New Urbanism trend

On the New Urbanism trend

Grabbing the torch

The New Urbanism, a movement that seeks to shape our world, has much to offer young people. And vice-versa. This trend will be a short footnote to history without a new generation of recruits. Ultimately, I don’t think that will be a problem. The principles of urbanism espoused by the Charter have too long a history, and offer too many benefits that are once again being demonstrated, not to appeal to a continuous stream of practitioners. In the short term, however, it’s not easy being a young new urbanist.

Milwaukee Mayor John Norquist named CNU president and CEO

At CNU XI, CNU’s Board of Directors selected Milwaukee Mayor John Norquist as the organization’s new president and CEO after a national search. Mayor Norquist will assume the post upon his resignation as mayor at the end of 2003. Norquist succeeds Shelley Poticha, who resigned after six years as executive director of the organization. “John Norquist is a national figure and a proven leader on issues ranging from transportation reform and urban design to school choice.

CNU XI generates excitement with new leadership, major media coverage, and revitalized programs.

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.

John Norquist to lead CNU as it moves to Chicago

Milwaukee mayor will become president and CEO of the Congress for New Urbanism in January. Milwaukee Mayor John O. Norquist’s selection as the incoming president and chief executive officer of the Congress for New Urbanism provided a dramatic finale to CNU XI in Washington, DC, June 22. Norquist, an independent-minded Democrat who tore down part of an urban freeway and presided over a downtown housing boom in Wis-consin’s largest city, has been popular among new urbanists for years.

Dispatches from the Muckdog Gazette

Dispatches from the Muckdog Gazette By Bill Kauffman Henry Holt, 2003, 212 pages, $22. The next time you notice a promoter, publicist, or journalist waxing overly romantic about small-town life, toss Dispatches from the Muckdog Gazette in the offender’s direction. Subtitled A Mostly Affectionate Account of a Small Town’s Fight to Survive, Kauffman’s book is a welcome antidote to the syrupy evocations that regularly appear in advertisements for traditional neighborhood developments.

CNU may announce new director at DC gathering

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.

Turnabout is fair play

I read with interest your article about libertarian attacks on “smart growth” in the latest issue of New Urban News.

New Urbanism crosses political boundaries

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.

CNU XI highlights policy, principles, and participatory planning

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 … .

2003 Charter Awards winners announced

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.
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