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2018-10-10 / Front Page

Town hosting Congress for the New Urbanism

The Town of Amherst is hosting the New York Chapter of Congress for the New Urbanism for a conference on Oct. 12 and 13.

According to the Town of Amherst supervisor’s office, CNU New York is the Jane Jacobs chapter of the Congress for the New Urbanism, which promotes the creation and preservation of walkable, sustainable and beautiful neighborhoods, towns and cities.

The conference theme will be “Reimagining the Suburbs,” with topics that allow participants to explore creative solutions and new ideas for land use, zoning, infrastructure, and other public improvements in specific areas of the Town of Amherst.

The event kicks off on Friday, Oct. 12, with a breakfast and guest speakers, followed by bus tours of key Amherst sites, including Niagara Falls Boulevard, University at Buffalo, the John James Audubon area and Boulevard Mall.

Keynote speakers Howard Zemsky, president and CEO of Empire State Development Corp., and author James H. Kunstler will end the first day with an evening reception. Day two will be highlighted by group charrettes, with attendees discussing areas of Amherst seen on the bus tours and discussing innovative ways to resolve growth and development concerns and define potential solutions.

Additionally, a CNU bus tour will end the day visiting sites around the city impacted by the National Congress for the New Urbanism conference that was held in Buffalo in 2014, CNU 22. This will provide an opportunity to examine the positive change brought about by the suggestions of the CNU 22 participants.

Targeted attendees for this event include planners, architects, local officials, developers and others interested in better civic spaces.

For more information or to register for the event, visit www.cnunewyork.org.

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