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.
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.
Assets: Cultural amenities (Zoo, Albright-Knox, Historical Society); cultural attractions like Darwin Martin house; Delaware Park and Parkside streetscape; public and private schools; pedestrian/bicycle amenities pedestrian bridges, bike paths, and traffic circles.
Strengths: Strong community involvement - Crescent, Vernon Triangle, Central Park, etc.; amenities within walking distance; no vacancy, diverse mix of historic homes; potential reuse of historic structures (e.g. Pierce-Arrow building).
Weaknesses: Main Street vacancies; high speed traffic from 198; auto-oriented streets/businesses; traffic too fast; chain convenience/drug stores not investing in neighborhood; improve walkability.
New directions: Redevelop Great Arrow at Delaware similar to Larkin District; Mixed-use Main Street infused with new residential and green space; slow traffic and improve pedestrian/bicycle access on Delaware Avenue; downgrade 198 and include more green space.
North Delaware/North Park
Assets: Delaware Park and the Zoo; Hertel Avenue commercial strip; adaptive reuse of historic structures; Mix of styles, sizes and price of housing stock (Elmwood, Linden, Commonwealth, etc.); Community services YMCA, community center, library; public transit.
Strengths: Former railroad R.O.W great potential for redevelopment; Hertel Avenue is heart of the community; single family and strong homeownership; great housing stock; iconic buildings (e.g. North Park Theater); many unique neighborhood businesses that serve needs of surrounding community.
Weaknesses: Target commercial center high speed traffic and not contextual with neighborhood; suburban style development; vacant former industrial areas; little or no bike access; Kenmore Avenue crumbling infrastructure and disjointed development; lack of street trees.
New directions: Hertel reinforced as traditional urban commercial street; Breakup Target/Tops lots with additional infill development; encourage small local businesses not big box; emphasize verticality rather than horizontality between Elmwood and Delaware; vacant lots used for new urban infill housing/mixed-use; R.O.W redeveloped as neighborhood green space.
Shoshone and Central Park
Assets: Neighborhood parks and green space Burke's Green and Shoshone Park; Walkability and mixed-use of Hertel Avenue many unique and local businesses; Former railway used as bike path and nature trail; Adaptive reuse of old churches; Neighborhood schools.
Strengths: Large lot single family homes appreciate in value and sell quickly; various styles of local architecture; new retail and continued investment along Hertel Avenue; commercial corridor serves neighborhood; strong neighborhood associations Central Park; Colvin Estates new housing in Buffalo.
Weaknesses: Shoshone Park not maintained; absentee landlords and poorly maintained duplexes; vacant schools/buildings should be redeveloped; accessibility/parking issues on Hertel Avenue; improve lighting to increase safety; Kenmore Avenue too auto-centric; neighborhoods in transition.
New Directions: More pedestrian friendly mixed-use development along Kenmore Avenue; develop rail line into greenway/bike path; parking behind businesses not upfront; vacant buildings into housing senior housing, apartments, condos; fill in streetscape gaps with mixed-use; "grow taller".