Unique conditions and challenges discussed
Village of Lewiston residents out for a walk Tuesday morning undoubtedly saw two large groups of people paying specific attention to Center Street and its historic properties. Those visitors were part of the 22nd annual Congress for the New Urbanism, a four-day event taking place across Western New York.
Local urbanist Chuck Banas organized the visit. He described the cluster of local, national and international persons - about 40 total - as "interested in walkable, mixed-use neighborhood development, sustainable communities and healthier living conditions."
Banas and tour leader Dan Burden, a national spokesman, told group members how Lewiston's streetscape project ties in with new urbanism, while the Niagara River Region Chamber of Commerce's president, Jennifer Pauly, and board chairman, Rick Haight, offered details on village projects and buildings such as the Frontier House. Participants also heard from Mayor Terry Collesano, Trustee Dan Gibson and Beautification Committee Co-chairwoman Marianne Gittermann.
For more information on Congress for the New Urbanism and its conference, visit http://www.cnu.org/cnu22.