Check out this article about millennials having children and wanting to live in mixed-use, walkable neighborhoods. Kaisertown meets all the criteria, just needs a little push in the right direction! http://www.strongtowns.org/journal/2016/6/29/the-next-baby-boom-affordable-urban-lifestyles-for-millennials-with-children
A city, no matter how efficiently planned out or how beautiful, is rendered worthless without people. It cannot exist because it takes people to make a city. It is people who will take the empty shells of buildings and make them function. It is people who take space and turn it into places. It is people who anchor the city in time, even if only for a fleeting moment.
The Creation of City Space by Pedestrians, According to de Certeau by Francesca Wodtke
Despite the bright light that this blog hopes to shine on Kaisertown, the community is not without problems. Among them are heavy drug use, drug houses, absentee landlords, decline of owner occupied housing and safety of the neighborhood (either perceived or real). And then there is the commercial strip filled with vacant storefronts. In my… Continue reading Vacant Storefronts: Public Enemy #1
Paint, chalk & tape can be helpful in demonstrating what a difference crosswalks and bike lanes can make for a neighborhood. This one is on Allen Street courtesy of an event hosted by Go Bike Buffalo & the Allentown Association. Thanks to bernicebuffalove for the photo.
In April 2010 the “Build a Better Block” project was created in Texas, near Houston on an old streetcar corridor. The project was seeking to revitalize a single commercial block on a street lined with vacant commercial properties, wide streets and little to offer the people of the neighborhood. The goal was to create a… Continue reading Building a Better Block, in Kaisertown
Yesterday I attended my first Buffalo Mass Mob event, which was held at Kaisertown’ s St. Casimir Church located at 160 Cable Street. St. Casimir is a prevalent part of Kaisertown’s past and while it’s not on the main strip of Clinton St, it sits prominently in the heart of Kaisertown. Founded in 1890, the… Continue reading Take Me to Church