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Louisville picked to host Congress for the New Urbanism in 2019

Chance to showcase city

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (March 31, 2017) — Louisville has been chosen to host the 27th annual Congress for the New Urbanism (CNU), an international place-making conference, in the spring of 2019. The event will bring more than 1,500 attendees—including urban planners, architects and landscape architects, environmental consultants, engineers and real estate developers—to Louisville from across the country and the world.

“The arrival of the Congress for New Urbanism could not come at a better time for Louisville,” Mayor Greg Fischer said. “Many of the country’s most innovative and creative urban experts will be in our city and they can witness the renaissance happening across our neighborhoods while contributing their talents to areas of our city needing more attention.”

Each year, CNU members work with the host city to organize and to execute two to four Congress Legacy Projects which identify crucial roadblocks, engage local residents in visioning, and generate top-of-the-line design and placemaking strategies. Through multi-day workshops, CNU members engage with city officials, business owners, developers, neighborhood leaders, and members of the public to form a plan to enhance a corridor, section of a neighborhood, or other land use challenges chosen by the city’s host committee.

“Hosting CNU 27 is both an honor and a remarkable opportunity for Louisville,” Host Committee Chair David Tomes said. “Our city will have the chance to showcase New Urbanist neighborhoods like Norton Commons and Liberty Green, as well as dynamic redevelopment initiatives like Russell, Portland, NuLu, and SoBro, while also focusing worldwide attention on iconic places such as the Cherokee Triangle and Old Louisville. Most important, the visiting leaders of CNU will offer practical proposals to improve the livability of this city we love.”

Louisville’s host committee includes over 100 public officials, community leaders, academics and representatives from the planning and urban design industries.