Salt Lake City

Mayor Joins Sustainability Leader for Preview of CNU 21 Event in Salt Lake City


February 10, 2013
Contact: Art Raymond

Mayor Joins Sustainability Leader for Preview of CNU 21 Event in Salt Lake City
SALT LAKE CITY – Mayor Ralph Becker will join Congress for the New Urbanism (CNU) President John Norquist at a media event on Monday, Feb. 11 at 10 a.m. in the Mayor’s Conference Room, Room 306 of the Salt Lake City & County Building, 451 S. State Street to preview and discuss the upcoming CNU 21 conference in Salt Lake City.

The CNU is a leading, national organization promoting walkable, mixed-use neighborhood development, sustainable communities and healthier living conditions. For nearly 20 years, CNU and its members have worked to promote the hallmarks of New Urbanism, including:

    •      Livable streets arranged in compact, walkable blocks
    •      A range of housing choices to serve people of diverse ages and income levels
    •      Schools, stores and other nearby destinations reachable by walking, bicycling or public transit
    •      An affirming, human-scale public realm where appropriately designed buildings define and enliven streets and other public spaces

“CNU’s commitment to sustainable communities and an inclusive, multi-disciplinary approach to urban design and planning is a visionary effort,” said Mayor Becker. “It’s a coup for our City to be playing host to their upcoming CNU 21 conference and I look forward to an exciting and enlightening event.”

CNU 21 will include the nation’s top designers, developers, planners, architects and advocates of mixed-use neighborhoods in a congress focused on the theme of “Living Community.” Organizers define the concept as an approach that “balances the demands of physical, social, economic and environmental values by connecting people to place and awakening in us a stewardship for our land and each other. Stewardship is tangible. It is measured by how well we care for the people around us, the places we make and the land that hosts us. It is Living Community.” More information on the event can be found at

John Norquist served as mayor of Milwaukee from 1988-2004. Under his leadership, Milwaukee experienced a decline in poverty, saw a boom in new downtown housing, and became a leading center of education and welfare reform. He oversaw a revision of the city's zoning code and reoriented development around walkable streets and public amenities such as the city's 3.1-mile Riverwalk. Named a Governing Magazine Public Official of the Year during his tenure, Norquist also received widespread recognition for championing the removal of a .8 mile stretch of elevated freeway. In 2008, he received the Bacon Prize, named for visionary Philadelphia planner Ed Bacon.

EVENT:                   Congress for the New Urbanism, CNU 21 Event Preview and Q&A
WHO:                       Salt Lake City Mayor Ralph Becker
                                CNU President John Norquist
WHEN:                    Monday, Feb. 11
                                10 a.m.
WHERE:                 Salt Lake City & County Building
                               Mayor’s Conference Room, Room 306
                               451 S. State Street