Partners for a Liveable Western New York is an organization of planning and development professionals aligned with the principles of New Urbanism. The group not only advocates for these principles, and smart growth, but also assists neighborhoods
and communities by letting them tap into PFLWNY expertise. Since moving to WNY, I've participated in planning walkthroughs the group has conducted, in conjunction with local stakeholders, in Youngstown, Clarence Center, and Perry (pictured).
This from George Grasser:
We did it!
After our presentation on Friday in Chicago to the Board of Directors of Congress for the New Urbanism, Buffalo has been awarded the CNU annual conference for 2014 (first week in June).
I was joined in the presentation by Bill Tuyn of our board and Lori White of the Buffalo Niagara Convention and Visitors Bureau. Bill and Lori did a terrific job -- Bill with a powerpoint presentation directed to the CNU guidelines for host cities, and Lori with a complete package of written materials (hotels, etc.) We were able to answer all of the questions raised by CNU board members. We also used a portion of the film John Paget [who won a CNU award in 2009] prepared for the National Trust conference to be held in Buffalo this coming October.
Our hard work paid off. I was told our presentation generated unprecedented enthusiasm, especially from CNU board members who had not been to Buffalo, and from CNU staff members who work on the CNU Congresses.
We have a lot of work ahead of us to prepare for what may be the largest 4-5 day educational conference Buffalo has hosted in recent times, but it will a great experience for us -- and for all of Western New York!
Congratulations to PFLWNY and the CVB on this win for Buffalo! To new urbanists everywhere: Buffalo will be "CNU" in 2014!