In the late 1800s and early 1900s, Western New York was a vibrant and thriving community. With the construction of the Erie Canal and the abundance of cheap power in Niagara Falls, Western New York was a goldmine for industrialization, bringing people, jobs, and money to the region. However, in the late 1950s, many industrial companies closed their doors. The resulting deindustrialization led to large amounts of unemployment, and soon people began to leave the city. Migration to newly built suburbs also greatly compounded these issues in established communities, but in more recent times nearly all municipalities of WNY have seen decreasing population as well.
Our cities, towns and villages provide the basis of our community. They are the structure within which we live our lives: going to work, raising our children, attending school, and even just relaxing downtown or at a park. The structure of our urban environment contributes greatly to the quality and character of our lives, which is what the Urban Regeneration Working Group works on. The group aims to reclaim vacant property and advance public policy on building and zoning codes so citizens have the tools they need to revitalize their communities.
Are you ready to revitalize our urban core? Get involved!
- Come to an upcoming meeting to discuss this group’s role in the WNYEA Action Agenda
- Read the previous meeting recaps and meeting minutes
- Sign up for the listserv to join in the discussion and get meeting reminders and alerts
REFERENCES & FURTHER READING:
Check the calendar to find an upcoming meeting for this group
Related Blog Posts
- The Official Alliance Response to the Queen City Landing Project QUEEN CITY LANDING, LLC
COMMENTS FROM THE WESTERN NEW YORK ENVIRONMENTAL ALLIANCE
June 22, 2016
The Common Council of the City of Buffalo, in a six for, three against, vote, approved a restricted use permit for Queen City Landing’s proposed 23 story tower on the Outer Harbor. This action, in addition to the Planning Board’s ‘negative declaration’ of … Read more…
- A Multimedia Event Celebrating Citizen Ideas for Action BY: ONE REGION FORWARD
Join One Region Forward as it celebrates the results of the first year of the Citizen Planning School
Please join One Region Forward and the University at Buffalo School of Architecture and Planning as it celebrates the inaugural year of its Citizen Planning School through a multimedia event called the “Idea Summit.”
Launched … Read more…
- CNU 22: Green Infrastructure & Rainwater BY: JOSHUA BERES, GROWWNY INTERN
This year’s Congress on New Urbanism, a revolutionary urban revival conference entitled CNU 22: The Resilient Community, came to Buffalo, NY. Bright and early on Thursday morning, June 4, I attended my first presentation entitled Rainwater & Green Infrastructure: Best Practice. This presentation was a collaboration of speeches by several different … Read more…