Conference Schedule

Conference Sessions & Panels

Conference Tours

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Legacy Cities Schedule 2018


Time Event Location

Wednesday July 11

6:00 pm – 8:00 pm

Tax Credit Happy Hour PBN Office @ Market Arcade
617 Main Street, Suite 201; Buffalo, NY

Thursday July 12

8:00 am – 4:00 pm

Registration Embassy Suites
200 Delaware Avenue; Buffalo, NY
8:30 am – 12:30 pm
CLG Training Embassy Suites
200 Delaware Avenue; Buffalo, NY
1:00 pm – 2:30 pm
Design & Trades in Legacy Cities Luncheon Lafayette Hotel
391 Washington Street; Buffalo, NY
3:00 pm – 4:30 pm
Queen City Downtown Tour Market Arcade
617 Main Street; Buffalo, NY
3:00 pm – 4:00 pm
Tour of Lafayette Hotel Lafayette Hotel
391 Washington Street; Buffalo, NY
7:00 pm – 9:00 pm
Key Note Event with Maurice Jones Babeville
341 Delaware Avenue; Buffalo, NY
9:00 pm – 11:00 pm
BYP After Party Founding Fathers
75 Edward Street; Buffalo, NY

Friday July 13

8:00 am – 11:00 am

Registration Embassy Suites
200 Delaware Avenue; Buffalo, NY
8:30 am – 10:00 am
Opening Plenary Embassy Suites
200 Delaware Avenue; Buffalo, NY
10:15 am – 12:00 pm Session 1A:  Preservation for Whom? Embassy Suites
200 Delaware Avenue; Buffalo, NY
  Session 1B:  Neighborhood Preservation & Environmental Health
Embassy Suites
200 Delaware Avenue; Buffalo, NY
12:30 pm – 1:30 pm
Luncheon w/Ed McMahon 31 Club
31 North Johnson Park; Buffalo, NY
2:00 pm – 3:15 pm
Session 2A:  Living Heritage Preservation Embassy Suites
200 Delaware Avenue; Buffalo, NY
  Session 2B:  Cities & Counties in Action
Embassy Suites
200 Delaware Avenue; Buffalo, NY
3:30 pm – 4:45 pm Session 3A:  Intentional Community Preservation Embassy Suites
200 Delaware Avenue; Buffalo, NY
  Session 3B:  Tools to Break the Mold Embassy Suites
200 Delaware Avenue; Buffalo, NY
5:30 pm – 6:45 pm How Do You Eat an Elephant? Session Central Terminal
495 Paderewski Drive; Buffalo, NY
7:00 pm – 8:00 pm
Central Terminal Party Central Terminal
495 Paderewski Drive; Buffalo, NY

Saturday July 14

10:00 am – 12:00 pm Tour A:  Hamlin Park Registration required; maximum 50 spots

9:30 am – 12:30 pm
Tour B:  Belt Line Bike Tour Registration required; maximum 50 spots
1:00 pm – 3:00 pm
Tour C:  Northland Tour Registration required; maximum 50 spots
1:00 pm – 3:00 pm
Tour D: Five Points
Registration required; maximum 50 spots
2:00 pm – 4:00 pm Tour E:  Buffalo River Kayak Tour Registration required; maximum 20 spots 
4:00 pm – 6:00 pm
Tour F: Broadway-Fillmore
Registration required; maximum 50 spots


Conference Sessions & Panels

Preservation for Whom

Presenters:  Henry Taylor, Erin Tobin, Olivia White, Harper Bishop

Moderator:  Rahwa Ghirmatzion, Executive Director of PUSH Buffalo

Overview: Presenters will discuss the role of marginalized communities in community revitalization, and how revitalization efforts need to ensure that they are inclusive and non-displacing, using Buffalo and Upstate New York as case studies. 

Neighborhood Preservation and Environmental Health

Presenters:  Eric Kehoe and Clinton Brown

Moderator:  James Lima

Overview:  The value of preserving open space in urban areas and the connections to community, quality of life, and climate change.

Living Heritage

Presenters:  Kathy Rodriguez, Kathleen Crowther, and Caitlin Audette

Moderator:  Jessie Fisher, Executive Director of Preservation Buffalo Niagara

Overview:  Each of these practitioners has experience in expanding the preservation narrative to make it more relevant to more communities.  From their perspectives, they will talk about how they’ve engaged these communities and made preservation relevant.

Intentional Community Preservation

Presenters:  Kisha Patterson and John Evans

Overview:  Buildings, cities, and landscapes have the greatest impact on our health, the growth and sustainability of our communities, and our role in climate change.  Using case studies, Kisha will show how preservation can be the best option to meeting a community’s environmental goals but also (re)building and strengthening those communities.

Cities & Counties in Action

Presenters:  Jessie Masters and Lilah Zoutner, Cayahoga County Land Bank; Yvonne McCray, Buffalo Urban Renewal Agency; and Brandye Merriweather, Buffalo Urban Development Corporation

Moderator:  Theodora Finn, Greater Rochester Housing Partnership

Overview: Leaders will present the public sector and municipal programs they are using to get vacant properties preserved and back in the hands of owners.

DIY Tools

Presenters:  Bryan Van Sweden, Trudy Andrewjewski, Seth Piccirillo, Kevin Hayes, and Mark Paradowksi 

Moderator:  Rick Hauser, Mayor of Perry, New York

Overview: These community leaders are tackling the issues of vacant and deteriorating properties head on with innovative tools that aren’t just outside of the box, they’ve turned the box into a beautifully renovated affordable family home!

Additional Panels

Opening Plenary:  The Challenge of Middle Neighborhoods in Legacy Cities

Presenters:  Alan Mallach, Center for Community Progress; Michael Allen, Preservation Research Office; Nicholas Hamilton, the American Assembly; Jean Follett, Chair of the National Trust for Historic Preservation Advisors.

Overview:  Middle neighborhoods are a critical part of every legacy city’s fabric, yet increasing numbers of these neighborhoods are losing ground, seeing increased deterioration and abandonment, and declining family income and house values.  After an introductory framing presentation, the format of the session will be largely conversational, as the panelists will discuss the issues and offer examples of relevant neighborhoods and programs, and will engage the audience in discussing the particular challenges of middle neighborhoods in their communities.

Central Terminal Panel:  How Do You Eat an Elephant?: Make the Monumental Manageable

Presenters:  Monica Pellegrino Faix; Mark Mortenson; Paul Lang; Paul Tronolone; Daniel Campo

Moderator:  Christina Lincoln, Housing Rehab Programs Manager, Matt Urban Center

Overview:  Presenters will share lessons learned while tackling the challenges of repurposing historically single use structure and grounds, creative approaches to engage the community to create and advance a reuse plan, and how the new future of each structure is being leveraged as powerful development and economic development opportunities.  Walk away with ideas about how to make the monumental manageable.  May incorporate World Monument Fund Watch List designation for Central Terminal.

Additional Speakers

Optional Thursday Lunch:  Girls in Stem (more details to follow)

Optional Friday Lunch:  Ed McMahon, ULI (more details to follow)

Legacy Cities Conference Tours

Saturday July 14

Tour A:  Hamlin Park

Overview: Hamlin Park is the only National Register listed historic district on Buffalo’s east side and is comprised of 19th and early 20th century Bungalows, Foursquares, and even some distinct mid-century homes. Originally home to Cicero Hamlin’s Driving Park of 1868, as interest in horse racing waned the parcel was subdivided for new housing. Built in two distinct, yet compatible sections the street layout resembles the standardized grid of early 20th century vernacular neighborhoods along with 19th century curving streets and small parks from the more romantic era of planning. 

Meet at 60 Hedley Place at approx. 10:00 am

Tour B: Belt Line Bike Tour

Overview: Completed by the New York Central Railroad in 1883, the Belt Line is a 15-mile-long rail route circling Buffalo and connecting the cities prominent industrial areas including: the Larkin District, Central Terminal, Northland, Highland Park, Great Arrow, Black Rock Yards, and the Niagara Industrial Corridor. The Belt Line served passengers from 1883 until the end of World War I. Today it remains intact and in use as a line for freight and Amtrak.

Tours are being led by preservationists and Belt Line enthusiasts Chris Hawley and Derik Kane. This tour will cover a 10+ mile portion of the route highlighting the recent re-investment occurring in the Niagara and Chandler Street Corridors; The Pierce Arrow Factory, Tri-Main (Buffalo’s first adaptive re-use), and will finish at the Northland Corridor where you may pick up an organized tour of that complex.

You may bring your own bike or rent one from any of the available Reddy bikes stations. (

**Ten Reddy Bikes have been reserved for this tour and are available on a first come, first serve basis.

***These Bikes must be returned to their original docking station by 1:30 pm***

Tour start: 9:30 AM – Westin Hotel (250 Delaware Ave)

Tour Ends: 12:30 PM – Northland Complex (683 Northland Avenue)

The tour will conclude at the Northland Training Center so participants can easily take this in depth tour as well, but for those who do not wish to attend the Northland Tour, there will be an opportunity to stop at the Amherst Street Light Rail Station and take the Metro Rail back to Downtown Buffalo.

Meet in front of Westin Hotel on Delaware & Chippewa Streets at approx. 9:30 am

Tour C: Northland Tour

Overview: The Northland Beltline Redevelopment Project is a multi-faceted economic development initiative that is transforming a long-neglected industrial area on Buffalo’s East Side.  As Chairman of the Buffalo Urban Development Corporation, Mayor Byron W. Brown initiated the project in 2014, and it has become a significant piece of Governor Andrew Cuomo’s Buffalo Billion initiative.   The Northland Beltline Redevelopment Project is part brownfield reclamation, part historic preservation, and part neighborhood stabilization.

This hard-hat tour will show how this industrial cluster helped shaped Buffalo in early 20th century, and how a new business corridor will attract high-quality employment opportunities, honor Buffalo’s industrial heritage, and help revive the adjacent residential neighborhood.  The tour will start at the former Niagara Machine & Tool Works headquarter building, which is now undergoing a $100 million rehabilitation into the Northland Workforce Training Center, the new home of Buffalo Manufacturing Works, and additional light manufacturing space.

Stops will include the former Niagara Machine & Tool Works complex, the site of the former Houde Engineering, and the buildings that housed both Otis Elevator and Curtiss Wright. In addition, the tour will include the site of a new entrepreneurial center that is rising out of the remains of the Houde complex, and of course the fabric of the surrounding residential neighborhood. These factory buildings were innovative for their time, built from 1910 and thereafter, and designed by architects such as Green & Wicks. This walk will be your chance to experience the Northland Beltline Corridor in the “eye of the storm”—as construction is underway.

Meet at 683 Northland Avenue at approx. 1:00 pm


Tour D: Five Points

Overview: Five Points is one of Buffalo’s “hot neighborhoods”. It is a vibrant, walkable and diverse neighborhood on the West Side of Buffalo and comprises a confluence of cultures–from Italian to Burmese, a wide range of architecture, and a healthy representation of non-profits and businesses intermixed with residents.

Join us on a walking tour and visit of some of the non-profits and social enterprises which anchor the neighborhood–from an urban gardening center to a bakery which mills on site to an organic wine store. We will use the opportunity to explore and examine the difference between “revitalization” and “gentrification”, and how a neighborhood like Five Points can pursue the former over the later.

Meet at Remedy House at West Utica Street & Rhode Island Street at approx. 1:00 pm

Tour E: Buffalo River Kayak Tour

Overview: Join a guided tour of the Buffalo River, discussing the ecological and industrial history of the river, and the role of the river in the City’s revitalization.  All equipment provided by our friends at Buffalo Niagara Waterkeeper. Tour meets at the Public Kayak Launch at Buffalo Riverworks (transportation not provided; Riverworks is a pleasant twenty minute walk from the Embassy Suites).

Meet at Kayak Launch at RiverWorks (369 Ganson Street) at approx. 2:00 pm

Tour F: Broadway-Fillmore

Overview: The Broadway Fillmore neighborhood once held one of the largest Polish populations in the United States. It’s rumored that the intersection of Broadway and Fillmore was the 2nd busiest intersection in New York State, second only to Times Square. But after redlining, white flight, and a tanking economy, this is one of the most challenged neighborhoods in Buffalo. It has also seen the most disinvestment and demolition. How do we bring back this neighborhood that has more vacant lots than houses and is it possible to save what’s left and build a vibrant community? We’ll see how some residents are contributing to the neighborhood and how non-profits are bringing life back to the community.

Meet at the Intersection of Paderewski Drive & Fillmore Avenue at approx. 4:00 pm