Reimagining Buffalo’s DL&W Corridor: A Community Vision

Following in the footsteps of groundbreaking projects across the country and around the globe, the Western New York Land Conservancy embarked on a community based process to reimagine a new public space on a former rail line southeast of downtown Buffalo.

Make Communities served as vision plan consultant for the Land Conservancy, helping to direct public engagement efforts, best practice and case study comparisons  and authoring a final report outlining the vision that emerged from hundreds of conversations and community based voices.

“In this unique slice of Buffalo’s heritage, this community vision plan imagines a place where families will be able to take a relaxing stroll or ride their bikes surrounded by trees and wildflowers. Neighbors and visitors will be able watch as seasons change, from the fall migration of songbirds and monarch butterflies, to winter’s chilly serenity and summer’s warm embrace, marveling at the diversity of nature, our industrial and railroad heritage, and the magic of a sunset on the Buffalo River. Here, with the right investments and connectivity, vitality will return to local commercial districts and streets will become safer and more inviting for everyone. Thoughtful stewardship will breathe new life and new possibilities into this long dormant space — not just for today but for generations to come.”

The next portion of the project is soon to follow, with the Land Conservancy embarking on a naming process and design idea competition to continue to move the vision closer to reality.

Read more about the DL&W project on the Western New York Land Conservancy’s website, or download the full Vision Plan here.