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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.

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Eleven Principles for Places Recovering from Disinvestment

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September 27, 2022

Steve Mouzon, Principal, Mouzon Design

Atlanta's Cabbagetown neighborhood serves as an example of how cities can revitalize those places in their communities that have experienced serious disinvestment. The key? Remain true to the character of the place.

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Restoring a Lost Square

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August 26, 2022

Robert Steuteville, Congress for the New Urbanism

What can be done when a historic courthouse town has been robbed of its square? In Clarkesville, GA, input from public officials, citizens, and business owners has resulted in a 75-acre plan to restore the town's public space. 

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Building the Beloved Community in Atlanta

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July 29, 2022

Robert Steuteville, Congress for the New Urbanism

In Martin Luther King Jr.’s home of Westside Atlanta, a nonprofit is partnering with the city and public and private organizations to transform disadvantaged neighborhoods using a new urban design plan.

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Receiver Places: Planning for Climate Migration

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May 31, 2022

Robert Steuteville, Congress for the New Urbanism

Receiver places, a term coined by urbanists for communities likely to gain migrants as climate problems grow, refers to not just physical places but also a process of preparing for change.

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Shift to the Suburbs Not Your Grandfather’s Sprawl

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April 5, 2022

Robert Steuteville, Congress for the New Urbanism

Core cities are losing population to the suburbs, but the 2020s will not repeat the last half of the 20th Century. The suburbs are bound to urbanize.

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Five Keys to a Successful Master Plan

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February 14, 2022

Robert Steuteville, Congress for the New Urbanism

Macon has been transformed by the Master Plan for Beall’s Hill, which helped tear down the walls between Mercer University and a disadvantaged neighborhood.

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Pre-approved Accessory Units Streamline Small-scale Infill

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January 19, 2022

Robert Steuteville, Congress for the New Urbanism

The idea of a municipality offering pre-approved plans for small-scale infill development offers potential for revitalization of communities of all sizes.

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Community Design Answer to Homelessness

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December 6, 2021

Robert Steuteville, Congress for the New Urbanism

An architect makes the case for little cottages, grouped in a village form, as a way to address homelessness.

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Street Trees: A Wonder of Climate Adaptation

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November 8, 2021

Robert Steuteville, Congress for the New Urbanism

Street trees have many benefits, but their climate impact is becoming more important all the time.

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New Urban Opportunity: Alleys, Mews, and Accessory Units

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October 19, 2021

Robert Steuteville, Congress for the New Urbanism

The unsung alley has the potential to create an intimate American urbanism, it just needs a little attention from urban designers.

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Ten Political Benefits of Walkable Places

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September 20, 2021

Robert Steuteville, Congress for the New Urbanism

Supporting walkable communities relates to leadership, urban governance, sustainable development, and planning opportunities. Physical design—the architecture of community—doesn’t come close to solving all problems. But it is the cornerstone of a lasting legacy that political leaders may bestow on a municipality.

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Ten Social Benefits of Walkable Places

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August 24, 2021

Robert Steuteville, Congress for the New Urbanism

We shape our cities and then they shape us.

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A New Model for Continuing Care

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July 27, 2021

Robert Steuteville, Congress for the New Urbanism

As Baby Boomers enter the market for retirement communities, they are demanding different models from the typical facilities of today, where the most prominent public feature is often a parking lot behind a gated entry.

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Tactical Urbanism Comes of Age

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June 29, 2021

One clear lesson from the pandemic: Experimentation with streets may yield tremendous benefits with less downside than previously thought.

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‘Green Streets,’ Gentle Density in a New Studio Town

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May 14, 2021

Robert Steuteville, Congress for the New Urbanism

Trilith in Fayetteville, Georgia, is built around the idea that well-designed public space contributes to individual happiness and community well-being.

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