Reconnecting America is attending CNU19 in Madison, Wisconsin. The annual Congress for the New Urbanism (CNU) is the leading venue for new urbanist education, collaboration, and networking. CNU members come from around the world to discuss development practices and public policies, learn from recent innovative work, and advance new initiatives to transform our communities.
The nation's leading forum dedicated to advancing urbanism and promoting alternatives to sprawl was held in Denver this June and among the presentations at the Congress for New Urbanism's annual convention was a New Urbanism 202 seminar entitled "Implementation Strategies For Transit-Oriented Development."
Reconnecting America journeyed to the foot of the Rocky Mountains of Colorado for the 17th Congress for the New Urbanism in Denver. In order to cover the events and allow more people a view into the conference, we tweeted live some of the most pertinent comments made by presenters in several sessions related to how livable communities intersect with transportation options. Below is a listing of all the tweets from the conference. Follow the stream as we cover some key issues and folks at the CNU, from Mayors in Denver and Charlotte, experts on transportation and TOD, as well as lessons learned in terms of framing our issues. Enjoy!
With California facing an unprecedented budget crisis, eleven California urban planners, architects, engineers, public officials, developers, retail managers and a journalist are convening a seminar on the challenges of making towns and cities in the new realities of fiscal chaos, energy constraints and climate change. Instead of flying to Denver, this group of California New Urbanists has chartered two private railcars from California Zephyr Rail Charters, Inc. that will be pulled by Amtrak’s regular Zephyr train. The California New Urbanists are committing the time needed for a structured, deep conversation among accomplished professionals. They are also practicing what they preach: train travel is 21 percent more efficient than automobile travel, and 17 percent more efficient than airline travel.