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Tonight: Catherine Tumber to Speak at Burchfield Penney

Over the past 40 years, Buffalo has struggled to overcome the loss of industry, rise in poverty, and rampant suburban sprawl that has been the hallmark of American economics and urban planning for the latter half of the 20th century. In a century’s time, Buffalo transformed from a booming industrial city to a Rust Belt city. 

Catherine Tumber, a native of Baldwinsville, New York, witnessed this same phenomenon in Syracuse. Through her research, Tumber has outlined potential solutions to the problems with Rust Belt cities in her book Small, Gritty, and Green: The Promise of America’s Smaller Industrial Cities in a Low-Carbon World.  Tumber asserts that with reduced consumption of fossil fuels and the realization that suburban living is environmentally unsustainable, small Rust Belt cities possess the assets for a new sustainable living unique to each region.  Cities like Buffalo and Syracuse have the ability to provide local agriculture, renewable energy sources, and green jobs in new infrastructure projects and technology development.

Tumber will be in Buffalo tonight (Thursday, July 12) at 7pm, at the Burchfield Penney Art Center to discuss her research and her book.  This is the first event in Get the Rust Out: Shining Examples for a New Economy, a speaker series sponsored by the Partnership for the Public Good, Buffalo First, the John R. Oishei Foundation, and the Community Foundation for Greater Buffalo.  This series aims to create a dialogue between the local community and leading national experts in a bold exploration of the region’s full potential in tomorrow’s economy.

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