I grew up in Amherst, NY, in the Hamlet of Snyder, where walking and riding my bike were my main means of transportation to school and work at the local public library.
Our 2017-2018 Annual Report was recently released at a meeting of more than 200 people including our Board of Directors and members, along with community leaders.
This week, the Buffalo Niagara Partnership released a report that takes a closer look at the impact of Buffalo’s renaissance on the downtown housing market. Downtown Buffalo: Looking Ahead with a Clearer View also highlights the success of several economic development programs, including the Buffalo Building Reuse Project (BBRP). The goal of this report is to stimulate conversation and action that will keep Buffalo growing.
It’s no secret that Buffalo is on the rise. Articles are being written about us, cranes can be seen in downtown Buffalo, people are moving back and there are economic development initiatives that have the ability to continue driving our city forward. To say it’s an exciting time to live in Buffalo would be an understatement.
With all of this happening, it’s important to remember that in order for a city to rise, its people and communities must rise with it. Currently there are a large number of Buffalonians living below the poverty line, working families who have to ask themselves how they will heat their homes this winter and put food on their tables. There is still a lot of work to be done.
The Niagara Frontier Transportation Authority (NFTA) is evaluating the potential expansion of its metro-rail service; a 6.4-mile light rail line that runs from downtown Buffalo to the University at Buffalo’s South Campus.
Since before its original debut some 30 years ago, Western New York residents have been talking about extending the line four additional miles to the University’s larger North Campus.
The Niagara Frontier Transportation Authority (NFTA) is currently in the process of assessing transit options at both ends of the Metro Rail. The system has served Buffalo along its 6.4 mile route since its completion in the mid-1980s. This line has remained relatively unchanged for 30 years.
However, the economic and transportation needs of the city and region have evolved in recent years. Growth and development in the Canalside and Cobblestone districts have brought many more people to the southern end of Metro Rail, and with additional development planned, the popularity of these areas will likely continue to increase.
The momentum in downtown Buffalo continues, as buildings, streets and neighborhoods are coming back to life.
New restaurants are opening throughout downtown and new housing units are leased nearly as fast as they become available.