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Instead of tearing down the Viaduct, the estimated $2.3 million (in demo & clean up costs) can be reassigned to SAVING the Viaduct IF a stabilization, reuse and maintenance PLANS are created – and there is clear COMMUNITY SUPPORT. To learn more, come on over to Poet’s Hall (1136 East Lake Road) on Sunday, January 25th from 1pm to 2pm.

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Preservation “Happy Hour”
January 23, 2015 at 5:00pm

The Plymouth Tavern

1109 State St, Erie, Pennsylvania 16501

Co-hosted by City Councilman Dave Brennan and Civitas Erie member Lisa Austin, this event is free and open to the public. The happy hour will include brief updates from organizations / individuals working to repurpose structures (please RSVP w/ Lisa) will be followed by a conversation with JEREMY YOUNG, an Erie ex-pat (Pittsburgh). Young will discuss his decision to invest in Gem City real estate. Snacks provided. Cash Bar.

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Four artists (Lisa Austin, Martha Gorzycki, Tavia La Follette and Lane Cooper) will be gathering at the International Sculpture Conference (Sculpture, Culture and Community) in New Orleans, LA on Friday, October 3 at 9am to discuss how they are each working to pull together diverse communities in their various art practices (from animation, action and performance to political protest and political candidacy.)


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Co-hosted by City Councilman DAVE BRENNAN and by LISA AUSTIN of Civitas Erie this periodic event is a casual forum to discuss what local organizations are doing- and can do – to revitalize our built environment. Snacks provided. Cash bar.



Learn what local organizations are doing to help revitalize our built environment.
5:30 – 7pm, Thursday, July 24 // Plymouth Tavern – 1109 State Street

 Hosted by City Councilman Dave Brennan & Lisa Austin of CivitasErie
Cash bar. |  Snacks provided.
All welcome.


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Can bus connections linking NWPA colleges help revitalize Erie County? Hear representatives from Civitas and Adam J Trott Architect, All Aboard Erie, ATU 568, Edinboro University, Erie MPO, Erie MTA, Green Building Alliance, SUNY Buffalo Dept. of Urban Planning discuss the PHERN proposal – the Pennsylvania Higher Education Road Network.