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The Congress for the New Urbanism promotes walkable, mixed-use neighborhood development as an environmentally, socially, and economically responsible solution to the challenges of our built environment.
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Don't Blame the Rich for High Rents

Wed, 2014-07-23 15:44

One common explanation for the high housing costs of New York and San Francisco is that the wealthy are pricing everyone else out of the market.  According to this narrative, there are so many obscenely wealthy people in such cities that developers are only building housing for the rich, thus making it impossible for the law of supply and demand to function.

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Highways Don't Pay For Themselves, Even When They Do

Fri, 2014-07-18 09:41

One common argument for the highway-centric status quo is that highways pay for themselves, while trains and buses are government-subsidized.  This argument has been debunked again and again, and the debunking itself has even been debunked.

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How much does diversity matter?

Sun, 2014-07-13 17:39

This weekend, I visited Kansas City, Mo. to look for apartments (since I am moving there in August to teach at the University of Missouri at Kansas City Law School). I focused my search on the Brookside and Country Club Plaza neighborhoods, two areas within a 45-minute walk of the law school.

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Jungle Shmungle

Mon, 2014-06-30 13:28
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Planning Prof John Gilderbloom Slams his Mayor

Mon, 2014-06-23 15:52

Planners are not usually known for letting loose with their feelings, but urban planner and U. of Louisville professor John Gilderbloom unloaded on his Mayor Greg Fischer. Read all about it here.

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Good density and not-so-good density

Sun, 2014-06-22 12:05

After seeing another blog post about how density is bad because Los Angeles is dense, it occurred to me to suggest that just as there is good and bad cholesterol, there is good and not-so-good density.

From a new urbanist perspective, good density is density that contributes to walkability: density near public transit, density within walking distance of shops and jobs in a place where walking is possible.

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Photo Blog: New Faubourg Lafitte in New Orleans

Fri, 2014-06-20 18:25

In 2012, Urban Design Associates (UDA) was awarded a Charter Award for their project The New Faubourg Lafitte in New Orleans. The project is a redevelopment and rehabilititaiton of a 27-acre superblock public housing that had been badly damaged by hurricane Katrina. CNU praised the collaboration with the community in the plan's creation, the social anchoring of the design, and its connections and consistency with the surrounding fabric.

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Great post on how regulation really is expensive

Fri, 2014-06-20 10:51

Those of us who believe in the laws of economics keep trying to explain that land use regulation really does make development (especially infill development) more expensive.  A recent blog post by James Bacon includes a wonderful essay quantifying the impact of regulation in Austin, hardly one of the nation's most expensive or regulation-happy cities.  The article points out that these regulations tend to be more restrictive in center cities. Read it.

 

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Photo Blog: Tremé Today & the Claiborne Expressway

Wed, 2014-06-18 17:44

Tremé is one of the oldest and most central neighborhoods of New Orleans. In its early history, it was a popular destination for immigrants and free people of color.

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New York's problem (or more broadly, the problem of medium density)

Wed, 2014-06-18 12:37

After reading yet another blog post talking about how New York is losing migrants to other cities, I had an extremely insightful date.  My date was with a woman who lived in Flatbush, at the outer, more car-oriented edge of Brooklyn.  She drives everywhere.  When I told her about my youth in Atlanta, she seemed downright envious: where I saw slavery to cars, she saw "quality of life" (English translation: cheap land). 

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Closing Party Conversations, CNU22

Sun, 2014-06-15 16:35
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To me this photo captures everything that is great about the Congress and CNU.  Look how engaged everyone is talking with each other, conversations framed by sitting together in a wonderful public space in a redeveloping district.  At CNU22 in Buffalo, the closing party.  Thank you all for making this a part of my life.

 

Our new CEO Lynn Richards in center, talking with Ellen Dunham-Jones.  Can you spot Andres Duany?

 

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Thoughts On Rails and Buses

Fri, 2014-06-13 14:58

Randall O'Toole recently published a paper attacking rail transit, focusing in particular on four transit lines (Los Angeles' Regional Connector train, San Francisco's Third Street train, Seattle's University line, and Honolulu's new rail system).  These transit lines are essentially hybrids between light and heavy rail; that is, they use smaller light-rail-type cars but are separated from streets.  By and large, his discussion is pretty technical and I don't live in the cities he writes about, so I a

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What I Got Out of CNU 22

Fri, 2014-06-13 05:45
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My favorite CNU 22 panel was one on street design.  The panelists (including Victor Dover and John Massengale, authors of a new book on street design) discussed a variety of walkable streets.  For me, the most memorable point was Massengale's discussion of a gigantic arterial in Barcelona; he pointed out that this seemingly very wide street accommodated pedestrians by 1) placing its slowest lanes (with on-street parking that slows down traffic) on the outside, so that at least part of the street did not have dangerously fast traffic and (2) using medians and street trees to make t

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The Magic Kingdom of Hartford

Wed, 2014-06-04 09:26

                       THE ‘’MAGIC KINGDOM’ OF HARTFORD

 

 

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supply, demand and housing costs

Mon, 2014-06-02 12:38

I've read numerous blog posts and articles asserting that gentrification or rich foreign investors increase housing costs by increasing demand.  But people who raise this argument aren't always sensitive to the role of supply in the law of supply and demand: for example, one  New York Times article states that increasing demand has raised rents, yet cites one housing advocate's statement that “Increasing the supply is not going to increase the number

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The Rise of De-Gentrification

Sun, 2014-05-25 01:31

A recent study by a Portland-are consultant and professor analyzed the rise of high-poverty neighborhoods, finding that only 105 census tracts with poverty rates over 30 percent in 1970 had poverty rates below 15 percent in 2010.  By contrast, 1231 tracts with 1970 poverty rates below 15 percent have poverty rates over 30 percent today.  (However, the study does not address the location of either group of tracts- that is, to what extent the gentrifying tracts are urban, and to what ex

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Chicago Green Roofs and Energy Consumption

Fri, 2014-05-23 01:00

 

Author Noah P. Boggess is a Master of Art's student in Sustainable Urban Development at DePaul University, in Chicago, Illinois. In June, he will be joining CNU as a Transportation Summitt Project Assistant.  For inquiries on his research, contact Noah P. Boggess at npboggess@gmail.com

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Turn Lanes Are Anti-Pedestrian & Therefore Anti-Urban

Tue, 2014-05-20 15:08

A NEW YORK CITY MTA Bus almost ran me over this morning as I WALKED my bike in a crosswalk with a green light. Before he almost ran me over the driver honked at me, loudly, to tell me to get out of his way. And I repeat, I was walking in a crosswalk, with the walk light.

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John Norquist Commentary: Cities as Cradles of Progressivism?

Fri, 2014-05-16 01:00
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This article was originally posted on Public Sector Inc

By John Norquist

Mayor Fiorello LaGuardia once said that there is no Republican or Democratic way to pick up garbage, and he’s still largely right. Most mayors focus much more on service delivery than ideology. There is just too much to do on any given day for mayors to indulge in the hyper-partisanship that dominates Washington and the nation’s state capitals.

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