Chuck Marohn is participating in two events at the Congress for the New Urbanism (CNU) in Seattle. Both events are free and open to the public (i.e. you do not need to be a CNU attendee to participate.) We also have a recommended session for Strong Towns members to attend on May 5 at CNU.
May 4: Beers with Engineers
Time: 4:30pm - 6:00pm
Location: GGLO Space at the Steps (1301 First Ave, Suite 301 )
To commemorate Congress for New Urbanism 25, Project for Public Spaces invites you to attend our third round of Beers with Engineers, co-hosted by Strong Towns. This time around we will be toasting engineer’s role in New Urbanism.
Join us for a wide-ranging panel discussion about improving our streets and our communities, including designing bike lanes, calming traffic, planning for self-driving cars, fostering equity in transportation and the engineering profession, navigating your transportation department, and more.
Our forum is intended to help forge a relationship between your local transportation engineer and the interested public.
Attendance is free, but registration is required for this event.
Recommended Session - May 5: "You CAN Finance New Urban!"
Time: 12:45 PM - 2:00 PM
Location: Simons Board Room / Seattle Art Museum
CNU began an Initiative on mixed use finance years ago. This session will feature a presentation by Ben Schweitzer from Freddie Mac. Freddie's "Small Balance Loan Program" is a close match to what the Initiative sought. It offers long-term finance for projects with up to 40% non-residential use (and up to 49% in some situations, e.g. if rents are affordable). The loan caps were recently raised by 50% for high-cost markets (to $7.5 million) and 100% (to $6 million) elsewhere. Yes, Virginia, New Urbanism CAN be financed!
Speakers: Ben Schweitzer, Underwriting Director, Freddie Mac Multifamily / Richard L. Oram, Chairman, Fund for the Environment and Urban Life
May 5: Strong Towns Debates
Time: 8:00pm - 9:30pm
Location: 1927 Events (1927 3rd Ave, Seattle)
Strong Towns makes its annual appearance at the Congress for the New Urbanism with a series of lively and interactive debates. Loud music: check. Audience voting: check. Snarky panel: check. Oh, and beer. A hardcore mashup of Oxford Debating meets American Idol.
The two topics to be debated are:
Proposal #1: In 2017, the United States will benefit from a $1 trillion surge in infrastructure spending.
Proposal #2: Smart Growth is the same thing as New Urbanism and New Urbanism is the same thing as Smart Growth.
Match-ups and judges to be announced soon.
(Top image from CNU)