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    Climbers' CornerTree Academy

    The Urban Forest: Adding Value to Cities


    Tree lined neighborhood streets are not just beautiful. They add value to adjacent property and improve the quality of life enjoyed by citizens. Installing urban canopy requires the skills of both the forester and the planner. John Norquist, John M DeGrove Fellow at Florida Atlantic University and former Mayor of Milwaukee (1988-2004) discusses the art of greening the city.


    John Norquist served as Mayor of Milwaukee from 1988-­‐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 oversaw 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. Named a Governing Magazine Public Official of the Year during his tenure,Norquist also received widespread recognition for championing the removal of a .8-­‐mile stretch of elevated freeway. In

    2008, he received the prestigious Bacon Prize from the Philadelphia Center for Architecture. 


    Norquist is the author of The Wealth of Cities: Revitalizing the Centers of City Life. The

    book argues that cities have natural advantages that have been undermined by a

    half-­‐century of ill-­‐conceived housing, education, transportation, crime, welfare, and

    e nvironmental policies.  


    Af ter his mayorship, Norquist took the helm of the Congress for the New Urbanism,

    the leading organization promoting walkable,mixed-­‐use neighborhood development, sustainable communities and healthier living conditions. He spoke often and eloquently about the regulatory obstacles that continue to get in the way of good urbanism.BuildingonhisexperiencetakingdowntheParkEastFreewayin Milwaukee, he championed a national CNU campaign that has helped advocates and local officials in their own highway teardown movements. Norquist led CNU from

    2004 to 2014.


    Previously, Norquist taught courses in urban policy and planning at the University

    of Chicago, the University of Wisconsin-­‐Milwaukee School of Architecture and Urban Planning, and at Marquette University.  He earned a B.A. and M.A. at the University

    of Wisconsin and served in the U.S. Army Reserves from 1971 to 1977.


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