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Strength and Weakness:

To lay a foundation for future land use decisions, workshop participants were asked to assess the current dynamics in their neighborhoods. Participants identified strong blocks that should remain unchanged, weak blocks that could benefit from change and areas where there are transportation issues. Feel free to explore the results in the interactive map above.

New Directions:

After diagnosing strengths and weaknesses, participants were asked to suggest some "new directions" for blocks that they thought were in need of change. Participants pointed to areas where there should be more green space, new residential development, a better mix of uses, increased retail activity and additional business opportunities. Click on the links below to explore the results by the type of new land use direction.

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Central Community Workshop

Central Community Workshop

Downtown and West Village,
Inner Harbor and Outer Harbor




Downtown and West Village



Assets: Historic Architecture - City Hall, Market Arcade, The Mansion, churches, Electric Tower, Guarantee Building, Hotel Lafayette; new investment - housing development, 700 block of Main, Federal Court House, Avant, New Era; public places - dog park, Lafayette square, Niagara Square, Fountain Plaza, Johnson Park, LaSalle park, HSBC Arena, Coca-Cola Field, Central Library; Districts - Cobblestone, Theatre; local business - Pearl Street Brewery, Washington Market.

Strengths: Cobblestone district; Pearl in Theatre District; 700 block of Main; Genesee Gateway; West Village - Rabin, Whitney, Johnson, Tupper; Flower District; Edward from Delaware to Tupper; Cathedral Park; highway connections to the region.

Weaknesses: Oak - Elm Corridor; disinvestment along Niagara St.; buildings interrupting historic street grid; disinvestment along Main St.; gaps in storefronts; confusing traffic patterns; no retail; poor access to LaSalle Park; surface parking lots; speeding traffic on Church St; underutilized buildings - Statler, Main Place Mall.

New directions: Create more green space; reconnect disrupted street grid; encourage more retail development; continue residential development; infill surface parking; encourage more mixed-use with retail and services at street level; calm traffic - Church, Oak - Elm, Delaware; build a supermarket; develop more museums and tourist attractions.


Inner and Outer Harbor



Assets: Times Beach; Erie Canal Terminus; naval park, bike path; Erie Basin Marina; small boat harbor; Grain Elevators; views of the lake; lighthouse.

Strengths: Inner Harbor; active recreation - walking and biking paths; wildlife sanctuaries; concentration of grain elevators; waterfront village; marinas.

Weaknesses: Poor access to the waterfront - Erie St. from water to downtown, Route 5, I-190 and Skyway, lack of signage, confusing traffic pattern, unsafe for pedestrians; high-rise buildings out of character with waterfront.

New directions: Improve access to water; make Erie St. more pedestrian friendly; develop mixed-use in character with waterfront; reconnect the Inner and Outer harbor with a bridge; develop more formal green space along Outer Harbor.

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