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John Norquist

John Norquist's work promoting New Urbanism as an antidote to sprawl’s social and environmental problems draws on his experience as big-city mayor and prominent participant in national discussions on urban design and school reform. Norquist was the mayor of Milwaukee from 1988 to 2004. Under his leadership, Milwaukee experienced a decline in poverty, saw a boom in new downtown housing, and became a leading center of education and welfare reform. He has overseen a revision of the city's zoning code and reoriented development around walkable streets and public amenities such as the city's 3.1-mile Riverwalk. He is the author of The Wealth of Cities and has taught courses in urban planning and development at the University of Chicago, Marquette University, and the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee’s School of Architecture and Urban Planning.

John Norquist's Posts

Vision 2020: The Return of Main Street, U.S.A. Vision 2020: The Return of Main Street, U.S.A.

By 2020, we will see the return of mixed-use, walkable neighborhoods and developments. But we have a lot of red tape to clear first. Read more

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Why You Should Care About Walkable, Mixed-Use Devleopments Why You Should Care About Walkable, Mixed-Use Devleopments

In the fourth webinar of our Vision 2020 series, John Norquist, CEO of the Congress for the New Urbanism examines the past, present, and future of sustainable communities. Read more

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VIDEO: Why the Resurgence of Walkable Main Streets is Essential VIDEO: Why the Resurgence of Walkable Main Streets is Essential

John Norquist, CEO of the Congress for the New Urbanism, explores what happened to Main Street, USA and why should it come back. Read more

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Will Lighter Codes Spur Innovative Development? Will Lighter Codes Spur Innovative Development?

Current codes are too full of red tape to foster innovation housing and building. Are pink codes the solution? Why some say yes and others say not so fast. Read more

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Mid-Rise Mixed-Use Development Revitalizes Neighborhoods Mid-Rise Mixed-Use Development Revitalizes Neighborhoods

Federal changes to support mid-rise, mixed-use developments would deliver both environmental and public benefits. Read more

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