Citizens for Regional Transit — Aug 23, 2019
This policy brief provides information regarding the expansion of NFTA metro-rail services in east-side Buffalo to the Buffalo Niagara International Airport.
This policy brief offers an overview of the 2020 Census: what it is and why it matters for Western New York.
Buffalo’s housing market faces four severe challenges:
affordability, job access, inclusiveness, and quality.
Inclusionary zoning is a proven tool for addressing all four
issues. Inclusionary zoning asks that when a developer
creates new housing units, it reserve a certain percent for
affordable housing. Thus, inclusionary zoning leverages the
power of the market to create more high-quality affordable housing
units, often near job centers and transit lines, and to make …
Adam Hains — Feb 10, 2017
Hains reviews the basic framework of federal and state laws aimed at preventing lead poisoning. Given the growing body of research that even small amounts of lead cause can decrease cognitive performance and increase behavioral problems, Hains suggests that New York State lower its threshold of concern and supply additional funding, so that more children receive case management services and more units get their lead problems abated.
Fidèle Menavanza Jun 22, 2016
On December 1, 2015, the City of Buffalo’s Common Council passed a
resolution placing a moratorium on the sale of city-owned lots in
the Fruit Belt neighborhood. The Fruit Belt includes the area
enclosed by Cherry Street, Jefferson Avenue, Best Street, Main
Street, Goodell Street, and Michigan Avenue – a neighborhood where
the City of Buffalo owns over 200 vacant lots. The City
promised not to sell lots to developers until “a duly approved
strategic plan” had …
Jonathan Baird — Sep 30, 2011
The City of Buffalo holds an annual foreclosure auction to collect
on delinquent taxes and fees owed by its residents. This is a
way for the City to raise revenue that would otherwise go unpaid
and for Buffalo citizens to buy buildings and lots at bargain
prices. But the foreclosure process is imposing a high cost
upon some of Buffalo’s most vulnerable citizens, creating an
unnecessary burden on people trying to stay in their homes, and
adding to the already existing epidemic …