In May 2018, the City of Savannah was the host for the 26th annual Congress for the New Urbanism (CNU) national conference. This event drew influential planners, urbanists, developers and other practitioners from around the country and around the world. Following tradition, before the conference two teams of national urban design experts to led public design workshops in two locations in the city, acting in partnership with local leaders and advocates for East Savannah and Southside. These "legacy projects" culminated in detailed reports with recommendations, linked below:
Experts and local partners led efforts to protect historic resources and community character in the face of mounting development pressures, as well as articulating a shared design vision and strategy for the community.
The City, local residents, and community stakeholders partnered with national firm David M. Schwarz Architects to create a long-term vision to establish a vibrant, sustainable, mixed-use and walkable hub on the City’s Southside, with opportunities for education, housing, jobs, entertainment, and access to multiple modes of transportation.