One of my favorite if not all out depressing CNU plenary speeches was from Robert Caro in Austin. It was a moving discussion about the impact that Robert Moses had one New York City. In Madison, we asked CNU President John Norquist about Robert Caro and the discussion turned to congestion. He states that if the USDOT wants to see a model of successful congestion mitigation, all they need to do is look up at Detroit. Check it out.
CNU 19 in Madison was chock full of bloggers. It was exciting to meet folks that write some of my favorite blogs including Tim DeChant, Jarrett Walker and Sam Newberg. It's always interesting to meet people in person and see thier faces rather than thier logos.
At CNU 19 in Madison we caught up with Charlie Hales, Senior VP at HDR and Portland mayoral candidate, and had him discuss what it takes to get transit development to happen. It's a perfect storm of advocacy, business community support, political leadership, and coordination between all the planning organizations that are going to make the project happen. What do you think?
We're back from CNU 19 in Madison, Wisconsin and learned a lot from our colleagues in the field. We've got quite a bit of footage so we're going to be releasing a new video each day over the next few weeks of folks we talked to at the conference. So stay tuned for interviews from some great urban thinkers.