The Eleventh Congress for the New Urbanism (CNU XI) went off in grand style in Washington, D.C., June 19 to 22. The curriculum was perhaps the most advanced since Congresses began in 1993. The 1,200 participants paid rapt attention through every session, overwhelming the speakers and staff with their curiosity and passion. In the end, the event left CNU with new leadership, a new headquarters, and many newly invigorated projects.
Possible move of headquarters and proposed “democratization” of the organization stir debate.
The new executive director of the Congress for New Urbanism will probably be announced during the organization’s next annual conference, CNU XI, which will run from June 19 to 22 in Washington, DC. “We’re bowled over by the number of great people who have expressed interest in the position,” said Elizabeth Plater-Zyberk, head of the board of directors’ search committee.
Shelley Poticha, executive director since 1997, will step down July 1 to head the new Center for Transit Oriented Development.
I’m a little insulted that you attach the “right” to the headline of that article. I’m very conservative — an admitted Rush Limbaugh “dittohead” — yet I support New Urbanism as an alternative to sprawl. I can see where people may be threatened by New Urbanism as far as it appears to be social engineering, but from what I’ve learned, that isn’t what New Urbanism is about. New Urbanism doesn’t threaten to deny anyone the American Dream of owning a home or a car. I believe that the more TNDs that are built and the more the public is exposed to that alternative, the more demand there will be.
The Eleventh Congress for the New Urbanism to be packed with innovative debates, new publications, and spirited conversations.
For the first time, CNU is holding a formal parliamentary member debate on the principles of the Charter of the New Urbanism. The debate, Sunday June 22, at CNU XI, is designed to clarify the meanings of Principles 1 and 4 of the Charter, about patterns of regional growth.
Principle 1 reads, “Metropolitan regions are finite places with geographic boundaries … .
Congress for the New Urbanism celebrates exemplary urbanism.
Whether it’s a new block of Berlin, Germany, a regional plan for the San Francisco Bay Area, or a freeway demolition in Milwaukee, this year’s Charter Award winners have something in common: They are the year’s best examples of New Urbanism.
Over the weekend of April 5 and 6, the jurors deliberated for two full days on the 169 entries from over 100 firms.
Watch out. A national attack on smart growth and New Urbanism is under way — organized by libertarian and free-market ideologues and led by economist Randal O’Toole.
O’Toole, director of the Thoreau Institute in Bandon, Oregon, called together 125 opponents of smart growth for a Feb.
It’s useful to have opponents. They point out your errors, and save you from re-
peating them again and again.
Unfortunately, some of New Urbanism’s and smart growth’s opponents — who gathered in late February for Randal O’Toole’s “Preserving the American Dream” conference in the nation’s capital — indulged in so many gross exaggerations and disingenuous arguments that usable criticisms were hard to come by.
After six years of outstanding service, Poticha moves on.
The Board of Directors of the Congress for the New Ur-
banism announced March 5 that Shelley Poticha, the organization’s Executive Director since 1997, will be resigning as of July 1, 2003. Ms. Poticha is leaving the organization to head the new Center for Transit Oriented Development, a national effort to encourage walkable mixed- use development in transit corridors.
“We are very sorry to see Shelley leave us,” said John Norquist, chair of the CNU’s Board of Directors and mayor of Milwaukee, Wisconsin.
With registration open for the eleventh Congress, The Evolving City: From Ideals to Reality, CNU staff are working overtime to pack this year’s event with new perspectives and to make use of member expertise. The Congress promises to keep the movement at the forefront of the growing effort to reform development and planning.
The keynote speaker on opening night, June 19, will be Dr. Richard Jackson, Director of the National Center for Environmental Health at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in Atlanta.