Public Square

These articles are posted with permission from the Congress of the New Urbanism (CNU) and originally appeared in CNU's online journal, Public Square. They are posted for information purposes only. CNU is solely responsible for the articles' content.

New Urban Design in the Post-Pandemic Era

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November 16, 2020

Robert Steuteville, Congress for the New Urbanism

Cities and towns are facing a new reality, according to one of the founders of the Congress for the New Urbanism. This calls for new designs that violate some of the long-held design doctrines of New Urbanism—but have the same social intention.

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Investing in a City Health District During the Pandemic

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October 19, 2020

Robert Steuteville, Congress for the New Urbanism

Memphis, Tennessee, shows the benefits of having community investment and social infrastructure, supported by philanthropy and institutions, in place during a pandemic.

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"Maker" Districts Could Spur Revitalization

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September 21, 2020

Robert Steuteville, Congress for the New Urbanism

Cities are encouraging small manufacturing to promote inclusive economic development and livable wages in downtowns and main streets.

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"Missing Middle" is Key to Housing America

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August 25, 2020

Robert Steuteville, Congress for the New Urbanism

House-scale buildings with more than one living space can affordably shelter a broad range of families, revitalize communities, and profit builders throughout the 2020s and 2030s.

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Suburban Retrofit Opportunities Rising Due to COVID

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July 24, 2020

Robert Steuteville, Congress for the New Urbanism

A new report makes the case that walkable suburbs are the next big development trend.

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Mitigation and Adaptation: New Urban Response to Climate Change

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June 29, 2020

Robert Steuteville, Congress for the New Urbanism

Urban planning has important contributions to a wide range of climate change responses, from mitigation to adaptation, notes Congress for the New Urbanism cofounder Elizabeth Plater-Zyberk.

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Cities Don't Increase Virus Risk

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May 4, 2020

Robert Steuteville, Congress for the New Urbanism

An analysis indicates that cases of COVID-19 are more related to what metro area you live in, rather than whether you live in the central city or a suburb. Transit also doesn’t correlate as a significant factor.

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The State of Coronavirus in America

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April 3, 2020

Robert Steuteville, Congress for the New Urbanism

The way the virus has hit states and regions of the country differs greatly. The State of Coronavirus in America looks at divergent health impacts, including varying acceleration and hotspots.

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Six Keys to Autonomous Transit that Fits Local Communities

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February 29, 2020

Robert Steuteville, Congress for the New Urbanism

As cities and towns plan for rapidly changing transportation technology, flexible urban design and policy solutions are needed.

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Home Builders Report Shows Housing is Changing

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January 20, 2020

Robert Steuteville, Congress for the New Urbanism

The American housing industry is changing course—and this will transform neighborhoods and communities over time by providing more and different choices in housing.

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Changes in Retail Encourage Walkable Urban Designs

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December 23, 2019

Robert Steuteville, Congress for the New Urbanism

For many years, retailers resisted the architecture of street-facing storefronts, but necessity is the mother of flexibility.

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Why Choose a Grid?

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November 22, 2019

Robert Steuteville, Congress for the New Urbanism

The decision of a city in Texas to plan for new growth using a grid of streets has inspired readers and makes a lot of sense.

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Malls to Mixed-Use Centers and Other Opportunities

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October 25, 2019

Robert Steuteville, Congress for the New Urbanism

While hundreds of malls are declining, they are also being reused for all kinds of purposes—including walkable urban places in communities lacking in this kind of environment.

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Why Downtown Retail is Coming Back

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September 25, 2019

Robert Steuteville, Congress for the New Urbanism

Even as e-commerce takes market share and national chain stores close, demographic shifts have created a growth market for downtown retail and mixed-use.

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