From Mary Vogel, the PlanGreen and Advocacy and Alliances Chair for the Cascadia chapter of the Congress for New Urbanism:
With a theme of Placemaking’s Role in Sustainability, the CNU Cascadia 2011 Summit will put a great deal of focus on the transit-oriented development along the currently operating Portland Streetcar. Expect some world-class critiques of streetscapes, structures and their intersection in various neighborhoods as participants strive to define great placemaking.
Kay Dannen of Portland Streetcar will be joining us for the SW Portland Streetcar tour. And I’m going to ask a few activist neighbors I know in my downtown neighborhood to be available to speak to us too. A representative from Gerding Edlen may join us for the Brewery Blocks portion of the NW tour–and maybe a NW activist or two as well.
Since it’s inception, the Congress for the New Urbanism has created walkable neighborhoods with a strong sense of place. Since we see streets as the major part of the public realm, transportation is critical in New Urbanist design. We’re excited to have one of our thought leaders, Steve Mouzon share his views along with authors Kingston Heath & Ross Chapin. All three will join us for discussion on the Placemaking theme as well. Mini-presentations by CNU members will focus on their recent work.
The first Streetcar tour starts outside the NW corner of Powell’s at 5 PM, Friday, March 25. We’ll re-group for a reception with Steve Mouzon at 7 PM at the AIA Center for Architecture at NW 11th and Flanders. Please join us as we are open to all disciplines dealing with transportation and the built environment–including community activists. The fee is only $35, complimentary to media.