Durable Growth

Urbanism and senior living: Shedding the extra bedrooms

Typical suburban development

In recent weeks, I’ve been writing about the intersection of urbanism and senior living. Thus far, I’ve largely focused on the forms that senior living can take in urban settings and the steps needed to encourage downtown senior options.

But I’ve also written that many seniors, even if they find walkable […]

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CNU 22: The redemption of Ebenezer Howard

Walkable residential in Buffalo

A couple of posts back, in my effort to educate a commenter about the breadth of urbanist study, I noted that Ebenezer Howard was a difficult person to place in the history of urbanism. Although never a professional planner, Howard nonetheless made significant contributions. But at the same time, he […]

Durable Growth, Government

CNU 22: The state of planning on both sides of the Atlantic

Downtown Buffalo building and adjoining streetcar construction

For now, this will be my last post about CNU 22, the 22nd annual meeting of the Congress for the New Urbanism that was conducted in Buffalo earlier this month. After today, I’ll move closer to home and write about subjects of more immediate importance to the […]

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CNU 22: Bay Area takes top awards

My last few posts have been about CNU 22, the 22nd annual meeting of the Congress for the New Urbanism, which was held earlier this month. Today, I’ll turn to the Charter Awards, the recognition that CNU gives to the best urbanist efforts of the year.

Among the strengths of CNU are the freedom to […]

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CNU 22: Unfairly sniping at those who highlight the need for hard decisions

Old County Hall in Buffalo

The 70th anniversary of D-Day, the landing of the Allied troops in Normandy, was a couple of weeks ago. It was one more opportunity to marvel at the fortitude of the young men who jumped into the surf and waded toward the shore as bullets flew and friends fell.

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Durable Growth, Education

CNU 22: Best moments from the plenary sessions

Older homes within a walkable distance of downtown Buffalo

My recent posts have been about CNU 22, the 22nd annual meeting of the Congress for the New Urbanism. CNU 22 was held in Buffalo, New York earlier this month. Continuing the theme of the last two posts (here and here), this post will also […]

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CNU 22: Only to urbanists would Buffalo be better than Dallas

Buffalo City Hall

In my last post, I began my report from CNU 22, the 22nd annual meeting of the Congress for the New Urbanism. Today, I’ll offer some moments from the conference. Not detailed analysis, but just moments. Snippets of conversation or observations that give a flavor to what it’s like to hang […]

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CNU 22: Shuffling home from Buffalo

Buffalo skyline

I recently wrote that I’d be traveling to the 22nd annual meeting of the Congress for the New Urbanism, familiarly known as CNU 22. I’ve now returned from CNU 22, this year held in Buffalo, New York, re-inspired by the challenges and promises of urbanism.

Over the next few weeks and months, […]

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Great public spaces needn’t be owned by the public

Larkin Square in Buffalo

Most well-used public spaces are owned by the public. When I talk with others of creating more energized public places in the North Bay, the initial assumptions are publicly-owned parks and downtown plazas.

Much of the reason for the assumption is that privately-owned public spaces in recent times are often […]