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Riding Through Poor Neighborhoods With New Urbanists

A bike tour in Buffalo that aimed to "inspire feelings of civic duty and moral outrage" may have also exposed weaknesses in a movement's philosophy.
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David Torke, fixBuffalo

The most important event during this year's Congress for the New Urbanism wasn't in a convention center.

Upwards of 75 people, myself included, took part in a "Tour de Neglect" last Saturday as this year's CNU, held in Buffalo, wrapped up. The guided bike tour took riders through the city's economically devastated and mostly African-American East Side, where some census tracts have lost as much as 89 percent of their populations since 1950.