how we help make communities...

...accessible

We facilitate new ways for our partners to transform places, systems and operations to be more open, responsive and meaningful for their communities.

...equitable

We build processes and target outcomes that are inclusive and representative so initiatives will have the organized support needed to improve communities with the people who live there.

...empowered

We help design plans, policies, programs and projects that turn local knowledge into actionable power, helping people, organizations and communities deliver tangible results.

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The Racial Equity Dividend: Buffalo’s Great Opportunity

This week the Greater Buffalo Racial Equity Roundtable

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Why I’ve stopped threatening to move to Canada (and so should you).

Fellow Well Meaning White People, As the rising tide of

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A Vision for Black Rock Harbor – West Scajaquada

Did you ever wonder what could happen if the 198 Expres

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Creating Healthy Schools and Communities in Salamanca

Make Communities has partnered with Erie 1 Board of Coo

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Unveiling the Stella Niagara Preserve Vision Plan

On Thursday January 21, at the Lewiston Senior Center,

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The Unaddressed Challenge of Regional Segregation

The Obama administration released new requirements for

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Bike Month Rolls On…

May is Bike Month, and it has been an active one in Buf

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Groundwork Buffalo hiring Executive Director

Groundwork Buffalo, a local environmental organization

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Happy Friday! But how happy?

The World Happiness Report was released last week, and

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A Public Advocate for Buffalo?

This week the City of Buffalo Common Council Legislatio

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Another 5 for Friday: NYC edition

“It’s not like ‘Kumbaya.’ It’

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Tax Day

April 15: It’s the day we’ve all been procr

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This old housing stock…

Is Buffalo’s peculiar housing stock in part respo

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Grassroots Gardens of Buffalo

Grassroots Gardens has long been Buffalo’s commun

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Think Spring: Urban Roots

Posting will be light this week as Make Communities tak

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what are your five?

In addition to Monday’s reference to Simran Noor

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Fair Housing Month

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“…where one lives determines how one lives, inf

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Buffalo’s Best Google Pac-Man Maps

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If you haven’t yet played the Google Maps Pac-Mac

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Complete Streets Plus ____(?)_____

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Forgive us if the mind wanders a bit on a chilly spring

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Today It’s All About You

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If you’re in Buffalo, then hopefully you know abo

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Separate and Unequal in Buffalo Niagara

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“The consequences of racial and ethnic segregatio

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Mapping Western New York’s Changing Population

Since 1990, Buffalo Niagara has seen a marked increase

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Friday Finances: Buffalo’s City Inequality Rank

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Buffalo ranks very low in income at the top and the bot

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Implementing Complete Streets in Rural Upstate NY Communities

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 I spent St. Patrick’s Day in the Adirondacks workin

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Defining an Equitable Community

Buffalo Niagara will be an equitable community when all

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Expanding Opportunity in Buffalo Niagara

  Yesterday’s post asked what the present ho

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Scrapper vs. Sergeant

  Sunday’s NYTimes features an article on th

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Complete Communities Strategy Theme 4: Get better at doing good

“No revitalization effort can be executed without

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Complete Communities Strategy Theme 3: Know Your Neighborhood

“Just as there is no one-size-fits all neighborho

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Complete Communities Strategy Theme 1: Data for Informed Decision Making

As mentioned in last Tuesday’s post, Complete Com

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Setting a High Bar for Buffalo Niagara’s Communities

Choice, inclusion, quality, connections and sustainabil

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Anchor Institutions and the New Economy in Buffalo

Last week, Make Communities was on hand as a host of na

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Goals and Strategies for Complete Communities

Despite a recent surge in development in the downtown c

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Complete Communities for a Changing Region

Make Communities partnered with the One Region Forward

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Lessons from LA’s New Economy

A definite highlight of the Open Places convening in Pu

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Combating Swampy Thoughts and the Man in the Hole

Susan Nall Bales is the Founder and President of the Fr

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Touring San Juan with Espacios Abiertos

The Espacios Abiertos team put together an unforgettabl

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Triptych Tuesday: Calle Cerra

Today’s three images are from Calle Cerra in El G

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Make Communities Road Trip: Puerto Rico

The Open Places Initiative is a new program of Open Soc

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Happy Family Day!

As the U.S. celebrates Presidents Day today, our neighb

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Vote for GObike Buffalo today!

  GObike Buffalo is no small point of pride for us

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A New Way To Plan For Buffalo Niagara

Tonight a broad coalition of regional agencies, local g

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It’s not always about Copenhagen, but sometimes it is.

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The NYTimes recently ran an article about public interv

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