Urban Regeneration

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
  • Sign up for the listserv to join in the discussion and get meeting reminders and alerts
  • Read the previous meeting recaps and meeting minutes
  Working Group Details:
  • Working Group Chair — Arthur Wheaton
  • Click here if you would like to contact the Chair of this Working Group
  • Check the calendar to confirm date, time and location of Working Group meetings.


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