CNU Monthly Review

July 2012 

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Registration Now Open for CNU 2012 Transportation Summit 

Head to Long Beach, CA, this September 9-10, for CNU's 2012 Transportation SummitThe summit will have a unique format, with small groups working together to confront the limitations of the dysfunctional Functional Classification System as it applies to urban areas. 


Come strategize on how to implement new urbanist street design techniques that go "Beyond Mobility." Listen to debates between Jeff Tumlin of Nelson/Nygaard and John Horsley, Executive Director of AASHTO, and watch the sparks fly. 


And as the summit will immediately precede the Pro-Walk/Pro-Bike conference, it will focus on the exchange of ideas between New Urbanists and bike and pedestrian planners.  Register now!

Listen Live to a Transportation Summit Preview with "Gridlock Sam" Schwartz


You've seen him on Comedy Central's "The Colbert Report," heard him on WNYC Radio, read Bill Keller's profile of him in the New York Times. Now, New York's "Gridlock Sam" Schwartz comes to CNU for a special podcast chat with CNU's John Norquist, to preview our upcoming Transportation Summit. Sign up 

to listen in to this live chat happening Thursday, August 2nd at 5pm EST/4pm CST.


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How Walking and Biking Add Value to Your Community and Change the System: An Interview with John Norquist 


Earlier this month, CNU's John Norquist spoke with the Project for Public Spaces about what urbanists need to know in bringing about multimodal changes to city streets, the role of decision makers in effecting change, and how it all comes together at the intersection of CNU's 2012 Transportation Summit and this year's Pro Walk/Pro Bike: Pro Place conference.

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Ford Aims to "Go Further"


CNU recently attended the Ford Motor Company's "Go Further" conference. The conference included urbanists, technology experts, and interested scholars to discuss four trends: urbanization, accessible design, streamlined and simplified technology, and eco-psychology. 


Read our dispatch from the event, and an assessment of Ford's "Blueprint for Mobility."


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Mr. Mayor, Tear Down this Expressway 


Spread the news. In an op-ed for the New York Daily News, John Norquist takes

New York's Mayor Bloomberg to task to tear down the Sheridan Expressway and extend his administration's pedestrian improvements - so successful in Manhattan and other NYC boroughs - to the Bronx. 


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The Strange Case of OKC's Highway-to-Boulevard-to-Highway Conversion

Oklahoma City Councilmember - and CNU member - Ed Shadid lays out the strange case of a Highway-to-Boulevard-to-Highway conversion in

"The Impending Conflict over the Oklahoma City Boulevard Represents a Cultural Paradigm Shift."


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"City Design Matters": A Multimodal Transportation View with Brent Toderian


CNU member Brent Toderian is the former Chief City Planner of Vancouver, President of Toderian UrbanWORKs in Vancouver, and serves on CNU's Highways-to-Boulevard Advisory Committee. The European Cyclist Federation recently interviewed Toderian during the the Velo-city 2012 conference in Vancouver, asking what it takes to increase a city's share of cyclists on the streets. 

Watch below to see Toderian's response:  

Brent Toderian Interview with ECF
CNU Member Brent Toderian Interview with ECF

CNU 21 Program Committee Meets in Salt Lake City


Drawing from member's ideas submitted to the CNU Public Square, the CNU Board, staff and CNU 21 Program Committee had a positive and productive meeting in Salt Lake City this month, as the CNU 21 program begins to take shape.


And if you have more ideas for plenary speakers and general suggestions for the Congress, please note the Public Square is still open for input on such topics till November 30, 2012.


Submit Your Idea>> 

Registration Open for CNU-New York Chautauqua Retreat in October


From October 12-14, CNU-New York will hold an NU retreat in the lakeside resort community of Chautauqua, NY. The retreat will bring together activists, developers, professionals, and local officials who are leveraging the Rust Belt's resources and infrastructure for renewal of the region. Participants can expect a relaxed program with time for conversation, networking and enjoying the scenic surroundings.




Save the Date: Healthy Communities Summit in Atlanta


The Healthy Communities Summit takes place September 20-21 in Atlanta; the summit will cover how design, health, and public officials can come together to create healthy, livable communities in the 21st century. 






The James Marston Fitch Charitable Foundation Grants


The James Marston Fitch Charitable Foundation provides grants to mid-career professionals in the careers of historic preservation, architecture, landscape architecture, urban design, architectural history, and other design-related careers. The deadline for proposals is September 15.




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