Environmental Quality Protection, Beautification

CONGRESS FOR THE NEW URBANISM

  • Chicago, IL
  • www.cnu.org

Mission Statement

The Congress for the New Urbanism (CNU) helps create vibrant and walkable cities, towns, and neighborhoods where people have diverse choices for how they live, work, shop, and get around. People want to live in well-designed places that are unique and authentic. CNU's mission is to help build those places.

With seventeen local and state chapters and offices in Chicago, IL and Washington, DC, CNU works to unite the New Urbanist movement. Our projects and campaigns serve to empower our members' efforts, identify policy opportunities, spread great ideas and innovative work to a national audience, and catalyze new strategies for implementing policy through design approaches.

All New Urbanists share the conviction that our physical environment has a direct impact on our chances for happy, prosperous lives. Our movement includes professionals, leaders, advocates, citizens, and other like-minded organizations working to identify and address the range of issues impeding the development and redevelopment of well-designed neighborhoods, public places, commercial corridors and rural environments.

CNU works to unite that movement as a connector, convener, alliance builder, and teaching platform. Our staff, members, partners, and allies are the international thought leaders on building better places, and CNU helps bring them together.

Main Programs

  1. Transportation Networks
  2. Emergency Response and Street Design
  3. Highways to Boulevards
  4. Urban Thoroughfares Manual
Service Areas

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National

CNU is a nonprofit 501(c)(3) organization with offices in Chicago, IL and Washington, DC.

ruling year

1994

Principal Officer since 2014

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Lynn Richards

Keywords

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new urbanism, urbanism

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EIN

65-0483737

 Number

2960351207

Physical Address

1720 N Street NW

Washington, DC 20036

Also Known As

CNU

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Cause Area (NTEE Code)

Alliance/Advocacy Organizations (C01)

Other Art, Culture, Humanities Organizations/Services N.E.C. (A99)

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Program 1

Transportation Networks

CNU has long recognized transportation as a key determinant
of quality of urban form and community life. Transportation networks not
only accommodate a region's access and mobility needs but also helps determine
the location, type and form of land development. CNU seeks to create sustainable
transportation networks that are planned in coordination with community planning and work to reduce household
costs, traffic injuries and greenhouse gas emissions.

This CNU initiative aims to define and detail the characteristics
of urban transportation networks across all scales to
advance the creation of sustainable neighborhoods, cities, towns and regions.

Category

Public, Society Benefit

Population(s) Served

General Public/Unspecified

Budget

$17,000.00

Program 2

Emergency Response and Street Design

In recent years, new urbanists and firefighters have discovered both
common interests and shared challenges in neighborhood street design.

The Emergency Response & Street Design Initiative, a
collaboration between the Congress for the New Urbanism, fire marshals
from across the United States, and the U.S. Environmental Protection
Agency's Smart Growth program(http://www.epa.gov/livability/) , found solid common ground for ongoing efforts to reconcile narrower streets and good emergency access: Street
connectivity — specifically well-connected networks of traditional
street grids — is essential to good urbanism, shortens emergency
response times, and improves overall community life safety.

From that foundation, we are cooperatively working to change the International Fire Code with proposed amendments(http://www.cnu.org/node/2896)
empowering local fire code officials to be flexible on street designs.
Underlying this initiative are a few basic facts: Wider streets lead
to higher traffic speeds and greater chances for fatal collisions, as
shown by CNU member Peter Swift's study, Residential Street Typology and Injury Accident Frequency(http://www.newurbanengineering.com/) .
Depending on their context, they damage, if not destroy outright, any
sense of an inviting, walkable place. As communities sprawl outward and
homes are built further and further from firehouses, firefighters and
other emergency responders find it increasingly costly and difficult to
maintain acceptable emergency response times. Those times suffer, and
response distances increase when street networks are designed as poorly
connected mazes of cul-de-sacs.

To meet these challenges, new urbanists and firefighters are finding
that building compact neighborhoods with highly connected street
networks can provide a solution that keeps homes close to fire stations
and out of high-hazard areas.

Category

Public, Society Benefit

Population(s) Served

General Public/Unspecified

Budget

$6,000.00

Program 3

Highways to Boulevards

America's twentieth century highway building era included elevated freeways
which cut huge swaths across our cities, decimating neighborhoods and
reducing quality of life for city residents. This massive concrete infrastructure
had devastating effects on urban economies. It blighted adjacent property
and pushed access to basic amenities further out. With the Federal and
State Departments of Transportation confronting shrinking budgets and
cities looking for ways to increase their revenues, it is an ideal time
to offer less expensive, urban alternatives to the reconstruction of urban
expressways.

New York City, Portland, San Francisco, Milwaukee and Seoul, South Korea
have confronted this problem by replacing elevated highways with boulevards,
saving billions of dollars and increasing real estate values on adjacent land. The Congress for the New Urbanism (CNU) believe that teardowns offer an attractive
option for cities struggling with aging highway infrastructure. The strategies
are proving themselves in adding value and restoring urban neighborhoods
decimated by highway construction.

Category

Public, Society Benefit

Population(s) Served

General Public/Unspecified

Budget

$100,000.00

Program 4

Urban Thoroughfares Manual

Leading engineers, elected
officials, planners, and others are now using a new resource created by the
Institute of Transportation Engineers (ITE) and the Congress for the New Urbanism
(CNU) for local communities. Released in 2010, the recommended practice guide, Designing
Walkable Urban Thoroughfares: A Context Sensitive Approach, advances the
successful use of context-sensitive solutions (CSS) in the planning and design
of major urban thoroughfares for walkable communities. It provides guidance
and demonstrates how context-sensitive design principles and techniques may
be applied where community objectives support new urbanism and smart growth:
walkable, connected neighborhoods, mixed land uses, and easy access for pedestrians
and bicyclists. The manual is a partnership between the Institute of Transportation
Engineers (ITE) and CNU. Under contract to the Federal Highway Administration
(FHWA), the two organizations have created a context sensitive design guide
dedicated exclusively to major thoroughfares in cities and towns.
 
Since the manual's release, CNU and ITE have continued to collaborate on educational and outreach efforts across the country. The manual was used as a guide in 2010 when CNU was contracted out by the City of Elgin to assist in the development of a streets plan for the town.

Category

Public, Society Benefit

Population(s) Served

General Public/Unspecified

Budget

$19,000.00

Service Areas

Self-reported

National

CNU is a nonprofit 501(c)(3) organization with offices in Chicago, IL and Washington, DC.

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CONGRESS FOR THE NEW URBANISM
Fiscal year: Jan 01-Dec 31
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Principal Officer

Lynn Richards

BIO

Lynn Richards is President and CEO of the Congress for the New Urbanism. Previously, Richards had a long and distinguished career at the US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), holding multiple leadership roles over 13 years including Acting Director and Policy Director in the Office of Sustainable Communities. She worked with dozens of state and local governments to implement placemaking approaches by developing policies, urban design strategies, and environmental solutions for vibrant, prosperous neighborhoods. Additionally, she produced groundbreaking research on water and land use strategies.

Before joining the EPA, Richards worked briefly in the private sector at a consulting firm. She lived and worked in the former Soviet Republics from 1988 to 1995, helping environmental groups increase their organizational and political effectiveness.

Richards was awarded a Loeb Fellowship in Advanced Environmental Studies at the Harvard University Graduate School of Design in the 2012-2013 school year. She has a dual Masters in Environmental Science and Public Affairs from Indiana University.

Governance

BOARD CHAIR

Marcy McInelly

Urbsworks

Term: June 2016 - May 2017

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