Buffalo 10th Least Segregated City for College Grads
Among the city’s highly educated Buffalo is one of the 10 least segregated cities in the country along with its sister city of Rochester. This gives hope that Buffalo can see a change from its long-standing position as one of the most segregated cities in the nation. The study looked to find which college graduates segregated themselves within each city and Buffalo was one of the most egalitarian.
Cities such as Houston, Los Angeles, Dallas, Charlotte, and Chicago were some of the most segregated and revealed these characteristics:

“Metros with greater levels of segregation of college graduates also tend to have greater levels of economic inequality…. Human capital segregation is closely associated with both wage inequality (.55) and income inequality (.55). More specifically… income inequality explains roughly a third of the variation in the segregation of highly educated people across metros in a simple regression analysis.”

Buffalo 10th Least Segregated City for College Grads

Among the city’s highly educated Buffalo is one of the 10 least segregated cities in the country along with its sister city of Rochester. This gives hope that Buffalo can see a change from its long-standing position as one of the most segregated cities in the nation. The study looked to find which college graduates segregated themselves within each city and Buffalo was one of the most egalitarian.

Cities such as Houston, Los Angeles, Dallas, Charlotte, and Chicago were some of the most segregated and revealed these characteristics:

Metros with greater levels of segregation of college graduates also tend to have greater levels of economic inequality…. Human capital segregation is closely associated with both wage inequality (.55) and income inequality (.55). More specifically… income inequality explains roughly a third of the variation in the segregation of highly educated people across metros in a simple regression analysis.

Beyond Blue & Gold - Dominik Hasek

Although Buffalo has just finished enduring one of the Sabres worst seasons ever this 2014 inductee to the Sabres Hall of Fame harkens back to some of the best seasons in team history. Rick Jeanneret, another Sabres Hall-of-Famer, calls Dominik Hasek the "best goaltender I ever saw play the game - absolutely.”

This Beyond Blue & Gold episode shows brilliant cuts from Hasek’s extraordinary reign in Buffalo culminating with the third overtime of Game 6 of the 1999 Stanley Cup Finals where Brett Hull scored on Hasek with his foot clearly in the crease, winning the Cup for the Stars. Remarking on Buffalo Hasek remarks that he is "…very proud, very proud to be a Sabre, not only a part of the organization, but part of the community."

Buffalo Grain Elevator Digital Print
by James Greenwald Design
Going Home: My Love Affair With Buffalo, New York
Lyndsey Hyatt of the Daily Sampler is a successful Buffalo expat that finds there truly is no place like home. Hyatt is one of a number of people coming back to Buffalo and responsible for the gaining population of a city that had known only loss for decades. Hyatt has traveled around the world but still prefers Buffalo the most saying:

“You’ve heard that Buffalo is among the most affordable places to live in the US, best places to raise a family, and more importantly, the only acceptable place to eat chicken wings in most of the world. This is true, I’ve done the research. But what you don’t hear, is that despite all the challenges it faces, Buffalo does, in fact, have everything.”

Going Home: My Love Affair With Buffalo, New York

Lyndsey Hyatt of the Daily Sampler is a successful Buffalo expat that finds there truly is no place like home. Hyatt is one of a number of people coming back to Buffalo and responsible for the gaining population of a city that had known only loss for decades. Hyatt has traveled around the world but still prefers Buffalo the most saying:

You’ve heard that Buffalo is among the most affordable places to live in the US, best places to raise a family, and more importantly, the only acceptable place to eat chicken wings in most of the world. This is true, I’ve done the research. But what you don’t hear, is that despite all the challenges it faces, Buffalo does, in fact, have everything.

The End of Winter
Photograph © Jason Pawlak

Public Accountability Initiative

This video and accompanying article produced by Harper S. E. Bishop focuses on Kevin Connor and his Buffalo-based organization - Public Accountability Inititative. PAI is a “watchdog research group focused on corporation and government accountability… related to energy, finance, predatory financial issues, or wasteful government subsidies." In addition they run the free research tracking database, LittleSis, as an “opposite Big Brother… tracking information on powerful people and organizations.”

PAI’s research has been featured in the Washington Post, New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, and the AP making national headlines including a recent revelation surrounding the proposed Time Warner Cable and Comcast merger. Connor, originally from Boston, deliberately chose Buffalo for the organization:

"Buffalo has a lot of things going for it, as a place to locate any organization, it is a a really beautiful community, it’s a really affordable one, I’d say it’s on a sort of upwards trajectory after decades of disinvestment. I came to Buffalo six and a half years ago and I really fell in love with this place and that’s definitely a big part of the reason why we’re here, the community, I think it’s a beautiful city, and I really feel the potential here, and I really enjoy the energy of people kind of making things happen."

'Big victory' for Buffalo water quality

It’s been said Buffalo has done more than any other Great Lakes city to reconnect with its waterfront with projects like the Buffalo River cleanup, brownfield restoration, an urban wind farm, and improvements along the Inner and Outer Harbor. Despite all these efforts Buffalo still has the major problem of the ancient combined overflow sewer system beneath the city that releases “1.75 billion gallons of raw sewage and untreated storm water overflows into the Niagara River" annually.

The Buffalo Sewer Authority agreed to a $380 million upgrade to the city’s sewer system that will reduce overflow by 70% over the next 20 years. While this is an excellent improvement it falls 27% short of their estimated 97% overflow reduction rate with a very high cost. The improvement is a necessary part of Buffalo’s “Blue Economy Initiative" and EPA administrator Judith Enck states that this agreement will "finally [get] this area in compliance with the Clean Water Act.

Liberty & Justice
Photograph by Robert Thuerck

Liberty & Justice

Photograph by Robert Thuerck

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Yemeni Entrepreneurs are thriving on the East Side
The Buffalo News takes an in-depth look at the immigrants who embraced Buffalo’s East Side after years of exodus by traditional business. Despite making up less than 2% of the city’s population Yemeni entrepreneurs have nearly monopolized all the convenience stores located on the East Side in addition to opening gas stations, clothing stores, and beauty shops.
Compared to the 3 convenience stores owned by the African-American majority, the Yemenis acquired and opened over 120 convenience stores on the East Side crediting the hard work ethic of their home country. While banks have been hesitant to loan money to businesses on the East Side Yemeni entrepreneurs have pooled money between family and friends and are now ready to take businesses on the East Side to the next level. Yemeni entrepreneurs have been successful across the country in places like Brooklyn, Detroit, and Oakland.

Yemeni Entrepreneurs are thriving on the East Side

The Buffalo News takes an in-depth look at the immigrants who embraced Buffalo’s East Side after years of exodus by traditional business. Despite making up less than 2% of the city’s population Yemeni entrepreneurs have nearly monopolized all the convenience stores located on the East Side in addition to opening gas stations, clothing stores, and beauty shops.

Compared to the 3 convenience stores owned by the African-American majority, the Yemenis acquired and opened over 120 convenience stores on the East Side crediting the hard work ethic of their home country. While banks have been hesitant to loan money to businesses on the East Side Yemeni entrepreneurs have pooled money between family and friends and are now ready to take businesses on the East Side to the next level. Yemeni entrepreneurs have been successful across the country in places like Brooklyn, Detroit, and Oakland.

All America City Video Contest 2011 - City of Buffalo - Riverside

An under-watched video created for the 2011 All America City Awards features Riverside - Buffalo’s most northwestern neighborhood. Riverside and its southern neighbor, Black Rock, were once a pair of vibrant neighborhoods resting along the banks of the world-famous Niagara River. However, the creation of the Niagara Expressway choked them from their waterfront access and as a result they have suffered decades of decline.

The video shows that today Riverside is beginning to rebound through historic preservation and organizations like the Sunset Drum Circle and the Riverside Community Garden. Since the video both Black Rock and Riverside have continued returning to life including businesses come back to Amherst Street and Riverwalk improvements. Yet, the biggest success for these communities would be the removal of a stretch of the Niagara Expressway so these neighborhoods could be reunited with the waterfront that once defined them.

Peeking Terminal
Photograph © Jason Pawlak
The Future of the Scajaquada Corridor
The Scajaquada Expressway was forged over a half-century ago at the price of Buffalo’s most central park, grotesquely splitting it down the middle, held together by only a single pedestrian bridge. Now the NY198 needs reconstruction and preliminary costs run as high as $85 million, a price no one is willing to pay. Recognizing the stark contrast of the highway the Department of Transportation is putting forth a $22 million plan to downgrade 3.3 miles of the Scajaquada into a park-friendlier boulevard including antique lighting, trees, a 40 mph speed limit, and the elimination of 15 entrance and exit ramps.
Yet, many who attended the public hearing at Buffalo State College still felt the state was trying to put lipstick on a pig and called for everything from slower speed limits to the complete removal of the highway. The call for highway removal has been gaining momentum in both Buffalo and the urban planning community at large. Part of the Robert Moses Expressway is being removed in Niagara Falls as part of the Buffalo billion. This money could also be the solution for how to solve the logistical issue of where to redirect the Scajaquada’s 65,000 cars that cross it per day and make Delaware Park whole again. To share your opinion on the future of the Scajaquada Corridor contact the Department of Transportation or attend the next public meeting to be held in May.
Photograph by Robert Thuerck

The Future of the Scajaquada Corridor

The Scajaquada Expressway was forged over a half-century ago at the price of Buffalo’s most central park, grotesquely splitting it down the middle, held together by only a single pedestrian bridge. Now the NY198 needs reconstruction and preliminary costs run as high as $85 million, a price no one is willing to pay. Recognizing the stark contrast of the highway the Department of Transportation is putting forth a $22 million plan to downgrade 3.3 miles of the Scajaquada into a park-friendlier boulevard including antique lighting, trees, a 40 mph speed limit, and the elimination of 15 entrance and exit ramps.

Yet, many who attended the public hearing at Buffalo State College still felt the state was trying to put lipstick on a pig and called for everything from slower speed limits to the complete removal of the highway. The call for highway removal has been gaining momentum in both Buffalo and the urban planning community at large. Part of the Robert Moses Expressway is being removed in Niagara Falls as part of the Buffalo billion. This money could also be the solution for how to solve the logistical issue of where to redirect the Scajaquada’s 65,000 cars that cross it per day and make Delaware Park whole again. To share your opinion on the future of the Scajaquada Corridor contact the Department of Transportation or attend the next public meeting to be held in May.

Photograph by Robert Thuerck

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Neighborhood Cleanup
Months of snow has covered a lot of trash that is now revealing itself with the Spring air. Help clean up the Lower West Side, one of the most historic and culturally diverse neighborhoods in the city. Teams will be able to help clean their city and eat some pizza all between the hours of 1PM and 4PM this Saturday, April 12th. This cleanup is sponsored by Heart of the City Neighborhoods and Keep the West Side Beautiful.

Neighborhood Cleanup

Months of snow has covered a lot of trash that is now revealing itself with the Spring air. Help clean up the Lower West Side, one of the most historic and culturally diverse neighborhoods in the city. Teams will be able to help clean their city and eat some pizza all between the hours of 1PM and 4PM this Saturday, April 12th. This cleanup is sponsored by Heart of the City Neighborhoods and Keep the West Side Beautiful.

Statler City
Photograph by Robert Thuerck

Statler City

Photograph by Robert Thuerck

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Public Commenting on New York High Speed Rail Extended Through April
April 30th is the deadline for public commentary on high speed rail service called the Empire Corridor. The best upgrade would cost $14.71 billion dollars guaranteeing travel between New York City and Niagara Falls in just 6 hours compared to the current 9.5 hours. Buffalo, southeast of Niagara Falls, would be able to be reached in just 5 hours from NYC. The Buffalo Central Terminal has long hoped for a high speed rail improvement that would restore and reopen the historic structure. From the New York State’s High Speed Rail Vision:

“New York State has one of the most comprehensive and intensively-used passenger and freight transportation systems in the nation. It provides energy-efficient mobility for passengers and contributes to the economic vitality of the state and the nation.”

Public Commenting on New York High Speed Rail Extended Through April

April 30th is the deadline for public commentary on high speed rail service called the Empire Corridor. The best upgrade would cost $14.71 billion dollars guaranteeing travel between New York City and Niagara Falls in just 6 hours compared to the current 9.5 hours. Buffalo, southeast of Niagara Falls, would be able to be reached in just 5 hours from NYC. The Buffalo Central Terminal has long hoped for a high speed rail improvement that would restore and reopen the historic structure. From the New York State’s High Speed Rail Vision:

New York State has one of the most comprehensive and intensively-used passenger and freight transportation systems in the nation. It provides energy-efficient mobility for passengers and contributes to the economic vitality of the state and the nation.”