I wasn’t able to make the second round of meetings but will continue to be involved as I can.
Before buildings are demolished, except in emergency situations such as fires, plans for the land use should be made before the demolition.
the Old First Ward is a place I love. I hate to see the blight moving farther and farther into the neighborhood. We need to address this. We also need cooperation from the Center’s director to work with the stakeholders to clean up the area.
Linwood Preservation District is a jewel neighborhood in the City of Buffalo - we would love help in resolving some of the neighborhood issues; such as poorly maintained properties - and absentee landlords!
Better enforcement of existing codes will solve most problems in Oxford Square and surrounding neighborhood.
I am sorry that “El Waseem’s” was forced out of business.They should not have been held responsible to littering or irresponsible or illegal behavior of customers or loiterers outside the store…
“The business of America is business…”
JMH (11 March 2011)
THE “ACTIVE” GNPA’S SHOULD BE INVITED AS “ACTIVE” PARTNERS IN THIS INITIATIVE.
NEIGHBORHOOD RESIDENTS HAVE BEEN MEETING FOR OVER 7 YEARS TO DISCUSS SIMILAR ISSUES. THE MASTER PLANS THAT THEY DEVELOPED SHOULD BE CLOSELY REVIEWED FOR WELL THOUGHT-OUT INITIATIVES.
(THERE IS A TREMENDOUS AMOUNT OF KNOWLEDGE WITHIN THOSE “ACTIVE” GROUPS, AND POTENTIAL LEADERSHIP THAT WILL BE REQUIRED WHEN YOU GET INTO THE IMPLEMENTATION STAGE. (REVIEW THE EB-GNPA’S COMMUNITY PLAN AND ITS MEMBERSHIP)
THE NEIGHBORHOOD PLANS OF ACTIVE “GOOD NEIGHBOR PLANNING ALLIANCES” (GNPA’s) SHOULD BE USED AS ANOTHER TOOL TO DETERMINE THE NEEDS AND DESIRES OF THE RESPECTIVE NEIGHBORHOODS.
AS AN EXAMPLE, THE “EAST BUFFALO-GOOD NEIGHBOR PLANNING ALLIANCE” (EB-GNPA) PLAN FOR 5 NEIGHBORHOODS (BROADWAY/FILLMORE, EMERSON, LOVEJOY, BABCOCK AND KAISERTOWN) WAS DEVELOPED OVER THE PAST 7 YEARS, BY HOLDING MONTHLY MEETINGS OF COMMUNITYLEADERS/REPRESENTATIVES.
THE PLANS WERE APPROVED BY BUFFALO’S OFFICE OF STRATEGIC PLANNING, THE PLANNING BOARD AND THE COMMON COUNCIL. IT IS A COMPONENT OF “THE QUEEN CITY IN THE 21ST CENTURY; BUFFALO’S COMPREHENSIVE PLAN”. IT CAN BE VIEWED ON THE CITY’S WEB SITE.
FURTHER, THE NEIGHBORHOOD LEADERS WHO FORMED THE MEMBERSHIP OF THE GNPA’S SHOULD BE BROUGHT-IN DURING THE REVIEW PERIOD, AND THEN, USED AS PROPONENTS FOR GATHERING NEIGHBORHOOD SUPPORT, DURING THE APPROVAL STAGE.
MEETING HELD IN NORTH BUFFALO WAS EXCELLENT. RESIDENTS WERE ABLE TO POINT OUT THE GOOD, BAD THINGS ABOUT THEIR NEIGHBORHOOD. ALSO TALKED ABOUT WAS THE FUTURE PLANS AND IDEAS. IF THERE ARE ANY FUTURE MEETINGS OR COMMITTEES PLEASE INFORM ME OF THE TIME AND DATE VIA E-MAIL.
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