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Spreading ideals of new urbanism

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DJC Oregon website screenshot!The Congress for the New Urbanism prepares to open a Cascadia chapter, including a branch in Portland.

It’s become clear that the Pacific Northwest is leading the way in sustainable building design and urban planning in the U.S. Now an advocacy and education organization, the Congress for the New Urbanism, has taken notice and intends to get involved.

The Chicago-based organization will soon open a regional “Cascadia” chapter, with branches in Portland, Seattle and Vancouver, B.C.

The 20-year-old CNU works to promote and facilitate the tenets of new urbanism. For the built environment, this means constructing walkable cities with ample green space and public transportation. “A lot of people in the Northwest are transplants from elsewhere, so we thought we’d come here and expand ourselves as well,” CNU spokesperson Lauren Hauck said.

With the formation of the organization’s Cascadia chapter, Hauck said the short-term goals of the CNU include getting developers, architects and city planners to become members, and getting government officials to institute new urbanism concepts. [Read full article]

Tyler Graf,

DJC Oregon - September 30, 2008

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