On May 7, 2018, PPG released a report on A Brief History of Segregation in Buffalo for the Open Buffalo Innovation Lab. This policy report was drafted by Anna Blatto, a senior at the University at Buffalo. It explores the history of segregation in Buffalo and offers policy suggestions for the years ahead.
Buffalo-Niagara is one of the most racially segregated metropolitan regions in the nation. While racial segregation has declined slightly in recent years, economic segregation has increased, resulting in neighborhood conditions growing worse – not better – for most people of color in the region. Segregation imposes a wide range of costs on people of color, impairing their health, education, job access, and wealth. Individuals living in segregated neighborhoods tend to have less access to services that allow adequate standards of living, and their economic mobility is severely impaired.
SEGREGATION IN ERIE COUNTY
SEGREGATION IN THE CITY OF BUFFALO
As cities like Buffalo experience new economic development efforts, those concentrated in segregated neighborhoods may not benefit from positive changes being made elsewhere. In this report, we offer a snapshot of segregation in the region and explore some of the policies and practices that created it.
Read the full report here: A City Divided: A Brief History of Segregation in Buffalo