23,000 and Still Counting...

While perusing the National Vacant Properties Campaign website I found this item which may be of some interest to readers of Fix Buffalo Today...
Buffalo LISC, with support of the city and county governments, submitted a request for a regional assessment of vacant properties issues ­ including the depth of the problem and existing systems and policies in place to address it ­ and is hoping to foster broad regional collaboration around finding solutions through the assessment process. There are approx. 23,000 parcels of vacant land and abandoned properties in city of Buffalo alone. In the region, there are another 16,000 vacant and abandoned properties. The Campaign will provide an evaluation of the existing policies, programs, and laws that are currently in place at the local, county and state levels, and provide constructive critiques of those practices and a comparison of the region's existing systems with proven best practices from other cities confronting similar vacant property challenges. The estimated value of this technical assistance is $50,000. (July-August 2005)
LISC - Buffalo under Michael Clark's leadership is stepping to the plate and offering assistance and expertise in helping the people of the City of Buffalo manage 'decline.' Make sure to visit their site and especially the LISC Online Resource Library for additional information about all sorts of important community development issues.


buffalobssessed said...

What happened to Buffalo. Why do you think there are so many vacant homes in the area. I grew up on Long Island (in New York) and honestly I never would have thought of visiting Buffalo. Buffalo to me was equivalent to say.... Siberia in Russia. But, after reading an article in my local paper about the city and subsequent curiousity, I have decided to visit the city and invest. The homes on your site are absolutely beautiful, albeit vacant and in need of TLC, but nonetheless encompassing character. I just don't understand why there are so many vacant properties. What happened?

fix buffalo said...

Thanks for visiting. Please subscribe to my feeds using the bloglet subscription form.

What happened? Well if we ever straighten ourselves out from the dizzyness we are still experiencing I imagine we could stop and ask those fundamental questions. 'Till then, well we're still sort of dazed and confused.

Lots of good positive opportunities for investment. please e-mail me and let me know when you are planning to visit and I'll make sure to have someone available to show you around the neighborhoods. I won't be available untill after 5/6/06.