Thanksgiving Day Walk - 2008

The neighborhood is really so quiet on a holiday, more than usual. I walked down Michigan Avenue to Laurel and wound my way to Masten Park. I walked by a number of places that had been demolished during the past year that shouldn't have been and a number of places that should have been demolished and haven't.
Laurel/Michigan - one block from Main Street. see more urban prairie pics
The Masten Armory is such an imposing place while Masten Park, built on top of a former reservoir that provided Buffalo's drinking water, offers some amazing views of the City.
Here's a few more pics and places that caught my eye while my fingers froze on this November afternoon.
ArtspaceBAVPAWoodlawn Row HousesfixBuffalo flickr
Creative ClassShrinking CitiesSaturdays in the neighborhood


Anonymous said...

Mr. Torke. Oh my gosh! The last 4 pics in your urban prairie clickons appear to be completely covered in gorgeous Kentucky Blue Grass and Creeping Red Fescue!!!

Those last 4 pictures look as if that land is ready for pastorial gentrified estates being built and landscaped--but as acreage, not lots.

If someone at the top of the middle class wanted to experience life in the country while being near downtown Buffalo,those lots are the places to build.

Change the legal purchase specifications of lots to acres.

I do not like the idea of land banking (landbanking). The only definition I can find simply mesns land-leasing and land-grabbing.

I suspect landbanking ia to be reserved for bigger uses than houses and family neighborhoods in the manipulated future of Buffalo's Eastern area.

If that is true, then affordable neighborhoods won't be returning for families.

fixBuffalo said...


Care to elaborate about the relationship between 'landbanking' and affordability of middle-class family developments.

Anonymous said...

I didn't connect landbanking with middle-class families. I changed to a new paragraph meaning a new thought.

I probably should have specified more directly such as typing that I was changing to a new thought, or, typed a divider to a new thought; a *divider such as a line across the page between the fourth and fifth paragraphs.

As for landbanking (land banking), there are two different trains of thought. One thought concerns the development of cities that are healthy and growing outward. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Land_banking.

That would be cities that CAN grow outward.

The other thought is about redevelopment of cities in decline. http://www.umich.edu/~econdev/landbank/

Also, Buffalo, NY can't legally spread its boundaries outward as most other cities in the USA can.

Is the land in your four 'urban prairie' pictures landbanked?