"...The big top of New Urbanism is coming to town – CNU XVI: New Urbanism and the Booming Metropolis – a congress that will showcase, shame, and enlighten our local development leaders April 2-6. Not unlike a certain local music-industry conference, the annual Congress for the New Urbanism carries an impact and popular appeal that reach far beyond the industry it serves..."
"...Regardless of your views on New Urbanism – whether you subscribe to its Great Streets-goosing gospel or resent the attempt to shoehorn urban spaces like Downtown into a Disneyfied "Main Street" caricature of itself – there's no denying our city has drunk the recycled-rainwater Kool-Aid. Our new City Hall anchors Second Street, the proto-New Urbanist Austin of tomorrow..."
"...Via Video-Message: Can Prince Charles give a beautifully articulated "carbon neutral" speech or what? Last week in Austin, His Royal Highness appeared virtually to accept a 2008 CNU Athena Medal, at the Congress for the New Urbanism. (Global warming having become the chicly apt excuse for not getting on a plane.) CNU recognized the Prince of Wales for his sustainable New Urbanism work through the Prince's Foundation for the Built Environment – a campaign that Prince Charles noted he's "conducted in the course of personal ridicule for over 25 years." His Royal Highness asked for CNU's partnership in more fully integrating New Urbanism – which focuses on improving the quality of the built environment – with the fight to combat global warming..."
"...At fascinating back-to-back sessions here at CNU17 – the 2009 Congress for New Urbanism big meet-up in Denver – we got an earful about CNU's latest federal legislative lobbying. At the lobbying forefront are two Austinites, former state legislator Mike Krusee and former CAMPO board member Scott Polikov (now residing in Ft..."
"...In addition to the Chamber and APT, other groups have expressed support for the plan, including Austin Gets Around, the Downtown Austin Alliance, the Downtown Austin Neighborhood Association, the Central Texas chapter of the Congress for a New Urbanism, and the Let's Go Austin PAC. According to a mid-July press release, Let's Go Austin, formed in March to support the bond proposal, has already raised more than $73,000..."
"...Also on May 19, the Austin chapter of the Congress for New Urbanism hosted a Cafe Urban discussion about a more inclusive concept for a new Parks & Recreation Department boathouse, sited where Waller Creek flows into Lady Bird Lake. That warmed up the PARD-sponsored public meeting on the same topic, which drew about 60 attendees, two-thirds of them Austin Rowing Club members..."
"...Ron Thrower – Congress for the New Urbanism Central Texas Chapter..."
"...Program staff and University of Texas researchers are now testing driver and cyclist responses to new tools for retrofitting roads – for example, with "sharrows," new arrowlike road markings and signs that indicate how cyclists and drivers can share a lane. She cited work by university researchers nationally, the Congress for the New Urbanism, and others that has led to a whole shift at the federal level toward multimodal "complete streets" requirements and "context-sensitive" design standards..."
"...The former Caterpillar Inc. executive and former policy director for the Texas House of Representatives Transportation Committee currently sits on the boards of Envision Central Texas, the Alliance for Public Transportation, and the Congress for the New Urbanism...."
"...The Congress for the New Urbanism has already praised the potential for better combined planning. In an open letter to the city, district, and county, CNU Central Texas Chapter President Sean Compton said that the current system of independent planning "left a 'gap' in responsibility." But he was openly critical of school closure plans, saying, "The short-term saving created ....."
"...A true civic embarrassment of wasted resources is Brush Square, a small green space at Fourth and Trinity that is little better than a vacant lot surrounded by high rises. (Walking past it during the Congress for the New Urbanism, CNU founder Andrés Duany pointed at Brush Square and asked, "What is that?" This reporter responded, "Um, it's a public space.") Recent attention on Brush Square precipitated the push for a comprehensive plan addressing all open spaces Downtown...."
"...A caveat, though: The biggest change I've seen on the light rail front is the advent of Smart Growth (or New Urbanism, or livability, or sustainability, or whatever the hell you want to call it). Actually, all the ideas of Smart Growth were already in place; they just hadn't yet been embraced by real estate developers, who now are falling over their own feet to build transit-oriented development..."
"...The New Urbanism Film Festival, partnering with the Central Texas chapter of the Congress for New Urbanism, hosts a screening of short films on architecture and urban design, 7pm Monday, Aug. 31, at Alamo South Lamar, 1120 S..."
"..."This is one of those moments to step up and articulate what urbanism is worth to America."..."
"...Denver was the host city for CNU 17, this year's Congress for the New Urbanism national conference (see "Compact, Climate-Friendly, Competitive," June 26). And it's a good city to take lessons from, as it's further ahead on tackling the same urban-planning issues we struggle with in Austin..."
"..."I will be leaving elective office," his Nov. 27 statement read, "but I intend to stay active in the issues I care about, Transportation and New Urbanism, both here in Texas and nationwide." Krusee dismissed speculation that his unspoken reason is that the next race might be too tough..."
"...We went to D.C.; it was at the Kentlands, a Duany development outside D.C. I spent those days listening to Duany explain what New Urbanism was, what sprawl really was in terms of design and its impact..."
"...Mike already has one tour of duty at the Chronicle under his belt; from the late Nineties to mid-Aughts, he covered city politics and transportation as a reporter, "Austin@Large" columnist, and editor. Mike has immersed himself in city governance from all angles – as an award-winning journalist; a citizen activist serving on the Task Force on Community Engagement, the Central Texas chapter of the Congress for the New Urbanism, and the Urban Renewal Board; and a public relations VP specializing in civic projects..."
"...(According to Planning Commissioner Dave Anderson, little Pflugerville had 300 people show up for its comprehensive plan meetings.) A number of close observers are critical and concerned, including Jeb Boyt and Glenn Gadbois of the Austin Urban Coalition. That group is advancing a New Urbanist, or "town centers," model for sustainable growth; its participants include the Alliance for Public Transportation, Congress for the New Urbanism – Central Texas, the Downtown Austin Alliance, League of Bicycling Voters, and others..."
"...Over lunch at Southside Market & Barbeque – the hot-sausage pride of the "Sausage Capital of Texas" since 1882 – Elgin City Manager Jeff Coffee and a small group are talking about how to grow the town, from its present size of 10,000 residents to about 40,000 residents in 20 years. By "doing it right," Coffee means following the principles of New Urbanism to create a compact, close-knit community with a lively downtown and traditional neighborhoods..."