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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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Northeast Community Workshop

University Heights,
Kensington Heights,


Assets: Mixed-use nature of Bailey Avenue; historic and architecturally significant buildings; community gardens; McCarthy Park; neighborhood businesses - ABC Hardware, Asian Seafood Market, Gerwitz Hardware.

Strengths: Strong block clubs - Minnesota/Comstock; new housing on William Pierce Pkwy; clusters of stable housing - Highgate, Lisbon, etc.; Great potential for Bailey Avenue to be a mixed-use walkable business district; good corner stores can be assets to neighborhood.

Weaknesses: Industrial uses not compatible with residential, vacant housing and storefronts; streetscape and pedestrian/bicycle facilities in major disrepair; unsightliness of the 33; Green space needs better maintenance; drugs and crime; poor street lighting.

New directions: Urban grocery needed to serve the neighborhood; utilize vacant lots for pocket parks; improve aesthetics and mixed-use nature of business districts - Bailey and Kensington; urban retail center at Central Park Plaza; design standards for new builds; parking behind businesses; rehab existing structures for use by community.

University Heights

Assets: Major employers - UB and VA hospital; golf course as major open/green space; Metro stations provide multimodal transportation; local churches; diverse and unique businesses draw people to neighborhood - Shango's, Parkside Candy, Talking Leaves, etc.; bike path and greenway along old rail corridor.

Strengths: Diverse and historic housing stock with great potential; mixed-use nature of Main Street; access to green space/nature - linear park; adaptive reuse of vacant structures (Bethune Hall); blocks of high owner-occupancy - strong community; walkable and easy access to public transit .

Weaknesses: Vacant residential and commercial properties; absentee landlords; too many poorly maintained rentals/doubles; Kenmore Avenue too auto-centric; bars and drinking; increase in crime.

New directions: Maintain walkability and improve aesthetics of Main Street; mixed-use and streetscaping for Kenmore Avenue maintain and encourage density; increase housing options (seniors); convert rail corridor to permanent green space/park/bike path; pocket parks; integrate new urban infill housing with old; utilize transit.

Kensington Heights

Assets: Historic and iconic buildings (e.g. Uptown Theater); local businesses; diversity; access to public transportation; commercial districts - Bailey, Kensington, Eggert; Roosevelt and McCarthy Parks; local schools and community centers; tight-knit blocks/sense of community.Â

Strengths: Strong and diverse housing stock; easy access to services - walkable; churches, schools, and community centers provide stability; properties maintained and values stable (Martha/Phyllis); owner-occupied and multigenerational.

Weaknesses: Vacant homes and businesses; drugs; increase in crimes; dangerous traffic conditions - Kensington and Eggert; public housing; vandalism and poorly maintained properties; Bailey Avenue needs more mixed-use development.

New directions: Larger lot residential by demolishing vacant structures; more local and community green space; Bailey more mixed use with improved streetscape - storefronts, awnings, trees, lighting (like Elmwood or Hertel); businesses that serve residents.


Assets: Anchor institutions - Canisius College, Sister's Hospital, Trinity Church; local schools; Wakefield community garden; parks and public pool.

Strengths: Manhattan Park has potential for better development; Victoria Street rehab.

Weaknesses: Weak development along Main Street; Vacant lots and vandalism along Jewitt and Rodney; vacant businesses, homes, and lots; streets and sidewalks in poor condition; Underdeveloped - Bennett Village and Liberty Street.

New directions: Fillmore and Main Street more mixed-use and walkable; medium lot residential infill between Fillmore and Richlawn; community gardens/green space spread throughout; reuse Central Park Plaza as auto-oriented business center.

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Buffalo Green Code

The new Buffalo Green Code will be the first opportunity Buffalonians have had in nearly sixty years to establish a new regulatory framework for the development of our neighborhoods.

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