CNU Monthly Review

August 2012 

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Limited Spots Still Available for 2012 CNU Transportation Summit - Register Now!

Why come to the 2012 CNU Transportation Summit? 
Because you can help make history and build off of the previous accomplishments and work conceived and completed by Summit Groups. 
Help Make History at CNU's 2012 Transportation Summit
Help Make History at CNU's 2012 Transportation Summit

Register now and come to Long Beach, CA, September 9-10, for the 2012 CNU Transportation SummitCome confront the limitations of the dysfunctional Functional Classification System as it applies to urban areas.  


The Summit offers an opportunity to work in small groups and debate with leading transportation officials, planners, and engineers such as Marcy McInelly (Urbsworks), Rick Hall (Hall Planning & Engineering), Ryan Snyder (Ryan Snyder & Associates), Jacky Grimshaw (Center for Neighborhood Technology), Sam Schwartz (Sam Schwartz Engineering), Rock Miller (ITE President), Jarrett Walker (author of Human Transit) and more.

HPE's Rick Hall Gets Ready for the 2012 CNU Transportation Summit
HPE's Rick Hall Gets Ready for the 2012 CNU Transportation Summit

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!



Kickoff the Summit with a Special Welcome Reception


 What do the CNU Charter Awards, the seminal punk rock record label SST,  Stefanos Polyzoides and the CNU Transportation Summit all have in common?

 They will all be present at the CNU Transportation Summit Reception at 4th +  Linden, a 2011 CNU Charter Award winning project -- and former site of  aforementioned SST Records.

Summit registrants and members of the public are welcome to join us for drinks and appetizers, Sunday, September 9th at 6 p.m. Attendees will enjoy beer and wine as well as light fare. And you won't want to miss CNU co-founder  Stefanos Polyzoides' speech on how Los Angeles is being transformed by numerous transit initiatives. Read more about the Summit Reception by clicking here.


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Rail~Volution Partners with CNU for Upcoming Transportation Summit 


Rail~Volution has partnered with CNU as a media sponsor for the 2012 CNU Transportation Summit. Rail~Volution is made up of citizens, developers, planners, government officials, transit activists, and more. It is a advocacy conference that inspires the integration of transit into livable 

communities. Follow the link below to attend Rail~Volution in Los Angeles, October 14-17, 2012.

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2012 Freeways Without Futures Revisited


It's been six months since CNU released the 2012 Freeways Without Futures list. Since that time, highways in Somerville, MA; Niagara Falls, NY; and Long Beach, CA have been identified worthy of the Freeways without Futures moniker. 


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 John Norquist Spreads the Highways-to-Boulevards Gospel in OKC


 CNU CEO & President John Norquist recently joined Oklahoma City  Councilmember - and CNU member - Ed Shadid for a presentation on the  benefits of highway-to-boulevard conversions, and to confront the strange case 

 of  I-40's highway-to-boulevard-to-highway saga in OKC. Read 

 Steve Lackmeyer of the Oklahoman's account of the event by clicking here.


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 Sarah Susanka Confirmed as CNU 21 Plenary Speaker


 Sarah Susanka is the acclaimed author of the Not So Big  House series, Home by Design and The Not So Big  Life.  CNU  excitedly welcomes Susanka, as she brings her "Not So Big"  message to CNU 21: Living Community,  May 29 - June 1st,  2013. 



In Remembrance of Doug Boone, 1945-2012


Doug Boone, a Charlotte-based developer and New Urbanist leader, passed away this month at the young age of 66. Best known for his contribution of the New Neighborhood in Old Davidson, a first-of-its-kind development for Davidson, North Carolina, Boone will be remembered for his introduction of New Urbanism into the Charlotte area.


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Lessons from Zurich's Parking Revolution 


In an article for The Atlantic CitiesCNU Board Member Norman Garrick, and UConn Professor Christopher McCahill, examine the progressive parking policies of Switzerland's largest city, and what lessons they may hold for American planners.



New Features on the CNU Salons: CITY SPOTLIGHT and CHAPTER CORNER


Two new features are available via the CNU Salons blog: CITY SPOTLIGHT and CHAPTER CORNER. 


City Spotlight shines a light on the latest news, developments and initiatives occurring in cities and towns where CNU members live and work. 


Chapter Corner will feature dispatches from CNU's individual chapters around the country. Hear firsthand about what others are doing to instill New Urbanist principles into their neighborhoods, cities, and regions.

Placecraft Summit to Meet September 14 in North Adams, MA


CNU Next-Gen is helping to put together the Placecraft Summit, "a user-driven conference for people who wish to shape the built environment in ways that create value, strengthen community, and protect the ecosystem." Placecraft will meet September 14 in North Adams, MA. 




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. 






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 PlaceMakers offers a variety of core services - planning, coding, implementation and  marketing - to address the full scope of placemaking. From planning charrettes and  codes to implementation and marketing, PlaceMakers focuses on "the kind  of viability that turns vision into reality."


 See their website for more. 

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