Partners for a Livable Western New York visit Dunkirk Saturday

The city of Dunkirk and residents of the Dunkirk/Fredonia area welcome Partners for a Livable Western New York on Saturday, Sept. 28 for a “Walk Around” analysis of the waterfront neighborhood.

A volunteer team of professionals in city planning, smart growth, “complete streets,” community development, architecture, transportation engineering, improved land use and environment will accompany George Grasser, executive director of the group based in Buffalo. He along with his team will dialog with local citizens and offer feedback related to our current situation and make suggestions for a more economically vibrant, attractive, livable and revived waterfront.

Meet the group for coffee and bagels, compliments of Tim Horton’s, at the SUNY Tech Incubator at 9 a.m. Bring your ideas, concerns and visions for the first hour when the team “listens” to the community. Walk and talk with them around the area of Central avenue and Lake Shore Drive. This area was designated by the city for the middle part of the morning and then gather to dialog again to get their feedback.

This is a free event. The cost is only your time and passion for improvement on our lake shore community. Dunkirk will be the 26th walk location for Partners for a Livable Western New York. Some of the communities they have visited are Tonawanda, Youngstown, Williamsville, Niagara Falls, Orchard Park, Hamburg and seven Buffalo neighborhoods. Many of these have experienced revitalization and increased economic vitality in their business districts.

This is a tremendous opportunity to stop lamenting the perceived decline of the city. To seek solutions from knowledgeable experts who focus on our demographics, the quality of housing, how to better meet the needs of every segment of the population, how to help attract visitors and create new jobs. The group will comment on zoning and planning practices, attractiveness and accessibility of streets. They will share what worked in other communities and how to take advantage of the area’s unique assets.

Grasser and his team are giving their free time and expertise. Welcome them with a huge turnout and display of hopeful receptiveness. The gathering will end by 1 p.m.

For more information contact Michele Bautista, spokesperson for Washington PARC, at 366-8395.