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Blueprint Buffalo

Date: Dec 31, 2007
Author(s): Joseph Schilling, Lisa Schamess, Jonathan Logan
Topic(s): Data / Demographics / History: Plans, Housing / Neighborhoods: Housing Conditions and Repairs, Housing / Neighborhoods: Neighborhood Renewal
Type: Report

Regional strategies and local tools for reclaiming vacant properties in the city and suburbs of Buffalo.


Over a period of about nine months, the NVPC team conducted interviews and gath­ered insights that have resulted in this report.  During the study period, Buffalo–Niagara emerged as a region broadly challenged by decades of disinvestment and population loss, but also as a close network of communities singularly blessed with a wealth of historic, transit-friendly, and affordable neighborhoods and commercial areas.  Building on the City of Buffalo’s “asset management” strategy first proposed in 2004 by the Cornell Coopera­tive Extension Association—and now formally adopted by the Buffalo Common Council as part of its comprehensive 20-year plan for the city—the NVPC team sought to reexam­ine how the revitalization of Buffalo’s vacant properties could actually serve as a catalyst to address the region’s other most pressing problems: population loss, a weak real estate market in the inner city, signs of incipient economic instability in older suburbs, quality-of-life issues, school quality, and suburban sprawl.