Apr 062017

April Atlanta Urbanist Events

April: Bike Commuters and Newbies Breakfast

Join us Thursday April 6th for our monthly commuter breakfast at The General Muir. This will be a SPECIAL, NEWBIE-FRIENDLY breakfast. In light of the I-85 collapse, we’re asking all of our bike commuters to BRING A NON-BIKE COMMUTER. Our goal is to provide a welcoming place where bike commuters, and those who have never bike-commuted but who are interested/amused/terrified, can ask their questions and receive some inspiration and tips. There is no shame for those who drive to the event! Our hope is that you’ll leave inspired to commute, and maybe make a new friend who’ll help you do it!

WHEN: April 6th, 7:00 – 10:00 AM
WHERE: The General Muir, 1540 Avenue Pl, Atlanta, GA 30329
COST: Free

Memorial Drive Sunset Tour w/Urban Explorers Atlanta

Join Urban Explorers Atlanta for a tour of Memorial Drive and to learn more about the future Memorial Drive Greenway.


5:00, Pre-tour mixer at Augustine’s
6:00, Tour* begins at Augustine’s
6:45, Arrive at Liberty Plaza
7:00, Depart Liverty Plaza
7:45, Optional get-together at Six Feet Under rooftop bar
8:02, Sun sets
WHEN: April 7th, 5:00 – 8:30 PM
WHERE: Augustine’s, 327 Memorial Dr. SE, Atlanta, GA 30312
COST: $10.00

Register here.

Atlanta Green Drinks at Cast Iron

Green Drinks (greendrinks.org) is a monthly gathering for people interested in the environment & sustainability. With 500+ cities participating worldwide, Atlanta’s event is held the second Wednesday each month 6-9 (atlgreendrinks.org), free to attend & open to everyone…

Cast Iron, a brand new O4W restaurant (occupying the former P’cheen/Last Word space) that serves “timeless food and handcrafted drinks,” will be hosting our April event! And we’re hoping for good weather to enjoy their lovely outdoor space overlooking Highland Ave. April is Earth Day month (4/22), so expect some extra freebies & eco-friendly raffle prizes…

Located right off the BeltLine; bike rack out front; MARTA bus stop at Ralph McGill & Glen Iris (0.3 mi away); free street parking + at the Highland Bakery lot (both limited); paid lot on Sampson behind Cast Iron’s brick building.

WHEN: April 12th, 6:00 – 9:00 PM
WHERE: Cast Iron, 701 Highland Ave NE, Atlanta, GA 30312
COST: Free

2017 IPaT Industry Innovation Day

The Institute for People and Technology (IPaT) will host its annual Industry Innovation Day on April 13th in Tech Square. The event serves to showcase research at IPaT and Georgia Tech as well as highlight the many avenues of collaboration. Industry Innovation Day builds on the success of the previous IPaT industry-oriented event, which we hosted for five years, the People and Technology Forum.

After breakfast, Industry Innovation Day will begin with thought-provoking keynotes and panel discussions on this year’s theme of Digital Transformation. Business leaders, researchers, city officials, entrepreneurs and government and non-profit leaders will examine the transformative impact and value of emerging tools, platforms and technologies, especially in the fields of healthcare and smart & connected communities.

WHEN: April. 13, 8:30 AM – 5:00 PM
WHERE: The Garage at Tech Square, 848 Spring St NW, Atlanta, GA 30308
COST: $55.00

Register here.

Atlanta Transportation Plan Update with Gabe Klein

Join the City of Atlanta, CNU Atlanta, Young Professionals in Transportation (YPT) Atlanta, and more for an update the Atlanta’s Transportation Plan with Gabe Klein.

3-24-17 Gabe Klein Instagram flyer

WHEN: April 18th, 8:00 – 10:00 AM
WHERE: Horizon Theatre, 1083 Austin Ave NE, Atlanta, GA 30307
COST: Free, RSVP to info@atlantastransportationplan.com

2017 Spring GPA Conference

The Georgia Planning Association invites you to historic Downtown Woodstock for the 2017 Spring Conference. Don’t miss this fantastic opportunity to experience Downtown Woodstock, earn CM credits, and network with your fellow colleagues!

Woodstock, Georgia has seen tremendous growth in recent years, with its population growing by nearly 70% between 2000 and 2016. What was originally a railroad town in the late 1800s, became a bedroom community of Atlanta and then a destination within its own right, attracting nearly 25,000 residents today.

During the height of the City’s growth, Woodstock took careful steps to revive and restore one of the City’s most treasured assets, the historic Downtown. In 2002, the City received funds from the Atlanta Regional Commission (ARC) to complete its first Livable Centers Initiative (LCI) Plan, and received subsequent funding to enhance Main Street in the downtown area. Today, brick-paved sidewalks offer a beautiful setting for residents and visitors to stroll among the Downtown’s shopping and dining options. Surrounding Downtown is a higher-density residential area with more than 1,000 housing units located within a five-minute walk of over 40 shops and 20 restaurants.

WHEN: April 19th, 7:00 AM – 5:00 PM
WHERE: City Center, 8534 Main Street, Woodstock, GA
COST: $50.00/planning officials; $100.00/GPA members; $150.00/non-members

Register here.

Georgia Trails Summit

The Georgia Trail Summit is back for the fourth year. Join us April 20, 21 and 22 in Columbus. The longest urban whitewater course in the world. Biking, walking, paddling and heritage trails. All right downtown.
Our theme is PLAN. FUND. BUILD. MANAGE. Enjoy an intensive experience to learn how to make trails happen. Half day of sessions on Thursday.  A full day of sessions on Friday. And a half day of mobile workshops Saturday.
30+ Relevant presentations. 13 Mobile workshops. 2 Networking parties, meals and more.
All sponsorships include free registrations. AICP CM credits available for the first time from GPA.
The Georgia Trail Summit is open to everyone – trail builders, users, policy makers, planners, advocates, designers, nonprofits, conservationists, paddlers, hikers and urban walkers, cyclists, equestrians, land trust and park managers. Our 2017 headquarters is the beautiful Columbus Convention and Trade Center. Our program is online at: www.georgiatrailsummit.com/program
It’s not too late to reserve your hotel room across the street at the Columbus Marriott group rate of $109.

WHEN: April 20th-22nd
WHERE: Columbus Convention and Trade Center, 801 Front Avenue, 2nd Floor, Columbus, GA 31901
COST: $100.00

Register here.

DCA Community Planning Institute

Is your city about to start updating your local comprehensive plan? Have you recently updated your plan, but need help implementing your new plan? DCA has just the workshop to help get you on the road to successful local planning for a brighter future for your community! The Office of Planning and Environmental Management for the Georgia Department of Community Affairs (DCA) has scheduled its spring Community Planning Institute, “Preparing and Implementing your Comprehensive Plan”, at Unicoi State Park & Lodge on Thursday and Friday, April 20 and 21. Unicoi State Park & Lodge is a 1,050-acre state park located immediately north-northeast of Helen, Georgia.

This 2-day workshop focuses on preparing and implementing a comprehensive plan, beginning with how and why a community plans for its future and concluding with information on putting the plan into practice. Governments with plan due dates in late 2017 and 2018 are encouraged to attend this course.

WHEN: April 20th-21st
WHERE: Unicoi State Park
COST: $70.00/day (early registration ends April 14th); $100.00/day (regular registration)

Register here.

CNU 25 in Seattle

A rapidly expanding transit network runs through green, dense neighborhoods full of historic homes and local businesses. A thriving startup economy sparks innovation in tech and civic spaces. Surrounding it all, Puget Sound and the Cascade and Olympic Mountain Ranges provide a constant bridge to the natural world. Seattle and the Pacific Northwest are creating the next frontier of urbanist innovation. But as the pace of change quickens, the region is struggling to maintain its affordability, character, and pioneer spirit.

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At our 25th annual Congress, CNU will celebrate the last quarter-century of New Urbanist accomplishments and pivotal moments—while looking forward to the future of building sustainable, equitable, livable places.

WHEN: May 3rd – 6th
WHERE: Seattle Art Museum & Benaroya Hall
COST: Variable pricing, register here.

Jane’s Walk Atlanta 2017

For the second annual Jane’s Walk Atlanta, we’ll walk nearly 3 miles through Midtown Atlanta to observe the new developments going up, how Midtown Atlanta’s master plan is playing out, the importance of good street design, and more. The walk will be lead by Candler Vinson of CNU Atlanta, with Bakari Height of MARTA Army, Ian Sansom of Alta Planning, and Kemberli Sargent of PEDS. Join us outside the main entrance to the Midtown MARTA Station on 10th St. at 5:30 PM on Sunday, May 7th.


WHEN: May 7th, 5:30 – 7:30 PM
WHERE: Midtown MARTA Station, 10th St Entrance
COST: Free

For more information and the route, click here.

Mar 082017

March 2017 Atlanta Urbanist Events

In Their Words: Inspirational Stories of Atlanta’s Minority AEC Trailblazers

Many of Atlanta’s iconic buildings and transformative projects have been managed, designed, engineered and constructed by minority trailblazers who overcame extreme challenges in the era of civil rights. The Atlanta chapter of the National Organization of Minority Architects (NOMA) in collaboration with StoryCorps, created an exhibit featuring the stories of Oscar L Harris; C. David Moody, Jr; Cheryl McAfee; William J. Stanley III; Joseph W. Robinson Sr.; and Zubaida Musharraf.

Join the Atlanta City Studio for part one of a two part panel discussion with our Atlanta AEC Trailblazers as they share in-depth stories of the impact of the Civil Rights Movement on their own lives and professional practice as well as how we can continue to make progress as a city and profession. Part one of the panel discussion will feature Oscar L. Harris, FAIA, NOMA, Cheryl McAfee, FAIA, NOMAC and Jeffrey L. Robinson, AIA, NOMA.

For more information and audio of the StoryCorps interviews with the trailblazers, please visit the NOMA website at http://nomaatlanta.org/storycorps-interviews/.  Event details are below:

WHEN: March 3rd, 6:00 – 7:30 PM
WHERE: Atlanta City Studio, Ponce City Market, 2nd Floor, 675 Ponce De Leon Ave, Atlanta, GA 30308
COST: Free w/RSVP to Leslie Canaan at lcanaan@atlantaga.gov or 404-623-6622.

Book Club @ Atlanta City Studio

How can urban design be revitalized for pedestrians and bikers? Join our March book club on Wednesday, March 8th and discuss how pocket parks, bike lanes, and public plazas can spark an urban renewal. There are four copies of the book available to borrow from DeKalb County Public Library. See link in discussion.
Leslie Caceda, a Transportation Technologist Specialist at the Atlanta Regional Commission, will be moderating the conversation. Learn more about Leslie below.

Title: Streetfight: Handbook for an Urban Revolution
Authors: Janette Sadik-Khan, Seth Solomonow
ISBN-10: 0525429840
ISBN-13: 978-0525429845

WHEN: March 8th, 6:00 – 7:30 PM
WHERE: Atlanta City Studio @ Ponce City Market
COST: Free

Andrés Duany & The CityBuilding Exchange

The New Orleans CityBuilding Exchange is an educational retreat designed for teams of community decision-makers – elected officials, key city staff, development, institution, business and neighborhood leaders. Early registration ends next week! 

Change your paradigm! Don’t miss the opportunity to learn best practices from expert consultants and share discussion with leaders from around the country. Topics include:

  • The economics of city productivity (or what your fiscal office and elected officials don’t know that will sell your downtown project!),
  • Mobilizing potential through updated strategies in transportation, transit and parking,
  • Zoning for successful urban centers using form-based codes,
  • Building healthy communities through walkable urban design,
  • Maximizing retail in downtowns and mixed-use developments,
  • Aging in place and the future of “Lifelong Communities,”
  • Using historic preservation as an economic development tool,
  • Unlocking city opportunity and equity through suburban redesign,
  • Successfully addressing homelessness and transience,
  • Strategic planning for the future and the new, Lean Urbanism,
  • Gaining consensus and implementing the Vision!

Rated by past attendees as “an exceptional value” with “a wealth of reliable information and implementable strategies,” the agenda is top notch, the time commitment minimal and the cost incomparable. After-hours networking pairs learning and camaraderie with the unique experience and beautiful urbanism of New Orleans – the perfect urban lab!

WHEN: March 8-10, 2017
WHERE: New Orleans, LA
COST: $395.00

Register here.

CAP/ADID Annual Meeting

Join Central Atlanta Progress and the Atlanta Downtown Improvement District on March 14 for our 2017 Annual Meeting and Awards Celebration.

With the theme Dynamic Downtown, this “can’t miss” event will honor the people, places and businesses that are shaping Downtown’s exciting future.

There’s no better opportunity to influence and inspire new clients, catch up with business associates, meet new contacts and get the scoop on Downtown Atlanta.

WHEN: March 14, 7:00 AM – 9:15 AM
Hyatt Regency Atlanta, 265 Peachtree St. NE, Atlanta, GA 30303
COST: $75.00 for CAP members/$100.00 for non-members.

Register here.

Atlanta Regional Housing Forum

Over the last few years, research has documented both the increase of rental rates and the resulting cost burden to low-income families in metro Atlanta. And now, research from the Federal Reserve Bank of Atlanta shows that eviction levels are reaching alarming rates.
Join us for the first quarterly Atlanta Regional Housing Forum of 2017 as we discuss the issue. Report authors Elora Raymond, Federal Reserve Bank of Atlanta and Michael Lucas, Atlanta Volunteer Lawyers Foundation will be on hand to discuss their research. Additional panelists will explore the impact eviction has on families and the need for intervention.

WHEN: March 14th, 9:30 – 11:45 AM
WHERE: St. Luke’s Episcopal Church, 435 Peachtree St. NE, Atlanta, GA 30308
COST: Free.

Register here.

Downtown Atlanta Master Plan Open House

Join us at the Rialto Center for the Arts to learn about the Downtown Atlanta Master Plan.

We will present information and data regarding Downtown Atlanta to give you an opportunity to learn about the plan. We will also have a number of stations to visit, where you can provide your input on the future of Downtown Atlanta.

WHEN: March 21th, 11:00 AM – 2:00 PM & 3:00 PM – 5:00 PM
WHERE: Rialto Theater, 80 Forsyth St SW, Atlanta, GA 30303
COST: Free and open to the public

TransportationCamp South 2017

TransportationCamp is an “unconference” – where sessions are proposed and led by attendees – bringing together thinkers and doers in the fields of transportation and technology for a day of learning, debating, connecting, and creating.

The event program will run from 10:00 AM to 5:00 PM on Saturday, March 25, 2017, with breakfast/registration from 9:00 to 10:00. A light breakfast, box lunch, and coffee breaks will be provided for all participants and are included in the registration fee. There is also a Starbucks located on-site. Please join us for a happy hour immediately following the event.

The venue for TransportationCamp South will be the Clough Undergraduate Learning Commons, a state-of-the-art, sustainably-designed educational facility located at the heart of the Georgia Tech campus.

WHEN: March 25th, 10:00 AM – 5:00 PM
WHERE: Clough Undergraduate Learning Commons
COST: $10.00 early bird/$20.00 regular

Register here.

The Roswell Connection: Park Pride Walking Tour

**This walking tour is organized in conjunction with Park Pride’s 16th Annual Parks & Greenspace Conference.**

The City of Roswell is taking improving the quality of life of their residents seriously. They recognize that citizens are yearning for great, walkable, bikable and accessible communities.

Join this walking tour to see an example of how Roswell is responding to their citizens’ needs with the creation of the new River Walk.

The tour will begin in Candler Park where we’ll board a tour bus, generously donated by the City of Roswell, and learn more about the projects en route. The tour bus will return to Candler Park at 4 P.M.

Questions? Contact John Ahern, john@parkpride.org.

WHEN: March 26th, 1:00 – 4:00 PM
WHERE: Meet at Edgewood/Candler Park MARTA Station Northside Bus Bay
COST: $15.00

Register here.

16th Annual Parks & Greenspaces Conference

Each spring, Park Pride hosts the annual Parks & Greenspace Conference, the largest parks conference in the southeast, to explore a selected theme about parks and greenspaces. It is a wonderful environment for networking with elected officials, community leaders, and park advocates who are driven to improve parks and strengthen communities.

The 16th Annual Conference, themed “Connecting with Parks,” will explore how parks and greenspaces bridge gaps between individuals, communities, political jurisdictions, and ecosystems to become places of regional importance.

The keynote speakers for this years conference will be Audrey Peterman, President of Earthwise Productions and author of Legacy on the Land: A Black Couple Discovers Our National Inheritance and Tells Why Every American Should Care, and Kaid Benfield, senior counsel for environmental strategies at PlaceMakers, LLC, senior adviser to the Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC), adjunct professor at  the George Washington University School of Law, and author of People Habitat, who also spoke at CNU 24 in Detroit last year.

Whether a transportation corridor such as a green street, a linear park spanning several neighborhoods, or a network of parks designed to capture rainwater, our parks and greenspace serve a vitally important role in connecting us to the environment, to our neighborhoods, to commerce, and to each other.

WHEN: Monday, March 27th, 8:00 AM – 5:00 PM
WHERE: Atlanta Botanical Garden
COST: $165.00/ticket

Register here.

DeKalb Ave Complete Street Public Meeting

The City of Atlanta’s Renew Atlanta team is holding its second public meeting for the DeKalb Ave. Complete Street Project. Come find out what’s possible for DeKalb Ave – how can we provide safe access for people to bike and walk this important corridor, while also improving the flow for drivers by adding left turn lanes to reduce wait times at clogged intersections.

WHEN: March 30th, 6:00 – 8:00 PM
WHERE: Liberty Baptist Church, 395 Chamberlain St. SE, 30312
COST: Open to public

Jan 202017

Jan 2017 Atlanta Urbanist Events

At the beginning of every month, CNU Atlanta sends out an email with all of the urbanist events for that month. If you’d like to get this in your inbox, you can sign up here. If you’d like to let us know of an event, contact us at atlanta@cnu.org.

Bike Share 101 Class with Atlanta Bicycle Coalition

Want to learn more about Atlanta’s new bike share program? Then this class is for you! These free classes include a free access code for you to try bike share!
Things you’ll learn:
Basics of Bike Share
Safety and etiquette overview
Group riding skills

Things you should bring:
Closed-toe sneakers
Water bottle and sunscreen
Comfortable clothing for being outside/riding
Desire to have fun!

WHEN: Saturday, January 7, 2017, 1 – 2:30 PM
WHERE: Meet at the Bikeshare station at Midtown Marta
COST: Free

2-Way Snow Day BeltLine Hike with Urban Explorers Atl

What is a 2-Way First Saturday Beltline Hike, you ask?

+ First Saturday hike on the Atlanta Beltline Eastside Trail
+ Two starting points > Cabbagetown Park and Piedmont Park
+ No charge to participate; just an optional donation
+ All hikers must pre-register online. No walk-ons….
+ You can join the hike at one of four locations (see below)
+ The Cabbagetown group will head north, stopping at Krog Street Market for a hot toddy (or cold beer)
+ The Piedmont Park group will head south, stopping at Ponce City Market for a hot toddy (or cold beer)
+ The two groups will eventually converge somewhere along the Eastside Trail
+ Where we go from there is anyone’s guess. Some may continue their hikes. Others may head to one of the many Beltline restaurants for lunch.
+ Any members who guess the exact location of the “convergence” win a $25 event credit
+ Any non-members who guess the exact location of the “convergence” win a complimentary one-year Explorer membership to Urban Explorers of Atlanta
+ All hikers must pre-register online. No walk-ons!

WHEN: Saturday, January 7, 2017, 11 AM – 2 PM
WHERE: Multiple locations (see registration link)
COST: Free

Lunchtime Forum @ Atlanta City Studio

Atlanta City Studio is launching a new program on Tuesdays in January at the Studio. Stop by the Food Hall and pick up lunch or bring your own to the Studio at 12:30 PM for a conversation with a member of our Studio Team on topics inspired by Atlantic Media’s CityLab.

The first conversation will be on January 10 inspired by the article “Why Quality of Place Matters by Richard Florida and Andrew Small”(December 28, 2016). You are encouraged to read the articles in advance but it is not required. We will have copies on hand at the Studio that day as well. (Article here.)

WHEN: 12:30 PM on Tuesday, January 10th, 17th, 24th, & 31st.
WHERE: Atlanta City Studio @ Ponce City Market
COST: Free

Atlanta City Studio Book Club

What is Atlanta’s Vernacular Landscape? Join our January book club on Wednesday, January 11th and discuss our city’s landscape issues. Used copies of ‘Discovering the Vernacular Landscape’ are readily available. Cassie Branum, a multi-faceted urban designer at Perkins+Will Atlanta will be moderating the book club discussion this month. More info here.

WHEN: Wednesday, January 11th at 6:30 – 8 PM
WHERE: Atlanta City Studio @ Ponce City Market
COST: Free

Design Over Doughnuts @ Atlanta City Studio

Join the Studio team the 2nd and 4th Friday of the month at 8 AM for a conversation about architecture, public space and more as we look at Atlanta and images of great cities that inspire us. Start the New Year with design!

WHEN: Friday, January 13th & 27th, 2017, 8:00 AM
WHERE: Atlanta City Studio, Ponce City Market
COST: Free

Urbanism Meetup w/ Thread ATL

Join Thread ATL for some informal conversation about Atlanta’s urban form. If you’re interested in pedestrian safety, housing affordability, transit use, cycling, livability — and the way we can affect these things through advocacy — let’s get together and talk!
WHEN: Monday, January 16, 2017, 7 – 9 PM
WHERE: Condesa Coffee, 480 John Wesley Dobbs Ave NE, Atlanta, GA 30312
COST: Free

CAP/ADID Town Hall Meeting

Central Atlanta Progress and the Atlanta Downtown Improvement District want to keep you informed about all things Downtown. To stay connected, don’t miss the next Town Hall meeting on January 26th. All are invited to attend this informal, public event that is intended to keep the community “in the know.”

WHEN: Tuesday, January 26, 7:30 – 9 AM
WHERE: GSU Student Center Auditorium East, 55 Gilmer St SE, Atlanta, GA 30303
COST: Free
Register here.

Westside Trail Walking Tour with Urban Explorers of Atlanta

This special (7-mile) walking tour will focus on the Westside Trail, which is currently under construction and scheduled to open in late 2017. In recent weeks, construction crews have begun pouring concrete for the multi-use trail. Other exciting developments, such the Monday Night Brewing announcement are drawing significant attention to this area. The purpose of this tour is to allow those who are interested to get a first-hand look at the construction of this new trail as well as the neighborhoods that surround it.

WHEN: Sunday, January 29, 2016, 11:00 AM – 2:00 PM
WHERE: Meeting at Oakland City MARTA Station
COST: Varying prices for members, $20/non-members.

Early Bird Registration–16th Annual Parks & Greenspaces Conference

Each spring, Park Pride hosts the annual Parks & Greenspace Conference, the largest parks conference in the southeast, to explore a selected theme about parks and greenspaces. It is a wonderful environment for networking with elected officials, community leaders, and park advocates who are driven to improve parks and strengthen communities.

The 16th Annual Conference, themed “Connecting with Parks,” will explore how parks and greenspaces bridge gaps between individuals, communities, political jurisdictions, and ecosystems to become places of regional importance.

The keynote speakers for this years conference will be Audrey Peterman, President of Earthwise Productions and author of Legacy on the Land: A Black Couple Discovers Our National Inheritance and Tells Why Every American Should Care, and Kaid Benfield, senior counsel for environmental strategies at PlaceMakers, LLC, senior adviser to the Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC), adjunct professor at  the George Washington University School of Law, and author of People Habitat, who also spoke at CNU 24 in Detroit last year.

Whether a transportation corridor such as a green street, a linear park spanning several neighborhoods, or a network of parks designed to capture rainwater, our parks and greenspace serve a vitally important role in connecting us to the environment, to our neighborhoods, to commerce, and to each other.

WHEN: March 27th, 8 AM – 5 PM
WHERE: Atlanta Botanical Garden
COST: $135 Early bird registration/$165 regular price.

EARLY BIRD REGISTRATION: Open and available to the first 75 registrants, or by January 31st. Register here.

Nov 152016

We have a couple events coming up that you’re going to want to get on your calendar.
First up is Urbanist Trivia Night on Thursday, November 17th with Tunnell-Spangler-Walsh at Steel Restaurant & Lounge in Midtown Atlanta. Think you’re up to date on urbanism? Get a couple of friends together, come enjoy some free appetizers, and show us what you’ve got. Registration is free for CNU Members and only $5 for Non-Members–registration ends at 1:00 PM on Thursday, Nov. 17th. Register here.











On December 6th, we are excited to host our annual Winter Luncheon at The Shed at Glenwood. In addition to the fantastic three course meal that The Shed is putting together for us, this event will be special because Maria Saporta, arguably the most knowledgeable resource of development in Atlanta, will discuss Atlanta’s changing landscape and answer your questions. Seats are limited, so get your tickets today: Register here.

We hope to see you there to help us wrap up our exciting year and usher in the next.

Sep 272016

On Tuesday, October 25th, we are partnering with North American Properties and the City of Alpharetta on the Avalon + Alpharetta Bus Tour. Avalon and the City of Alpharetta have taken ambitious, future-forward steps to redevelop their historic downtown, create a network of walking and cycling trails, and invest in a future less dependent on Alpharetta as just a job-center, but as a destination in and of itself.

Join CNU Atlanta for a day of tours and talks in Alpharetta and Avalon with representatives, planners, and designers for a behind-the-scenes look at their success stories. Lunch will be catered by Farm to Ladle Avalon and is free.

This event is also approved for 3.5 CM credits through the Georgia Planning Association.

Registration ends on Friday, October 21st. Register here.


Sep 092016

green-drinks_9_2016_shareNext Wednesday, the 14th, CNU Atlanta is partnering with Atlanta Green Drinks instead of our typical T3 for Green Drinks at TRACE Atlanta in Midtown. For the uninitiated, Green Drinks is a fun monthly social event that doesn’t have a theme or a presentation–Come hang out, enjoy free appetizers and drink specials, and try your luck in the raffle, no registration required!

At the beginning of every month, we send out an email with a list of our and our partners’ events to help you stay up to date and be informed about what’s happening in our city each month. If you’d like to subscribe to that email list, you can do so here. Hope to see you soon!

Jul 222016

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What: Brewery-Based Development Tour & Talk with CNU Atlanta

When: August 25th, 6:00 – 9:00 PM

Where: BlueTarp Brewing Co., Three Taverns Brewery

Tickets: $25.00/CNU members, $35.00/non-members

If you’ve ever been to a local brewery, you already know how great they are–But did you know that they can have a pretty big impact on the surrounding community, too?

This month, CNU Atlanta is partnering with the City of Decatur to highlight how East Decatur Station developed from a former industrial node into a dense, diverse economic hub with a couple of outstanding breweries at its core. As the area continues to grow with the Avondale MARTA transit-oriented development set to break ground this fall, the East Decatur community will only continue to grow.

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Doggy Dogg Atlanta’s gourmet hot dogs.

Join us for an evening to learn about East Decatur Station, have great beer at BlueTarp Brewing Co. and Three Taverns Brewery, explore Global Growers’ Burundi Women’s Farm, and hear from a number of speakers including Amanda Rhein, MARTA’s Director for Transit Oriented Development, Catherine Lee of Decatur’s Downtown Development Authority, and more.

Tickets for this event are $25.00 for CNU members and $35.00 for non-members, and provide tours and free samples of BlueTarp Brewing Co. (24 oz ) & Three Taverns Craft Brewery (18 oz). Gourmet hot dogs from Doggy Dogg Atlanta are also available for pre-order; large for $8.00 or a small for $4.00.

To get to Blue Tarp Brewing Co. and East Decatur Station, ride MARTA to the Avondale MARTA Station, exit to the south bus bay, and follow the stairs or sidewalk to Sams Street–BlueTarp is right around the corner or Sams St. and E College Ave. Ride-sharing and cycling are recommended as well, but be advised, E College Ave does not have dedicated bike lanes by East Decatur Station at this time. Parking is also available at East Decatur Station next door, but it is limited and we do not advise drinking and driving from this event.

Countless thanks to our sponsors: Urban Realty Partners, City of Decatur Downtown Development Authority, East Decatur Station, and Sycamore Consulting, Inc. Please contact us at atlanta@cnu.org with any questions or concerns.

We look forward to seeing you there. Cheers!

Jul 142016

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What: CNU Atlanta’s July T3* – Tiny Houses and the Missing Middle

When: Third Thursday of July (July 21) @ 5:30 p.m.

Where: Kronberg Wall Architects, the renovated Bearden Temple AME Church in Reynoldstown

Tiny houses have taken the nation by storm. There are at least three different television shows dedicated to the minor manors, dozens of tiny house blogs, and just as many hot takes on how tiny houses will save America’s affordable housing deficit. But they are also illegal in most places, and they’re not alone; along with duplexes, quadplexes, courtyard apartments, above-garage lofts, and granny lofts, tiny houses violate zoning codes from coast to coast. Why? And how do we change that?

Join CNU Atlanta and the Georgia Conservancy at the office of Kronberg Wall Architects, the renovated Bearden Temple AME Church in Reynoldstown, for our July T3 on Missing Middle Housing & the advent of Tiny Houses, featuring Will Johnston, Founder of Tiny House Atlanta; Robert Reed, Director of Residential and Community Sustainability Services at Southface Energy Institute; Eric Kronberg of Kronberg Wall Architects; Lyn Menne, Assistant City Manager of the City of Decatur; and Geoff Koski, Senior Consultant at the Bleakly Advisory Group and President of CNU Atlanta.

Register for CNU Atlanta’s July T3 here.

The Kronberg Wall Architects office is located in Reynoldstown (887 Wylie Street, Atlanta, GA 30316), a 15 minute walk or a 5 minute bike ride from the Inman Park/Reynoldstown MARTA station. There is limited parking on the street, so walking, biking, or carpooling is recommended. The event starts at 5:30pm with half an hour of networking before the program begins at 6:00pm.

Free Sweetwater beer will be provided courtesy of the Georgia Conservancy and we’ll have cheese, crackers, and other snacks as well. We will be limiting attendance to 100 attendees, so be sure to register early before tickets run out!

Although T3s are free for CNU Members, we ask guests to pay $5.00 in advance. This small contribution helps CNU Atlanta continue providing such programming throughout the year.

We look forward to seeing you!

*T3 (Thirsty Third Thursdays) is a monthly gathering organized by the Atlanta Chapter of the Congress for the New Urbanism (CNU Atlanta) for architects, planners, real estate professionals and all others who are interested in our built environment.

Jun 102016

Weren’t able to make it to CNU 24 in Detroit? Want to hear what all the buzz is about? Went, but just can’t get enough?

Join CNU Atlanta at Steel Restaurant & Lounge in Midtown for our Third Thirsty Thursday and overview of everything that happened at the Congress, including the Charter Award our friends at Kronberg Wall Architects/Planners received for the New Orleans Jazz Market.


Although T3’s are free for CNU Members, we ask guests to pay $5.00 in advance and $10.00 for walk-up registration (space permitting); Please note, this small fee enables us to provide free hors d’oeuvres at Steel and Kronberg Wall Architects, and helps us to maintain the program offerings throughout the year.

Registration ends on June 16th at 12:00 PM and capacity is limited, so be sure to sign up before then and please feel free to share this information with your networks.

Location: Steel Restaurant & Lounge, 950 W Peachtree St NW Ste 255, Atlanta, GA 30309
Time: 5:30-7:30
Price: Free for CNU Members//$5.00 for Non Members//$10.00 at the door

Register here!

May 042016

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Please join CNU Atlanta in welcoming Eric Brown of Brown Design Studio, and the newly formed CNU-Savannah Chapter, to Steel Restaurant & Lounge in Midtown on Thursday, May 19th for a short overview of urban growth and opportunities in historic Savannah, Georgia.

Brown Design Studio specializes in designing quality historic architecture and new urbanism projects, and is rooted in Savannah’s traditional block design in his plans in order to connect the “macro-concepts with the micro-engineering needed to implement great urbanism.” Afterwards, we’ll discuss the City of Atlanta’s efforts to modernize its zoning and what we can take away from Savannah’s example.

Although T3’s are free for CNU Members, we ask guests to pay $5.00 in advance and $10.00 for walk-up registration; this small fee will help CNU Atlanta address the cost of providing such programming throughout the year. Registration ends on May 19th at 12:00 PM, so be sure to sign up and share with your networks before then!

Register today here!