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The Midwestern Chapter of the Congress for the New Urbanism

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CNU Midwest is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization that relies on donations to work in our communities across the Midwest. If you're interested in supporting CNU Midwest's efforts, please consider making a donation via this PayPal link.

JOINING FORCES FOR THE MIDWEST

CNU MIDWEST AND CNU ILLINOIS ARE JOINING FORCES

CNU Midwest, the regional chapter of the Congress for the New Urbanism (CNU) serving all or parts of Ohio, Indiana, Kentucky, Pennsylvania, Illinois and Missouri, and West Virginia today announced it intends to merge with CNU IL. Both chapters operate as nonprofit organizations that serve to further the mission of the Congress and tackle the unique challenges facing their communities. As a result of this unification, a new CNU Chicago subchapter will emerge to provide focused events, opportunities, and activities in the Windy City.

“Both organizations are eager to join forces and begin collaborating with one another to support the places and people we love across the Midwest. We would like to welcome CNU IL’s members under the CNU Midwest umbrella and look forward to the many opportunities that lie ahead,” said Dan Baisden, CNU Midwest Chair. “CNU IL nearly doubles our membership and capacity to support Midwestern urbanists and further the mission of CNU across the region. We are thrilled to collaborate with CNU IL’s talented team of leaders and volunteers and excited to share our resources with their members.”

Both CNU Midwest and CNU IL board members voted unanimously in favor of the merger early in 2022. The organizations have been in the process of due diligence since February and a formal merger is expected to take place at the July at CNU Midwest Annual Meeting.

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Our Mission

ABOUT CNU MIDWEST

The American Midwest sits at the intersection of great places and great people. From the Great Lakes to the rivers, to the cornfields of Indiana and the foothills of Appalachia, the Midwest has consistently defined the heart of Americana. With its rich and human-scaled urban legacy, affordable cost of living, and access to critical resources, Midwestern cities and towns represent one of the greatest opportunities to pursue the next frontiers of the New Urbanism.

 

CNU Midwest is the regional chapter of the Congress for the New Urbanism (CNU) serving the states and cities that border the Ohio River and beyond—the nation's first corridor of westward expansion. Once the home of the industrial revolution, Midwestern towns and cities are well-positioned to grow in our current urban renaissance. As a leading voice in this renaissance, CNU Midwest is a diverse group of professionals dedicated to promoting the value that results from great placemaking through traditional and new approaches to:

 

  1. Reclaiming public space for people,

  2. Reactivating and reconnecting neighborhoods as the vibrant building block of towns and cities, and

  3. Championing urban development that is enduring, adaptable, and human-scaled.


The ultimate goal is the reimagining and repopulation of our urban cores and inner-ring neighborhoods. Starting at the level of the street and continuing up through the neighborhood, town, city, and region, we encourage the development of great, equitable, urban places where all people can enjoy all aspects of daily life.

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"PEOPLE MAKE CITIES, AND IT IS TO THEM, NOT BUILDINGS THAT WE MUST FIT OUR PLANS."

-Jane Jacobs

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