City of Buffalo Wins CNU22

The Queen City Earns Honors to Host CNU22 in 2014

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Not many cities can boast of being home to buildings from Frank Lloyd Wright, Louis Sullivan, and H.H. Richardson all situated within their borders. Nor do many cities hold an extensively incorporated Frederick Law Olmsted-designed park system. Buffalo can claim both. And come 2014, The Queen City can also lay claim as host to the 22nd annual Congress for the New Urbanism.

In an announcement late last week, Buffalo was chosen as the locale for the leading venue for New Urbanist education, collaboration, and networking. As CNU CEO & President John Norquist stated, "Buffalo is a beautiful city that was once one of America's richest. Metro Buffalo is trying to repair its neighborhoods and suburbs and grow again. CNU needs to be in Buffalo. It is the perfect place to gather to discuss strategies for revitalization."

George Grasser, of Partners for a Livable Western New York, and Willam Tuyn, of Greenman-Pedersen Inc.,  led a contingent on Buffalo's behalf to lobby for the City of Light's victory. Commenting on Buffalo's win, Grasser noted "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."

As we eagerly anticipate CNU22 in Buffalo, work continues leading up to this year's Congress, CNU19: Growing Local, in Madison, WI from June 1st-June 4th. Come and join speakers such as Andres Duany, Stefanos Polyzoides, Ed Glaeser, Will Allen, Congressman Earl Blumenauer, and many, many others as we discuss development practices and public policies, learn from recent innovative New Urbanist work, and advance initiatives to transform our communities.


(Photo courtesy of Buffalo Niagara Convention & Visitors Bureau, photo by: Angel Art Ltd)