Official Announcement: Bernice Radle To Be A Ted X Buffalo 2013 Speaker!

I am excited to announce that I have been chosen as one of the many Ted X Buffalo Speakers for this years event!!!

The first four speakers were announced today, including one of my favorite people on the planet – Ben Seigel!

Here is the link to view the speakers and event info:

Preservation 2.0: Neighborhoods, Heart Bombs & Engaging Young People

Bio: Bernice “Buffalove” Radle loves Buffalo, buildings and cities. Her endless enthusiasm, dedication and passion is aimed at historic preservation, neighborhood development and making historic buildings more energy efficient in Buffalo, NY. Bernice is a project manager at Buffalo Energy, co owns Buffalove Development and is very active in many organizations including Buffalo’s Young Preservationists, Women Elect & the Northeast Sustainable Energy Association.

What Preservation 2.0 means to me: (warning: unedited)

Preservation 2.0 means that the conversation and movement surrounding historic preservation is evolving into a what I think of as a “social” movement. We are shifting our focus from the one iconic building approach (although those are still very important!), towards building and supporting historic, local neighborhoods with a broader focus and importance on sustainabilty, affordability and localism. We have seen so many of our “pre – auto”  neighborhoods decline in our cities as a result of the expansion of the characterless suburban model. The millennial generation is so turned off by the suburban/pro car movement, we are flocking to cities, ditching cars and buying bicycles – which means those declining neighborhoods have the potential to be something awesome once again!

Having healthy, strong neighborhoods helps to build investment while maintaining stability, affordability and sustainability of our historic urban centers. The neighborhoods we value today are typically dense, mixed use and walkable. Maybe they are not always super historic in terms of fanciness and character however, at the end of the day, they add value to the urban core and the people who live within it. 

Preservation 2.0 means that the small corner store and local watering hole matters. It means the not so nice house on an intact street deserves a second life – even if it doesn’t have original woodwork left or fancy glass windows. It means that heart bombing small houses for valentines day can happen and become a national hit. It means that the vacant lot should not remain a valueless, weedy mess but should become a small park, garden or community space in order to building and strengthen the community, not weaken it. 

The really exciting thing to me is that as the preservation movement evolves, we have just began to explore areas like art, music, urban planning, sustainability etc… as well as engaging different ethnic and social-economic groups. Preservation is no longer just a high society thing, it has become a “this place matters” thing that all ages, races and classes can understand and support. We are lucky in Buffalo to have so many incredible people pushing preservation for the past 40 years – we are grateful to learn from them but excited to add our own twists to it. I am really excited to speak about Buffalo’s Young Preservationists (BYP), heart bombs, neighborhoods and Buffalo, NY at the 2013 Ted X Buffalo event!

Jason, Mike & I work at 351 Massachusetts Avenue! Photo Credit: Chris Hawley
Jason, Mike & I work at 351 Massachusetts Avenue, a once vacant and abandoned house on Buffalo’s West Side! Photo Credit: Chris Hawley

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