A summary of last week's events in Seattle: CNU 25 and ULI, written by Hazel Borys.
"Last week was the 25th annual Congress for the New Urbanism, where 1,400 city planners, architects, developers, economists, and mayors from around the world gathered to discuss the future of cities. Hosted in collaboration with the Urban Land Institute, comprised of an additional 6,000 developers and builders, the two events brought significant inspiration and insight to those working in the city building trenches. Here are a few of the ideas that resonated the most with me, along with some of my favourite spots in downtown Seattle, where the “unboxed” conferences were held."
"A fireside chat with Joe Biden opened the events, where liberals and conservatives alike found resonance with his message calling for strength and compassion. While it may be proper to question one another’s judgement, Joe wanted to make it clear that it is never proper to question one another’s motives. He reminded us a civilized society rests on compassion."
Borys provides highlights on the subjects of City Planning Essentials, Equity and Gentrification, Poverty and its Implications, Historic Preservation, Transit, Project for Code Reform, and then asks Where Do We Go From Here? She ends with a list of her favorite urbanist Tweeps and gratis registration to a selection of Placemaking@Work webinars.
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