This week I am headed to West Palm Beach for CNU 20, the 20th gathering of the Congress for the New Urbanism. There has been so much for me to do to get ready this year, I'm going to depart from my normal Monday post and instead share with you the NextGen schedule.

NextGen -- the Next Generation of New Urbanists -- runs a one day congress on Wednesday that is an incredible time. Not only are there some provocative speakers, but there is ample time for breaking things down in open source sessions. If you've ever wanted to meet me or some of the great thinkers in NextGen like Mike Lydon, Jennifer Krouse, Eliza Harris, Will Dowdy, Russ Preston and many more, NextGen is not only the place to do that, but we go far beyond just meeting.

My presentation is going to be on the process we are using to put together our next major Strong Towns report, Misunderstanding Mobility. But know, my presentation is short. What is not short is the time set aside to discuss the project, get feedback, develop task lists and get volunteers to help us with this effort and many others. You see, NextGen is not another conference where you sit and listen to so-called "experts" tell you what you already know. NextGen is about making things happen.

The next generation of planning, the next generation of collaboration, the next generation of doing business, the next generation of getting things done is all what NextGen is about. You don't have to be young, new, unaffiliated or have any special expertise to be part of NextGen. All you need is a passion to want to make change and the courage to step up and let others know your vision.

Our project will be one of many presented, but if you have your own initiative, please bring it forward at NextGen. I can almost guarantee there will be others there with a similar passion that will want to work with you to see it through.

NextGen is this Wednesday. I'll be live blogging throughout for those of you that can't make it, but if you're there, be sure and introduce yourself. If you want to volunteer to assist with our project, even though you can't be there, just email me at and I'll get back to you.

Here's the complete schedule. For more information and for the latest updates, head over to the NextGen website.


NextGen9: A Congress Within The Congress

Wednesday, May 9


9:00-9:15 - Welcome: What's Next? - Will Dowdy

9:15-9:40 - Spotlight on Initiatives

9:40-10:05 - Reprise of AuthentiCity: Madison

  • Woonerf: A Neighborhood of Living Streets (2011 AuthentiCity Winner) - Eliza Harris
  • Critique

10:05-10:15 - Braddock - Atul Sharma & Joe Nickol


10:30-10:55 - How Urban Design Affects Property Values - Andrew Burleson

10:55-11:05 - TBD

11:05-11:25 - A Business Model Experiment: How to Deliver New Urbanism in the City - Russ Preston

11:25-11:35 - Code for the People - Ian Ross

11:35-11:55 - Urban Neighborhoods Are 95% Small Buildings, and Other Deep Thoughts from 2 Years of - Andrew Frey




1:30-1:45  - Introduction to Open Source

1:45-2:30  - Open Source - 1st Session


2:45-2:55  - Braddock II - Atul & Joe

2:45-3:30  - Open Source - 2nd Session


4:00-4:45  - Open Source Presentations

4:50-5:00  - I'm Married to a New Urbanist - Michelle Erfurt


Evening - NextGen Bar Tour - Click Here for Google Map

  • 7:00-8:00 - O'Sheas Irish Pub
  • 8:00-9:00 - Roxy's Pub
  • 9:00-10:00 - Gratify
  • 10:00-11:00 - ER Bradleys
  • 11:00-12:00 - Rocco's Tequila Bar