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Former Client Profile: Oswego, New York

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This fall, Paul Stewart, former czb client and Executive Director of The Oswego Renaissance Association, was interviewed on the Strong Towns podcast.

In Stewart’s interview he describes: “There had just been neighborhoods declining, blight increasing, property values stagnant or dropping… this was in 2009 or 2010.  I became very concerned [for Oswego’s neighborhoods].  I just felt like this was not sustainable.”

“I did a lot of research online and I came across an approach called the Healthy Neighborhoods approach... and I found out that there was a few other cities, Jamestown, New York and Geneva, New York in New York that were doing this approach with much success...  one thing led to another and I got in touch with czb and they agreed to do a study of our city.”

”What [czb] found in that year of work through collaborative work with us… was that there had been a snowball loss of confidence in our neighborhoods… we were pulling out of our own neighborhoods, of our own city, both economically and socially.  [Through this process] we were shown that we have the capacity to revitalize our neighborhoods and community.”

For Paul’s full interview on the Strong Towns podcast, please visit

For more information about czb’s work with the Oswego Renaissance Association, please visit: