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Staff-AndresDuanyCongress for the New Urbanism (CNU) founder Andres Duany says the rising tide of bureaucracy and red tape prevents young builders and entrepreneurs from starting up small-scale development and business enterprises. These types of developments could, according to Duany, transform cities, towns and neighborhoods for the 21st Century and beyond.

Duany is coming to Atlanta to discuss his ideas on the next chapter in the New Urbanist movement that he calls “Lean Urbanism.”

Join the Atlanta chapter of CNU as we welcome Andres Duany on March 24 for a conversation about Lean Urbanism and how it could energize Atlanta.

WHEN: Monday, March 24, 2014
WHERE: All Saints Episcopal Church
TIME: One day event, 9:30 AM to 4:30 PM

Click HERE to register!

Local experts including East Atlanta Village and Little Five Points developer Don Bender,  local architect Eric Kronberg, and Gene Kansas of Atlanta’s Sidewalk Radio, and will offer their views in a panel discussion on the concept and ideas behind Lean Urbanism and how it can be applied in the Atlanta area.

Important  to Duany’s Lean Urbanism idea is his belief that the retail management science that was developed in the 20th Century with suburban regional malls in mind, forever changed how retail functions. Urban retail redevelopment cannot remerge at any scale without taking the new rules into account.


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Atlanta’s Little Five Points area may be one of the best examples of the Lean Urbanism approach in the nation: single story, “organic” but managed retail, financed at a local level. Don Bender (right) started assembling large parts of it in the 1970’s; and he is strategizing where to go next. He will share his thoughts with Duany and the crowd to assess how Lean Urbanism can impact the next wave of Atlanta redevelopment.

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Gene Kansas (left), hosts radio show Sidewalk Radio, which covers life in the modern city by exploring cultural and physical development through the lens of history, and in the context of community. He is also a commercial real estate broker and developer whose projects respect their surroundings and promote good urbanism.



Eric Kronberg (right) and the firm he co-founded, Kronberg Wall, work in in-town Atlanta, as well as New Orleans, providing urban design solutions that are both community and site sensitive. Kronberg is currently working on the mixed-use redevelopment proposed for a small piece of land owned by Poncey-Highland’s historic Druid Hills Baptist Church.


More participants are expected to be added to the March 24 Lean Urbanism program.

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