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UB design students to share ideas for downtown neighborhood

Thirty-one University at Buffalo juniors in the Environmental Design program will lead a presentation on ways to make the Hooks Neighborhood — a stretch between Canalside and City Hall turned into a sea of highways in recent decades — more walkable.

The students, part of the UB School of Architecture and Planning, welcome the public to the free presentation from 5 to 8 p.m. Monday in the Erie Room of the Buffalo Grand Hotel (the former Adam's Mark). Those who attend will be able to ask questions after the presentation.

Students spent eight weeks working with people who live and work in the neighborhood to consider ways it can become more pedestrian friendly.

The presentation comes in advance of a regional Walkability Summit which will take place at the hotel June 13-14. The summit, hosted by the Wellness Institute of Greater Buffalo, will explore challenges in improving walkability in rural, urban, and suburban neighborhoods across the region. For more information, visit

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