“Building Our City” speaker series resumes with Buffalo’s Bernice Radle, Nov. 2 at 5:30 p.m.

Building Our City, Asheville’s urban design speaker series, returns on Wednesday, November 2 at 5:30 p.m. with “Small Scale Development Matters Now More Than Ever: Lessons From Buffalo,” a presentation by developer and entrepreneur Bernice Radle. Building Our City is presented by The Grove Arcade Public Market Foundation.

“With climate change, automobile dependency, and rising costs for housing and transportation, America needs to reverse suburban sprawl and focus on our cities and small towns now more than ever,” says Radle. “This won’t happen to any meaningful extent without small scale development, and lots of it. Zoning reform and incremental development education will be key to making it happen.”

“We’ve been excited about the prospect of bringing Bernice to Asheville for a long time, because we feel her message is timely and applicable to the issues we face,” says Meghan Rogers, Executive Director of the Asheville Downtown Association.“Her work is all about empowering people to make immediate and impactful changes close to their own homes, but in ways that can benefit entire regions. People will leave her presentation with insights and skills that can be put to work right away.”

“Our firm works all over the country, so we’re fortunate to see lots of different approaches about how communities can grow responsibly and sustainably,” says Cate Ryba of Urban3, a co-host of the Building Our City speaker series. “‘Building Our City’ is all about bringing in new viewpoints that will help Asheville as our region continues to grow. Bernice has a lot of great ideas to share with us and we’re so glad to help make this presentation possible.”

Building Our City is presented by The Grove Arcade Public Market Foundation with support from Carleton Collins Architecture, Mosaic Community Lifestyle Realty, Kimpton Hotel Arras and The Collider. The series is produced by the Asheville Downtown Association Foundation and Urban3.

WHAT: Building Our City presents Bernice Radle: “Small Scale Development Matters Now More Than Ever: Lessons From Buffalo”
WHEN: Wednesday, November 2 doors at 5:30 p.m. ET, presentation at 6:00 p.m.
WHERE: The Collider, 1 Haywood Street

Register at Eventbrite

MORE INFORMATION: Kerry Hayes, kerry@coeonow.com or 901-481-5104

ABOUT BUILDING OUR CITY: Building Our City is a free ongoing speaker series featuring national experts on urban design, planning, placemaking, transportation and other community development topics to explore the role of thoughtful design in building livable communities. These deep-dive community conversations are dedicated to creating a better understanding of the role design plays in the growth of Asheville and its surrounding regions. The goal is to help create conversations by hosting professionals from outside the region, who will bring innovative ideas as well as examples of other communities’ successes and failures.

ABOUT BERNICE RADLE: Bernice Radle owns Buffalove Development and Little Wheel Restoration Company, a full-service real estate firm focused on reviving vacant and underutilized places and spaces in Buffalo and Niagara Falls. Her goal is to combine urban design, preservation, energy efficiency, and affordability to make neighborhoods better for people to live, work, and play. Her woman-owned and minority-focused companies aim for a more inclusivity for females and minorities in the real estate and construction industries. Bernice’s work has been featured on HGTV and DIY network as well as in the New York Times, Huffington Post, Preservation Magazine, TedX and was awarded the Peter H. Brink Award for individual achievement by the National Trust for Historic Preservation. Visit www.berniceradle.co.

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