Nicole Capozziello — Jan 7, 2021
This policy brief shares vacant land statistics in Buffalo, highlights Philadelphia as a vacant property transformation case study, and makes the case for community gardens as the ideal form of urban greening for Buffalo.
Jessica Gilbert, Rebekah A. Williams — Oct 22, 2020
While mainstream efforts for reparations center financial
compensation via legislation and litigation, social movements
expand this conceptualization in order to address critical and yet
often overlooked components of reparations. Equitable access to
land and opportunities to heal from intergenerational trauma are
two of these reparations demands that social movements prioritize.
However, there is a dearth of scholarly literature exploring the
role and impact of social movements on reparations. …
Although climate change requires an international response and will require national policies and actions, local geographies have to be involved because it that is where the harms are felt. But how can local and regional areas respond to the climate crisis? This article offers a story of the emergence of a climate justice movement in Buffalo and Western New York as an example of how one community is addressing climate change and its unequal impacts.
Buffalo Commons Photobank — Feb 1, 2019
This photo set is from ArtWorks apprentices who met with PPG and Buffalo Transit Riders United to document public transit issues in July 2018. These high school photographers were under the creative guidance of ArtWorks teaching artist Aitina Fareed-Cooke of Get Fokus'd Productions.
Instructions for downloading: You can preview the photos below and download the zip file in the upper right hand corner for the high resolution images to use in your own materials.
National Fuel (NF) has requested a rate hike of $41.7 million per
year. The Public Service Commission (PSC) should deny this
request because: It will unduly burden low-income customers, who
are already struggling to pay their utility bills; NF is a very
profitable company, with skyrocketing executive compensation and
large dividends; As noted by the PSC’s auditors and other experts,
many of NF’s claimed expenses are questionable; and Instead of
investing in additional fossil …
Traffic is not good or bad –it’s good and bad. For example,
traffic serves stores, restaurants, and cultural
organizations. However, traffic, especially vehicular
traffic, also causes property damage, personal injury, pollution,
illness, and premature death. So, for example, by channeling
motor vehicle traffic on expressways and major urban arterials, we
are concentrating the bad in some places but also starving other
areas of the good. We need to build a …