Say Nice Things. When you talk about Kaisertown to your friends or family or neighbors, say nice things about it. One thing that doesn’t improve a neighborhood is telling everyone you know what you don’t like about it. Word of mouth travels fast- consider a restaurant review. It’s unlikely you’ll go to a place that… Continue reading 10 Ways You Can Support a Kaisertown Revitalization
A city that’s limited to two densely packed retail corridors is, in my opinion, a dull city. As Buffalo revitalizes one of the goals should be to create pockets of thriving neighborhoods all over the city. It would give the city depth, expand affordable houses across more income levels and encourage small business growth. This Buffalo Rising article written by Craig… Continue reading #BuffaloveAllOfIt- Repost Buffalo Rising
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.