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The Congress for the New Urbanism offers free events for the public:

Today:

4:30 p.m., Hotel @ the Lafayette: Presentation by Joseph Minicozzi on the financial impact to municipalities of different types of development.

5 to 9 p.m., Canalside: Ray Oldenberg, urban sociologist, author of “The Great Good Place.”|

Wednesday:

Noon, Buffalo Niagara Convention Center: Amy Levner of AARP on “Great Places for All Ages.”

5:15 p.m., Convention Center: Opening of conference with Ken Greenberg, planner for Brooklyn Bridge Park, Brooklyn; Fan Pier, Boston.

7 p.m., Hotel @ the Lafayette: Peatonito, Mexico City’s “masked champion of the pedestrian.”

8 p.m., First Niagara Center Arena’s Nexus Club: Talk with foremost urbanist Andres Duany, co-author of “Suburban Nation” and “The Smart Growth Manual,” and Emily Talen, professor at the School of Sustainability at Arizona State University.

Thursday:

Noon, Convention Center: Jeff Speck, author of “The Walkable City” and co-author of “Suburban Nation,” on “Towards a More Walkable Buffalo.”

5:30 p.m., Convention Center: Charter Awards ceremony recognizing leading urbanist projects.

7 to 11 p.m., Silo City: “Silos, Brews & Bonfires, exploring grain elevator ruins with local activists. Sponsored by CNU NextGen.

Friday:

Noon, Convention Center: Presentation by William Fulton, former Buffalo resident, San Diego planning director and co-author of “The Regional City,” and James Howard Kunstler, pundit and author of “The Geography of Nowhere.”

5 to 11 p.m., Lafayette Hotel: Films from Los Angeles New Urbanism Film Festival, including “Olmsted’s Enduring Legacy” about Buffalo’s parks and parkway system.

6 to 10 p.m., Lafayette Hotel, Dialogue with young designers.

Saturday:

11 a.m. to 3 p.m., Rhode Island and West Utica streets: Traffic calming project, including street party, art, chalk and appearance by Peatonito, Mexico City’s “masked champion of the pedestrian.”

12:30 to 2:15 p.m., meet at Hotel @ the Lafayette: Bicycle tour of the East Side, “Tour de Neglect.”

6:30 p.m., Larkinville: Closing ceremony and party.

Tours (fee required; for a complete listing and more information, go to www.cnu.org/cnu22.

Thursday: “Sunset Boat Cruise on Buffalo River,” “Retail on Main Street in Williamsville” with retail expert Bob Gibbs.

Friday: “HarborCenter and Canalside.”

Saturday: “Allentown and Elmwood District Neighborhoods,” “Buffalo’s West Side Story,” “Olmsted Parks and Parkways,” “Industrial Strength Tour: Adventures Along the Belt Line.”

Sunday: “Niagara-on-the-Lake” with Andres Duany; “Chautauqua Institution,” “Niagara Falls & Lewiston (The Gardens at Oxbow),” “Buffalo on Bike.”