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

Thursday July 12

8:00 am – 4:00 pm

Registration Embassy Suites
8:30 am – 12:30 pm
CLG Training Embassy Suites
1:00 pm – 2:30 pm
Girls in Stem Luncheon Lafayette Hotel
3:00 pm – 4:30 pm
Queen City Downtown Tour Market Arcade
3:00 pm – 4:00 pm
Tour of Lafayette Hotel Lafayette Hotel
7:00 pm – 9:00 pm
Key Note Event w/Maurice Jones Babeville
9:00 pm – 11:00 pm
BYP After Party Founding Fathers

Friday July 13

8:00 am – 11:00 am

8:30 am – 10:00 am
Opening Plenary Embassy Suites
10:15 am – 12:00 pm Session 1A:  Preservation for Whom? Embassy Suites
  Session 1B:  Neighborhood Preservation and Environmental Health Embassy Suites
12:30 pm – 1:30 pm
Luncheon w/Ed McMahon TBD
2:00 pm – 3:15 pm
Session 2A:  Living Heritage Preservation Embassy Suites
  Session 2B:  Cayahoga County and City of Buffalo Approaches Embassy Suites
3:30 pm – 4:45 pm Session 3A:  Intentional Community Preservation Embassy Suites
  Session 3B:  Tools to Break the Mold Embassy Suites
5:30 pm – 6:45 pm How Do You Eat an Elephant Session Central Terminal
7:00 pm – 9:00 pm
Central Terminal Party Central Terminal
7:00 pm  – 11:00 pm Forgotten Buffalo Tour Central Terminal

Saturday July 14

Tour A:  Hamlin Park Registration required; maximum 50 spots

10:00 pm – 12:00 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
  Tour D:  Buffalo River Kayak Tour Registration required; maximum 50 spots


Legacy Cities Conference Session & Panels

Friday July 13

Track Time Session Room
Preservation For Whom 10:15 AM- 12:00 PM 1A: Preservation for Whom
12:00 PM – 12:30 PM 1B: Neighborhood Preservation & Environmental Health
2:00 PM –3:15 PM 2A: Living Heritage
Health and Environment 3:30 PM –4:45 PM 3A: Intentional Community Preservation
Breaking the Mold 5:00 PM –5:30 PM 3B: Cities and Counties in Action
DIY Tools
5:30 PM –6:45 PM How Do You Eat an Elephant?

Preservation for Whom

Presenters:  Henry Taylor, Erin Tobin, Olivia White

Moderator:  TBD

Overview:  From their different perspectives, each presenter will talk about how preservation efforts do/don’t/can serve African American and Immigrant communities.  Format will include Kathleen giving short presentation to set the stage, 15 minute presentation from each presenter, and then moderated discussion focused by Katherine.

Neighborhood Preservation and Environmental Health

Presenters:  Eric Kehoe and Clinton Brown

Moderator:  TBD if needed

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

Living Heritage

Presenters:  Claudia Guerra, Shannon Miller, Kathleen Crowther, and Caitlin Audette

Moderator:  Jessie Fisher

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.  Format will include Jessie giving a short presentation to set the stage, 15 minute presentation from each presenter, and then moderated discussion.

Intentional Community Preservation

Presenters:  Kisha Patterson and John Evans

Moderator:  TBD if necessary

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 and Counties in Action

Presenters:  Jessie Masters and Lilah Zoutner from Cayahoga County Land Bank and various City of Buffalo OSP officials TBD by COB

Moderator:  TBD

Overview:  Leaders will present the tools they are using to get vacant properties preserved and back in the hands of owners.  Format will be a short presentation from moderator to set the stage, and then 25 minute presentations from Cayahoga and COB to explain their programs, and then moderated Q&A.

DIY Tools

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

Moderator:  Mayor Rick Hauser (to be confirmed)

Overview:  Mayor will give overview of issues facing localities, each presenter will spend ten minutes presenting their program, Mayor will do Q&A to drill down to how these programs can be replicated in other places

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.

Moderator:  none

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:  TBD/WMF

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


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

Tour C: Northland Tour


Tour D: Buffalo River Kayak Tour


Tour E: 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.