We are, however, not blind to the depredations which have befallen Buffalo and hundreds of other American cities in more than a half-century of urban decline, a decline which threatens the heart of America's civilization.
A prominent urban critic wrote that today's Buffalo resembled a city carpet-bombed in World War II. Others in the popular media brand some areas of the city as looking like ravaged areas in Beirut or Baghdad.
We may reassure ourselves that these critics were engaging in unfair hyperbole given the many attractive features in Buffalo, but these biting words also underscore that our most challenging task is to revitalize neighborhood's crucified by decades of slum and blight. The City of Buffalo's Department of Strategic Planning reports that as many 10,000 dilapidated structures need to be torn down at a staggering cost of $170 - million. Many census tracks in the city show that nearly 40% of the people live in heart-breaking poverty...read the rest...
Additionally the plan calls for a second Housing Court Judge and adoption of a Smart Code...very very good news if you are planning to stick around Buffalo. Call the moving company and cancel the truck to Charlotte. Check out the table of contents. I've hyper-linked the six sections.