Apr 062016

Please join CNU Atlanta for our April T3, “Streets Designed for Placemaking & Safety,” on Thursday, April 21 at the office of Kronberg Wall Architects, the renovated Bearden Temple AME Church in Reynoldstown. We will hear presentations from Heather Alhadeff, President of Center Forward, Inc., Greg Giuffrida, the Memorial Drive Corridor Executive of Central Atlanta Progress, and Eric Kronberg of KWA and CNU Atlanta.

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Please remember, we ask everyone who plans to attend to register for the event online and in advance; registration for CNU Members is free and non-member registration is only $5.00 online (ends at 12:00 PM on 4/21) or $10.00 at the door.

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 socializing before the program begins at 6:00pm.  Sweetwater beer and non-alcoholic beverages will be provided courtesy of the Georgia Conservancy.

We will be limiting attendance to 100 attendees, so be sure to let your friends know and register early before tickets run out! Register today.

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As one of the largest, most spread out, and car-dependent regions in the nation, Atlanta also saw the nation’s largest growth in bike commuting from 2000 to 2010. But moving forward the region must continue to decide whether reliance on highways or an increased shift to walking, bicycling, and urban development is the path to success. While recent trends strongly support increased investment in active transportation, tragic events – including the death of Alexia Hyneman – remind us that changes need to be strategic and holistic to avoid undue risks. Can our region and our city continue this shift towards healthy, active transportation?

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Please join CNU Atlanta and the Georgia Conservancy at Kronberg Wall Architects office in the renovated Bearden Temple AME Church in Reynoldstown on Tuesday, March 15th for a special T3 featuring a presentation of the Atlanta Regional Commission’s updated regional walking and bicycling plan by Byron Rushing, Atlanta Regional Commission, and follow-up panel discussion with some of Atlanta’s premier bike and walkability experts: Becky Katz, City of Atlanta’s Chief Bicycle Officer; Sally Flocks, PEDS’ Founder and CEO; Ben Foster, Membership & Campaigns Manager for the Atlanta Bicycle Coalition; and Brad Davis, Senior Planner and Project Manager at Alta Planning.

KW picThe Kronberg Wall Architects office is located in Reynoldstown, a 15 minute walk or a five 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 5:30 with half an hour of networking before the program begins at 6:00. American Spirit Works whiskey straight from Armour Yards and non-alcoholic beverages will be provided courtesy of the Georgia Conservancy free of cost for your enjoyment. We will also be limiting attendance to 100 attendees, so be sure to register early before tickets run out!

There are two other items of note for this and future T3’s as well:

First, we are going to ask everyone who plans to attend at T3 to register for the event online and in advance. You can register for the March T3 right here. You will find the link to register in any CNU Atlanta electronic communication you receive which mentions a T3. The link to register will also be available on our website and Facebook page.

Second, although we are going to keep T3’s free for CNU members, we are asking non-members to pay $5.00 in advance and $10.00 for walk-up attendees. This small fee will help CNU Atlanta address the cost of providing such programing throughout the year.

We look forward to seeing you on March 15th and hope you are as excited to hear from this panel as we are!

Please Note: This month, T3 is on Tuesday instead of Thursday but please join us next month for our normal Thirsty Third Thursday!

Feb 292016

Dear CNU Atlanta Members and Friends:

Beginning in March, CNU Atlanta will be trying out a few new things with our monthly T3’s. 

First, we are going to ask everyone who plans to attend at T3 to register for the event online and in advance. You will find the link to register in any CNU Atlanta electronic communication you receive which mentions a T3. The link to register will also be available on our website and FB page.

Second, although we are going to keep T3’s free for CNU members, we are going to start asking non-members to pay $5.00 to attend these events in order to help CNU Atlanta address the cost of providing such programing throughout the year.

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The $5.00 attendance fee will help us continue to have cool programs like T3’s or our Small Scale Developer Boot Camp last year.

Third, starting with Tuesday, March 15th, we are going to hold a select number of T3s at the offices of Krongberg Wall Architects in Reynoldstown in order to better accommodate what we anticipate will be slightly larger crowds. Attendance at a KWA T3 will be capped at 100 people (vs. 50 people at Steel in Midtown). Pre-registration is much appreciated!

We are grateful for your attendance and continued support of CNU Atlanta. We hope these new T3 policies will enable us to serve the Atlanta New Urbanist community more effectively and efficiently in 2016.




The CNU Atlanta Board



Feb 122016

High Tech and High Reach: What does it take to effectively engage everyone from your local community to the city council?

Please join CNU Atlanta at Steel Restaurant & Lounge in Midtown next Thursday, Feb. 18th in welcoming Howard Lalli of HL Strategy. Howard is one of the country’s top communication experts on urban redevelopment working on some of Atlanta’s highest profile projects, including Atlantic Station, the Beltline, and Fort McPherson.

He’ll share his challenges and successes, how to use social media, and how you can never have too many community meetings!


Where: Steel Restaurant & Bar

When: Thursday February 18th, 5:30 – 7:00 PM

Contact: Atlanta@cnu.org

Cost: Free!

Jan 292016

Get ready! Get registered! #cbenola

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Rated by past attendees as “an exceptional value” with “a wealth of reliable information and implementable strategies,” the CityBuilding Exchange is a fast-paced program designed for community decision-makers.

The focus of the CityBuilding Exchange is on the fiscal and economic consequences of city-building options – development, transportation, parking, housing, retail, codes, vitality and nightlife management, new town center design for suburban areas, architecture and city identity.

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Early Registration for the March 10-11 CityBuilding Exchange ends on February 16th. Tickets are $395 ($495 after February 16th) and the speaker roster is excellent, including Joe Minicozzi and Andrés Duany. Check out the agenda here.

Dates: March 10-11

Location: Entrepreneurs Row, 220 Camp Street, 2nd Floor Ballroom
New Orleans, Louisiana

Registration: $395 until Feb. 16th, $495 after Feb. 16th.

Register now!

For more information on the CityBuilding Exchange, click here.

Jan 292016


Want to see what our friends at CNU Florida have been up to? Sign up now for the 2016 CNU Florida Summit in Seaside, Feb 18-19 to hear about various statewide transportation and development projects presented by State agency representatives, climate change response initiatives from different regions of the state, emerging greenways and trails, new publications by CNU Florida members, and many speakers including Atlanta’s own Ryan Gravel & CNU Founder Andrés Duany.

Early bird registration ends on February 1st, with rates for CNU member at $150 per ticket and $200 for non-member. After Feb. 1st, full-priced tickets will be $225 except for full-time faculty and students ($40). Click here to register. Click here to see accommodations in Seaside.

Dates: Thursday, February 18, 2016 at 1:00 PM Friday, February 19, 2016 at 6:00 PM (CST)

Location: Seaside – Assembly Hall Seaside, FL 32459

Contact: Anthea Gianniotes, cnuflorida@tcrpc.org, 772-221-4060


The Summit is two days packed with lectures, panels, and conversations, but there are other urbanist events occurring that week, too:

Seaside Institute Workshop
Tuesday and Wednesday February 16-17,
Dr. Toby Israel
Home Design Psychology: Design from Within (6 CEU credits)
Passerine Concert, David Brain on dobro
Thursday, February 18, 7:00pm
Topsail Hill Preserve State Park
Santa Rosa Beach, FL
Annual Seaside Prize Ceremonies (www.seasideinstitute.org)
Package Price for Friday Salon, Lecture, Seaside Prize Ceremony and Dinner:  $150.
Friday, February 19
5:00 PM to 7:00 PM
Seaside Salon – Gather with your friends for drinks and small bites.
$40 (Included with package only).
Seaside Academic Village Courtyard
Saturday, February 20
1:00 PM to 4:00 PM
Douglas Duany Lecture and Discussion: “The Design of Organic Urbanism:  Eight Steps and Three Concepts”
$50, 3 credit hours
Seaside Assembly Hall
5:00 PM to 6:30 PM
Seaside Prize Ceremony Honoring Douglas Duany
Presenters:  Andres Duany, Robert Davis, Peter Swift and Michael Lykoudis.
*Free and open to the public.*
Seaside Chapel
7:00 PM to 9:00 PM
Seaside Prize Ceremony Dinner
Seaside Assembly Hall
Sunday, February 21, 2016
10:00 AM to 12:00 PM
Seaside Landscape Tour with Douglas and his brother, Andres.
$40 Session (limited to 40), 2 credit hours
Meet in the Seaside Academic Village
Jan 292016

River_St_in_Savannah,_GeorgiaEverybody in Atlanta is talking urbanism lately, but we’re not the only ones in Georgia; down in Savannah, urbanism is the talk of the town, too.

As the first conference in the Savannah Urbanism series, “The Dollars and Sense of Urbanism” will explore how planning, design, and development patterns impact a community’s financial health. Choices in envisioning the future can help or hurt a community’s bottom line, in ways not often considered. As Savannah plans for future infrastructure and development, come be part of the conversation to discuss how to maximize the City’s own economic opportunity and quality of life.

Joe Minicozzi (Urban 3) and Chuck Marohn (Strong Towns) are both highly sought-after national speakers, taking on a range of urban design, planning, and policy issues in a frank and entertaining manner. At this event, they will challenge perceptions on the market forces and policies shaping our cities. In their own unique ways, these speakers will demonstrate why thoughtful planning matters, and how it benefits our everyday lives.

Waterfront Savannah Historic District at night

The Dollars and Sense of Urbanism is presented by Mopper Kelly Realtors & Savannah Development and Renewal Authority.

Date: Feb. 25th, 9 AM – 3 PM

Location: Savannah Station, 601 Cohen Street, Savannah, GA 31401

Registration: $40 or $25 for students

9:30-12:00: Speakers
12:00-1:00: Lunch
1:00-3:00: Q&A Session

Want a little preview of Chuck’s talk? Check out his podcast on Newtonian Economics from early January or Strong Towns’ series on The Growth Ponzi Scheme.

Jan 122016

Interested in the intersections of preservation and economic development? Wondering how the National Main Street Center has been successful here in Georgia?

As seen in Downtown Decatur.

As seen in Downtown Decatur.

Please join CNU Atlanta and Leigh Burns from the Georgia Main Street Program on January 21st at Steel Restaurant & Bar in Midtown Atlanta to learn more about the impact the Georgia Department of Community Affairs (DCA)’s 100+ programs statewide have on Georgia’s successful downtowns.

Leigh Burns is the Education and Outreach Coordinator at the Office of Downtown Development, Georgia Department of Community Affairs where she supports the success of more than one hundred Georgia Main Street Programs.  Before joining the Georgia Department of Community Affairs in 2014, Ms. Burns worked for numerous years with the Historic Preservation Division, Georgia Department of Natural Resources. Ms. Burns has fifteen years of historic preservation planning experience including internships with the National Park Service and the Historic Oakland Foundation. She received a Masters of Heritage Preservation Degree from Georgia State University in 2001 and has an undergraduate degree from the University of Georgia. In 2014, Ms. Burns was awarded an Award of Excellence from the Atlanta Urban Design Commission and she serves as a board member on both the Georgia Downtown Association and the Georgia Alliance of Preservation Commissions.

As usual, the program will run from 5:30 t0 7:00 PM with networking before and Q&A after the presentation, and light hors d’oeuvres will be served; however, you’ve got to get your own drink on. See you soon!


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Dec 222015
On behalf of the Board of CNU Atlanta, we would like to thank you for your support. If you’ve just joined CNU Atlanta, it’s great to have you; if you’ve been a member for a while now, we can’t thank you enough. We would like to give you a brief recap of what we, and some of our partner organizations, have been up to lately. Frankly, it has been quite a year: busy and productive.

At the beginning of the month, we hosted our 4th Annual–FOURTH– Winter Luncheon and we were honored to have Ryan Gravel exclusively speak to us about his latest and greatest projects: his book, Where We Want To Live, and his new firm Sixpitch. The event was sold out, filling The Shed at Glenwood Park with faces old and new. Thanks to all who joined us!

But just in the past week and a half, we’ve been spending more time in the community, co-hosting Atlanta Green Drinks’ “A Year In Green” party and talking to around 700 people, attending YPT Atlanta’s Holiday Party at Proof & Provision, and going to Southface’s wonderful Winter Solstice party. It is great to see so much activity and excitement around the tenets of New Urbanism in Atlanta.

Candler & Liza at Atlanta Green Drinks' "A YEAR IN GREEN" party.

Candler & Liza at Atlanta Green Drinks’ “A YEAR IN GREEN” party.

More than that though, 2015 was a big year for CNU Atlanta. We started the year off by taking a look at how Atlanta has changed since CNU 18. We had our first annual Summer Luncheon featuring Sally Flocks, President of PEDS; Jim Durrett, Executive Director of Buckhead CID; and Kevin Klinkenberg, author of Why I Walk: Taking a Step in the Right Direction. We had a full slate of monthly T3s (Thirsty Third Thursdays) held primarily at Steel in Midtown on a wide variety of topics. We hired Candler Vinson, our first Program Manager, who has helped expand CNU Atlanta’s reach and voice in Atlanta. We co-hosted an urban scavenger hunt with students from Georgia Tech and Emory’s Rollins School of Public Health in Downtown Decatur. With The Georgia Conservancy, Kronberg Wall Architects, and The Center for Civic Innovation, we hosted the Small Scale Developer Boot Camp with John Anderson and Jim Kumon, which saw tremendous turnout. And that’s not to mention any of our partners’ and friends’ events. It’s kind of been a whirlwind.

We wouldn’t have it any other way. We’re hard at work preparing for next year’s events and we want to hear from you: If you know of an event or an organization hosting events that we should know about, don’t hesitate to share it with us. We want to see the conversation in Atlanta around these principles, of better buildings and stronger neighborhoods, of more parks and less parking, of communities that are cool and connected, continue and grow. Again, thank you for your support and we look forward to seeing you next year.

The 2015-2016 CNU Atlanta General Fund Drive is underway!  Please donate to CNU Atlanta by clicking on the “Donate” button on the left side of our webpage or click here for more details.



Geoff Koski

President, CNU Atlanta