - and offline - friends to start following CNU, and if they're not already a CNU member, to join today. 






CNU 20 Update

The Transformation of the Historic 1916 West Palm Beach Courthouse   


Watch the amazing transformation of the 1916 Palm Beach Courthouse as its history is hidden, rediscovered and restored. And come see the building in person during CNU 20!

Historic 1916 Palm Beach County Courthouse
WPB's Historic 1916 Palm Beach County Courthouse



Saturday Morning Plenary with Leon Krier 

This year's Saturday Morning Plenary - to be held May 12, 2012 -  will be delivered by architect, planner, and CNU Athena Medal honoree, Leon Krier. Krier, also a recipient of the Silver Medal of Academie Franšaise (1998) and the Driehaus Prize (2003) will discuss how the Charter of the New Urbanism has proven to be a durable, living document throughout its existence.

James Howard Kunstler at CNU 20

James Howard Kunstler, renowned author and dedicated New Urbanist, will be featured in a series of sessions at CNU 20 this year. Kunstler's work revolves around understanding the placeless-ness that is a result of sprawl, examining the deleterious effects of highways, parking lots, and mega-malls on community and culture. Mark your CNU 20 calendars for Kunstler's sessions today.

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Dover, Kohl & Partners, a CNU Benefactor Member, is a town planning firm specializing in traditional neighborhood design. 



National Main Streets Conference

4/1/12-4/4/12 | Washington, D.C.


Inaugural National Health Impact Assessment Meeting  

4/3/12-4/4/12 | San Antonio, TX


URBANISTS - Retrofitting Sprawl Symposium 

4/12/12-4/13/12 | Phoenix, Arizona


APA National Planning Conference

4/14/12-4/17/12 | Los Angeles, CA


San Diego Green Building Conference: Regenerate San Diego    

4/18/12 | San Diego, CA


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