First, the ultimate fate of the Stevens family's plan to farm a couple of acres of vacant land near the City's historic Broadway Market hasn't been decided. There's a growing comment stream from a Buffalo News blog post - Down on the Farm - that shouldn't be missed. And Artvoice editor Geoff Kelly has taken the lead and turned the City's decision to deny their request into a larger piece about city planning and the wholesale lack of vision that the Brown Administration has regarding innovate landuse planning. His post shouldn't be missed either - Moratorium: No More New Builds.
Buffalo ReUse established a community garden on two empty lots over on Eaton Street. Here a couple of pics I snapped recently. Make sure to check out the garden's bounty from the Buffalo ReUse flickr stream and slide show of the Eaton Street Community Garden.
Part I, Part II, Part III, Part IV and Part V - I noticed that two of Belmont's houses are planned for this little piece of paradise. Buffalo ReUse folks have recently confirmed this. One of the many issues here is that there was zero public input into the site selection process for the Belmont Plan. When there are literally hundreds of empty city owned lots in the their target area. Why these two lots? The garden is contributing on so many levels to the neighborhood and providing food to people in one of Buffalo's poorest neighborhoods. Again - why these two lots?
These issues - involving site selection for new builds - are central to how well Buffalo, a shrinking city, is managing decline. We're actually not doing that well. Public policy has to change. City officials need to address more effective land use policies that reflect the real desires, health and welfare of residents and people, like the Stevens, who want to move here. Is it time for a moratorium on the construction of new builds?
Artspace • BAVPA • Woodlawn Row Houses • fixBuffalo flickr
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