CNU is seeking submissions for the 2011 Charter Awards, its premier annual juried awards program. The awards recognize outstanding design, development and policy achievements from around the world that embody the principles of the Charter of the New Urbanism and expand our understanding of their role in transforming communities for the better.
The Center for Transit-Oriented Development (CTOD) has released the "Creating Successful Transit Oriented Districts in Los Angeles: A Citywide Toolkit for Achieving Regional Goals" report, which assesses opportunities to improve land use and transportation linkages in communities surrounding 70 existing and planned transit stations in the City of Los Angeles. The report identifies strategies to help communities around transit stations achieve high transit ridership, increase mixed-income and mixed-use housing opportunities and create sustainable neighborhoods while offering its residents a wealth of travel options.
The Federal Transit Administration has unveiled a new Mixed-Income Transit-Oriented Development Action Guide created by the Center for Transit-Oriented Development. The guide comes in the form of a website and is the first "publication" by the FTA to be completely paperless.
Metropolitan Planning Organizations are beginning to take a more proactive role in planning and promoting compact growth along transit corridors: offering “livable communities” planning grants in Atlanta, requiring certain thresholds of housing density before funding transit extensions in the San Francisco Bay Area, and providing direct financial assistance for projects in Portland.
D.C. Surface Transit commissioned the Brookings Institution to look at funding alternatives for a proposed streetcar. Brookings then subcontracted with Reconnecting America for assistance. Out of that collaboration came “Value Capture and Tax-Increment Financing Options for Streetcar Construction.”
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."
The United States needs to link transportation and climate change policies if it hopes to reduce greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions enough to ward off the worst impacts of global climate change, according to a new study by the Center for Clean Air Policy.
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!