Here's the expanding post regarding - St. Matthew's History
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As Toronto continues to creep steadily forward on its waterfront redevelopment plan – the master scheme for the foot of the Don River and Portlands, released just a month ago, is still several years away from starting – Buffalo has already begun building what it hopes will be the anchor of a reinvigorated waterfront.
Robert Shibley is the director of the University of Buffalo's Urban Design Project. The city's wounds may have been cauterized, he says, but it's not done bleeding. "We're still losing population. We have a huge infrastructure of vacant land and weak neighbourhoods. And the demographics aren't great."
Shibley was courted from Oregon in 1982, when Buffalo was bottoming out. "The pitch to me was to come here because it has every problem in the world you'd ever want to study. It's small enough to get your arms around and you're only an hour and a half from Toronto," he laughs.
"Every day you'd pick up the paper and there'd be another insurance fire on the east side. We were losing housing stock, and population, very, very quickly. It was grim. It was very grim. But at the same time, it was challenging."
It was 2000, and in a breath of fresh air befitting the new century in a city long suffering from a stale, crony- based political culture, the Preservation Coalition of Erie County led a passionate grass-roots campaign to develop a historically sensitive Erie Canal district that honored the archaeological remains of a site known the world over.
Our vision seized the imaginations of 15,000 Buffalonians who signed petitions calling for restoring the Commercial Slip and unearthing the original street network of Buffalo’s birthplace.Out of this participatory process, a consensus plan emerged with design - read the rest...
But in this case we bow our heads to Larry Quinn, Bob and Mindy Rich and everyone who gave away our place in history to Benderson and Bass Pro. In the “obstructionism” game, they make us look like rank amateurs.
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This study examined the location and neighborhood characteristics of parolees and probationers to support the evaluation and effectiveness of the Project Safe Neighborhoods (PSN) Project in Buffalo, NY. This project brings together the law enforcement community to reduce gun violence though Notification Sessions for these offenders. In this case, offenders from Federal, County, and State agencies identified as being at high risk for committing gun violence over a 2.5 year period were examined. Of these, the locations of offenders residing in Buffalo were examined to determine the neighborhood characteristics for each. A Social Stress Index (SSI) was created using - read the rest...Ouch!
Yesterday - back in the 90's, Transfiguration and St. Matthew's, were lost. Tomorrow - well, Bishop Kmiec is just getting ready to make the announcement about the latest church closings. Meanwhile he still lives at 79 Oakland Place, the Diocese still owns a vibrant - lovely terra cotta building at 785 Main Street and manages the mostly vacant - and desired devlopment spot just outside of East Aurora - here, Christ The King Seminary.Just like Land Banking, selling 79 Oakland Place is becoming part of the emerging conversation here in Buffalo as we look to right-sizing and rescuing our City and bringing it back from the brink.
Seems to me that if the Bishop desired to return to the City and model the behavior necessary to turn the tide and fill the pews once again, he could. With three of the most desirable properties under his thumb (79 Oakland is one of the most expensive residences in the City, Main Street could fill a shortage of downtown class A office space and the seminary, well...) there are plenty of resources to shore up - and moth-ball - some of the most vibrant pieces of our cultural heritage here in the City.
Then again, what do I know? Flipping (off) Jesus is the latest chapter in Diocesan Deaccession. It's what happens on the urban prairie, the abandoned, forgotten and vacant steppes of Buffalo.
Queen City Farm is an exciting urban agriculture and preservation initiative that is a collaboration of numerous individuals and organizations in and around Buffalo but we need you to make it happen. Join us on Monday, May 21st at 5:30 for an evening of film and art sponsored by Greater Buffalo Savings Bank at their Pierce-Arrow Showroom on the corner of Main and Jewett in Buffalo. QCF will present for the first time a short film from local documentarian and Rotary member John Paget. The evening will also feature a silent auction of original Buffalo themed artwork and a Chinese auction of Buffalo area gifts and merchandise. Check out our website (www.queencityfarm.org) for more information and feel free to pass this notice along to anyone who loves Buffalo, preservation, gardening or food.fixBuffalo readers have been getting the news about Queen City Farm as it happens. Here's a recent post with all sorts of background links with flickr slide shows of the buildings interior and exterior...
In cooperation with HUD, the US Postal Service is now releasing quarterly data on vacant and undeliverable addresses by Census Tract. Where Buffalo and Erie County have been lacking a city-wide regularly updated primary data source on vacancy and abandonment rates, this data represents a powerful on-the-ground tool for tracking these trends at the neighborhood level.
This data does not represent structures, but separate mailing addresses. If there are two units in a house it would count as two addresses; if there are ten commercial offices in a single building, it would count as ten addresses. HUD has not yet been able to determine from its conversations with USPS how, if, or when PO Boxes are factored into this information.
The data that the USPS does collect represents chronic vacancy...read the rest...
A few attachments arrived with the email. Two data sets and two maps.
I've merged both data sets into two shared spreadsheets. The first data set - Buffalo USPS raw data 2006. The second set contains the equally disturbing trend data - Buffalo USPS trend data 2006. Here's the interpretive dictionary [.pdf] from HUD describing the various numbers.
A cursory analysis of this data reveals by the end of the first quarter of 2007 (Q1 2007) Buffalo had lost 1,692 deliverable addresses since Q1 2006, representing a decrease of 1.4% of the city’s total addresses. During that time, the total number of all addresses fell 527, from 137,292 to 136,765 for a decrease of .4%. After accounting for demolition activity, then, this translates to 1,162 more undeliverable addresses than last year at this time.
Do the math...100 addresses/month are disappearing from Buffalo. Even if all these addresses represent two-family houses, that's 10 houses/week that are vacated every week!
Last month, I posted - Ouch! - regarding population loss here in Buffalo, NY. One of criticisms involved in using census data is that some people claim that it's not reliable and we should wait for the 2010 data to filter down. But, folks...the Post Office! These people know how to count...and the numbers are real...
Question of course remains why we are not adopting the best practices that are emerging in places like Youngstown, OH...
if the first broken window in a building is not repaired, then people who like breaking windows will assume that no one cares about the building and more windows will be broken. Soon the building will have no windows...fixBuffalo readers will remember this series - Boarding Control, Part II and Part III - and this recent post about the persistent problems with Rev. Stenhouse's failure to properly secure four houses along Michigan Avenue - right here - directly across the street from his church, Bethel A.M.E.
- James Q. Wilson "Broken Windows"