LONGLEAF WALKABOUT – October 8, 2015

Longleaf1Frank StarkeyThursday, October 8th, 2015
6:15 – 8:00 PM
Longleaf, Pasco County
(3104 Town Ave New Port Richey, FL 34655)

Join us on Thursday, October 8 from 6:15PM to 8:00PM as we take a trip to the north to visit the new urbanist development of Longleaf in Pasco County. We will walk the streets of Longleaf and we will hear from Frank Starkey, cofounder of Longleaf (with his brother Trey Starkey) who was responsible for its planning and urbanism. Members of Longleaf Design Build will discuss recent developments and there will be an opportunity to see a model home.The walk will begin at 6:30PM from Lonzalo’s Pizzeria in Downtown Longleaf. With suburban growth in Pasco County rebounding recently especially along SR 54/56 (as well as in other surrounding Tampa Bay communities) the visit will allow us to discuss Longleaf in the context of lessons learned as well as the future of suburban development. To encourage ridesharing, please contact us at cnutampabay@gmail.com if a ride is needed.

Following the walk, please join us as appetizers will be provided at the barside of Lonzalo’s Pizzeria.

RSVP on our Facebook page.

Hope to see you there!

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An Evening with Jeff Speck in Downtown Tampa

CoverSJeffbyMichaelBrandsBased in Boston, MA, Jeff Speck is a city planner at the forefront of the movement to reinvent America’s downtowns and build more walkable urban places. Please join us for a lecture, book signing and reception with Jeff in beautiful Downtown Tampa.

Lecture by: Jeff Speck Author of Walkable City and co-author of Suburban Nation

Date: Monday, June 29, 2015

Time: 6:00 PM – 9:00 PM

Event Schedule:
6:00 PM – 6:30 PM – Doors Open
6:30 PM – 7:30 PM – Lecture
7:30 PM – 9:00 PM – Reception & Book Signing

Venue: The Oxford Exchange (420 W Kennedy Blvd Tampa, FL 33606)

For more information about the event and to register click Here.

Presented by: University of South Florida LIVEMOVE Student Group APA-FL, Sun Coast Section  (1.00 CM Pending) Tampa Bay Group of the Florida Chapter, Congress for the New Urbanism The Oxford Exchange

Jeff Speck, AICP, CNU-A, LEED-AP, HON ASLA Principal, Speck & Associates LLC Jeff Speck is a city planner and urban designer who advocates internationally for more walkable cities.  As Director of Design at the National Endowment for the Arts from 2003 through 2007, he presided over the Mayors’ Institute on City Design and created the Governors’ Institute on Community Design.  Prior to his federal appointment, Mr. Speck spent ten years as Director of Town Planning at DPZ & Co., the principal firm behind the New Urbanism movement. Since 2007, he has led Speck & Associates, a boutique planning firm that specializes in making American downtowns thrive. With Andres Duany and Elizabeth Plater-Zyberk, Mr. Speck is the co-author of The Smart-Growth Manual and the “modern classic” Suburban Nation, which the Wall Street Journal calls “the urbanist’s bible.”  His latest book, Walkable City–which the Christian Science Monitor calls “timely and important, a delightful, insightful, irreverent work” –was the best selling city-planning book of 2013-14. We hope to see you there!

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CNU Tampa Bay’s first BikeAbout – May 7, 2015‏

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Join us Thursday, May 7< sup>th from 6:00 to 8:00PM as we bike along the Riverwalk and learn more about efforts to make Downtown Tampa a more walkable and bike-friendly place.  At stops along the ride, we will meet leaders from Coast Bike Share, Friends of the Riverwalk, the Tampa Downtown Partnership, Tampa Heights Neighborhood Association, and others.

The ride starts promptly at 6:00PM at the Coast Bike Share Station in Curtis Hixon Park.  If you plan to use a Coast bike, please make arrangements in advance. Visit Coast Bike Share to sign up and reserve your bike.

After the ride, stick around to enjoy live music, food, and refreshments at Rock the Park in Curtis Hixon Park.

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Meet & Greet: Jim Kumon – Executive Director, Strong Towns

urlrCQcAlpJ_400x400We’re thrilled to announce that CNU Tampa Bay is hosting a meet and greet with Jim Kumon, Executive Director of Strong Towns. If you’ve never heard Jim or Chuck Marohn speak, please visit their website: www.strongtowns.org. Their message is that we can create wealth and get a return on our investment of public funds if we follow traditional development patterns with streets that have not been over-engineered and that are inexpensive to build and maintain. You can also follow Strong Towns on Facebook and Twitter @strongtowns.

Please join us on Friday, February 27th at 5:30 p.m. We are meeting at Buddy Brew at 2020 West Kennedy Boulevard. They now serve beer and wine in addition to coffee.

Please RSVP to Catherine Hartley at hartleyc@hillsboroughcounty.org if you’re joining us. We hope to see you there!

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BETTER BLOCK EVENT @ N. Franklin St., Tampa Heights


Fellow Urbanists!

The Tampa Heights Civic Association, with a little help from CNU-Tampa Bay members, is holding a grassroots tactical urbanism/better block event this Saturday from 10 a.m. until 3 p.m. The Heights is a hot neighborhood right now, but North Franklin Street from the Interstate North to Palm Avenue is in need of a little urban intervention.

The Better Block Event is a follow up event to a Summer 2014 Workshop organized by CNU Tampa Bay and Tampa Heights Civic Association. The concept will further explore the possibilities of what North Franklin Street can become.

The event will take place on North Franklin from Kay Street (Café Hey) to roughly 7th Avenue.

CNU Tampa Bay is hosting one of the parklets (let’s play cornhole!). Please come Saturday to enjoy food, local craft beer, music, art, play games (thank you, Urban Conga!) and chat with folks who believe in grassroots planning.

Where: North Franklin from Kay Street (Café Hey) to roughly 7th Avenue

When: January 10th from 10:00a.m to 3:00p.m

We hope to see you there!

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Tactical Urbanism: Short term action, long term change

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And the winner is…Urbanism on Tap!

Members of CNU Tampa Bay and the Urban Charrette (left to right): Steve Schukraft, Vinod Kadu, Erin Chantry, Gui de Almeida, Ali Ankudowich, Evan Johnson, and Stephen  Benson

Members of CNU Tampa Bay and the Urban Charrette (left to right): Steve Schukraft, Vinod Kadu, Erin Chantry, Gui de Almeida, Ali Ankudowich, Evan Johnson, and Stephen Benson

We are thrilled to announce that Urbanism on Tap has won the 2014 Award of Excellence from the Sun Coast Section of the Florida Chapter of the American Planning Association. This award recognizes an organization, initiative, urban planning process or project which is unique and revolutionary within the Tampa Bay Region. Urbanism on Tap was highlighted as an innovative concept that supports participatory planning principles and demonstrates excellence in the planning profession. If you haven’t yet experienced Urbanism on Tap – the program combines outreach, networking, and education into a unique series of events. Urbanism on Tap provides participants with an opportunity to engage in constructive informal conversations about current issues shaping the community. Events are held at neighborhood gathering places – not public institutions – usually a bar or pub that is family friendly. Both locals and professionals are welcome where a free exchange of knowledge and experiences is encouraged. The goal is to raise grassroots awareness and provide an opportunity for the average person to explore and engage with issues shaping their urban environment.  CNU Tampa Bay members and representatives from the Urban Charrette jointly accepted the award at an awards reception on November 21 at the Tampa Museum of Art.

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CNU Tampa Bay’s Holiday Party @ The Canopy in St. Pete

2CNU Tampa Bay’s Holiday Party @ The Canopy in St. Pete

Celebrate the holidays with fellow new urbanists and friends at CNU Tampa Bay’s Holiday Party at the Canopy on Beach Drive in Downtown St. Petersburg. Join us the evening of December 6th to share some excellent company, an amazing view, a hearty selection of hors d’oeuvres, and a round of complimentary drinks for the first 25 followed by a cash bar.

Where: The Canopy Cabanas at the Birchwood, 340 Beach Drive, NE in Downtown St. Petersburg

When: December 6th from 6:00 to 8:00pm



Happy Holidays!

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