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Patricia Layman Bazelon (1933-1995), Standard Elevator, 1987; gelatin silver print, Overall: 10 1/2 x 13 1/2 in. (26.7 x 34.3 cm) Frame: 20 in. (50.8 cm); Gift of the Artist, 1991

Patricia Layman Bazelon (1933-1995), Standard Elevator, 1987; gelatin silver print, Overall: 10 1/2 x 13 1/2 in. (26.7 x 34.3 cm) Frame: 20 in. (50.8 cm); Gift of the Artist, 1991

Hosted Event  |  A Bright Legacy: Local Economic Development for a Low-Carbon Future

featuring Catherine Tumber, author of Small, Gritty, and Green The Promise of America’s Smaller Industrial Cities in a Low-Carbon World

Thursday, July 12, 2012, 7–8:30 pm

Peter and Elizabeth C. Tower Auditorium  

First event in a series sponsored by the Partnership for the Public Good, Buffalo First, Oishei Foundation, and Community Foundation for Greater Buffalo to boost local enterprise development through direct, practical exchange with leading experts and innovators in the 21st Century economy. Over the next year, this series of public forums will bring to Buffalo uniquely relevant expertise in dialogues with local entrepreneurs, the business and financial community, educators, civic and community leaders. Culminating in the national conference of Business Alliance of Local Living Economies in early summer 2013, the series will spotlight opportunities for private initiative in reforming the regional economy, from the bottom up, naturally.

This event features Catherine Tumber, the author of Small, Gritty, and Green: The Promise of America’s Smaller Industrial Cities in a Low Carbon World (MIT Press, 2012). She conducted her study of mid-sized cities as a Research Affiliate in the Community Innovators Lab in MIT’s Department of Urban Studies and Planning. Based on direct observation, her research presents a compelling case that rust belt cities can serve as models for sustainable urban living and are increasingly important geographic sites for ingenuity and innovation in the new economy.

A reception will follow the lecture.