MILWAUKEE – John
Norquist, the former mayor of Milwaukee, is stepping down as
president of the Congress for the New Urbanism next year.
Norquist’s CNU presidency will end after the group’s 22nd annual
congress in Buffalo, N.Y., in June. According to a CNU
statement, he has been critical to maintaining and strengthening
"One of John's great contributions has been to bring together
people of all political stripes to understand that walkable
communities are good for everyone," said Ellen Dunham-Jones,
CNU's board chair. "He has put the organization's emphasis from
being theoretical to action-oriented, advocating on behalf of
CNU's great initiatives like urban highway removal, design for
healthy neighborhoods and changing federal policies that limit
According to the statement, one of CNU’s major accomplishments
during Norquist’s tenure was its partnership with the Institute
of Transportation Engineers, which resulted in a new paradigm
for street design.
"After working full-time for more than 40 years, I look forward
to having time to write and teach,” Norquist said.
The CNU Board has formed a search committee to select a
successor, and hopes to announce the new president in the spring
Norquist served as Milwaukee mayor from 1988 to 2004.