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A showdown looms on $3.1 billion tunnel would have increased traffic and harmed downtown, according to CNU.

The generously illustrated e-newsletter is produced by A Vision of Europe, but the latest issue focuses mostly on architecture and urbanism in America.

Despite miles of newly installed bicycle lanes, New York City suffered a 50 percent jump in cyclist deaths in 2010.

A CNU co-founder traces his mission in architecture and urban planning to "watching the city of Athens being absolutely destroyed through redevelopment."

A plan to redevelop sprawling Tysons Corner, Virginia, and a form-based development code for Miami head the list.

The Long Island Smart Growth Working Group urged New York State agencies to work together to make smart growth a reality in the state.

The Center for Applied Transect Studies announced that a major SmartCode Module (27 pages including annotations, and diagrams) has been posted on fire mitigation.

Calling all academics! The annual Congress for the New Urbanism call for academic paper submissions has been extended until Thursday, December 9, 2010, at the end of the day.

This has been a big year for bike-sharing, bike lanes, and all manner of bicycle-related urban improvements. 

That emphasis is now showing up in smart growth holiday offerings as well. The Coalition for Smarter Growth, in the the Washington, DC, region, is offering reduced-price memberships in Capital BikeShare or credits on ZipCar use to those who join the Coalition. 

Three projects that were worked on by Tunnell-Spangler-Walsh & Associates (TSW), an Atlanta-based planning, architecture, and landscape architecture firms, have won awards from the Atlanta Regional Commission. 

At the Commission's State of the Region Breakfast, the awards that were presented included these:

The Transect Codes Council has established a new award in honor of the late Ken Groves, who did path-breaking work on codes in Montgomery, Alabama, during his tenure as the city's planning director. The Groves Award will be given to a public official in recognition of superior effort "in furthering the principles of transect-based policy and planning, providing exemplary leadership and vision."

The recently approved urban design program appears to focus on practical issues such as how to make communities more appealing to pedestrians and remake the sprawling suburbs.

The Congress for the New Urbanism is asking for submissions of academic papers for CNU 19 in Madison, Wisconsin.

A measure that would have required popular votes to amend local comprehensive plans went down with the help of "a massive effort and financial resources."

The Seaside Prize is awarded annually to individuals or organizations that have made significant contributions to the quality and character of our communities.

The Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS) announced the appointment of Andres Duany of DPZ as an honorary member.

The Pennsylvania-based builder best known for constructing suburban houses announced that it would expand its operations in New York City and Hoboken and Jersey City, New Jersey.

Government and community leaders start a sustainability group with broad support.

The famous Army medical center will close, and 62 acres of its property could get housing, schools, a central green, and a two-block retail corridor.