|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|
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.