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CNU NextGen’s free events for Saturday

Every day this week, Buffalo Rising ha featured the day’s free, open-to-the-public events sponsored by CNU NextGen, a fellowship within the Congress for the New Urbanism, which is holding its 22nd Annual Congress in Buffalo – June 4-7th.

Each day of the Congress, NextGen has hosted social, networking, and participatory events to maximize the experience of attendees and highlight Buffalo. Today is the last day of CNU, so don’t miss the closing party tonight at Larkin Square!

Here are today’s events:

Five Points +
Saturday, June 7, 11:00 AM-3:00 PM
Five Points, Rhode Island and West Utica Sts.
“Five Points +” neighborhood stakeholders, business owners, and concerned citizens will leverage tactical urbanism to traffic calm a dangerous, problematic intersection. Expect a street party, art, chalk, and greenery, to boot! Peatónito, Mexico City’s masked pedestrian revolutionary, will be a participant!

Lunch at the Roycroft
12:15-3:15 PM
Departs from Convention Center
Elbert Hubbard, the marketing genius of the Larkin Co., took early retirement and founded Roycroft, an Arts and Crafts-inspired colony of artists and artisans in East Aurora, south of Buffalo, in 1895. Eventually numbering over 500, his followers built a number of Roycroft buildings, including an inn, powerhouse, and several workshops. This tour takes us directly to the Roycroft Inn, magnificently restored and filled with Arts and Crafts furniture, decorative fixtures, and murals. A reasonably-priced lunch will be available (tour and transportation cost does not include meal). Cost is $40.

Tour de Neglect
12:30-2:30 PM
Departs from Lafayette Hotel, 391 Washington St
Activist, blogger, and photographer David Torke will give the Tour de Neglect, which will guide cyclists across the oceanic devastation of Buffalo’s East Side. Starting and ending at bookends of hope, with chapters on change in between, the Tour de Neglect will include all the scandal of the Tour de France without its spandex and champagne. This tour should come with a warning label: “May inspire feelings of civic duty and moral outrage.” The Tour de Neglect will include stops at St. Ann’s Church, Wilson Street Farm, Buffalo Central Terminal, William Simon brewery, Sacred Heart Church, and Larkin Power House. Two dozen bicycles will be available on a first-come, first-serve basis. An optional lunch will follow at a to- be-disclosed location. The tour is free.

Kickball Tournament
2:30-6:00 PM
Central Wharf, Foot of Main St
Join NextGen for the First Annual CNU NextGen Kickball Tournament. Sign up here.

Hamlin Park Historic District: What’s Next?
3:00-5:00 PM
Departs from Lafayette Hotel, 391 Washington St
Hamlin Park is the East Side’s only historic district, an African American middle class enclave built around Frederick Law Olmsted’s Humboldt Parkway, the Elm tree-framed boulevard destroyed in the 1960s by the Kensington Expressway. Learn what residents are doing today to reclaim their neighborhood againstan onslaught of forces, including the highway scar, population flight, and the bulldozers on its periphery. Meet people who have purchased abandoned homes for a dollar and rehabbed them under a unique program offered by the City. And help answer the question, what’s next for the Kensington Expressway? The walk is hosted by Mike Puma, a preservation professional, activist, and Hamlin Park resident. The tour is free.

Closing Party at Larkin Square
6:00-10:30 PM
Larkin Square, 725 Seneca St.
Join NextGen at CNU 22’s closing party—with food trucks, live music, and drinks. The party takes place in Larkin Square, located in the heart of Larkinville, the site of the historic Larkin Co. factories and warehouses. Shuttle buses will be making the rounds from the Hyatt to Larkin Square, starting at 5:30 PM. The closing party is free and open to the public.

The following local sponsors have helped make CNU NextGen events happen: Buffalo CarShare/Buffalo BikeShare, Lockhouse Distillery, Community Beer Works, Consumers Beverages, Flying Bison Brewing Co., Global Spectrum, Tops, Blackman Homestead Farm, Larkin Development Group, and Liberty Hound.


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