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.
Buffalo was chosen as the locale for CNU 22, 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 William 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.”
We eagerly await CNU 22 in The Nickel City!