Author: Anthony

  • Complete Communities Strategy Theme 4: Get better at doing good

    Complete Communities Strategy Theme 4: Get better at doing good

    “No revitalization effort can be executed without adequate capacity at the community level…” The region’s housing support system — those groups and agencies working together to provide quality housing and strong neighborhoods — can do a better job. The vast majority of the groups around the stakeholder committee are integral parts of the system, yet…

  • Complete Communities Strategy Theme 3: Know Your Neighborhood

    Complete Communities Strategy Theme 3: Know Your Neighborhood

    “Just as there is no one-size-fits all neighborhood, there is no single solution to creating quality communities.” PUSH Buffalo says it best: “We know what we need where we live”. For too long the planning profession imposed “solutions” on communities from the position of a detached outsider that allegedly “knew better” what communities needed. Here…

  • Complete Communities Strategy Theme 2: Anticipate, accommodate and embrace demographic shifts.

    “Buffalo Niagara now and in the future will look radically different from the region of the last 60 years…” As the region continues to age and diversify, actions taken now to accommodate demographic change and promote equity and opportunity will have a profound impact on the success of the region for decades to come. Change…

  • Complete Communities Strategy Theme 1: Data for Informed Decision Making

    Complete Communities Strategy Theme 1: Data for Informed Decision Making

    As mentioned in last Tuesday’s post, Complete Communities for a Changing Region developed four high-level strategies for turning our shared goals for quality neighborhoods into action in Buffalo Niagara : • Providing Data and Analytical Resources for Informed Decision Making. • Anticipating, Accommodating and Embracing Demographic Shifts. • Pursuing Neighborhood-Specific Asset-Based Strategies for Redevelopment. •…

  • Setting a High Bar for Buffalo Niagara’s Communities

    Setting a High Bar for Buffalo Niagara’s Communities

    Choice, inclusion, quality, connections and sustainability underlie a region-wide vision for Complete Communities throughout Buffalo Niagara. In the midst of  major demographic and economic change, a team of regional stakeholders came together as part of the One Region Forward regional planning project to set a vision and a course for Buffalo Niagara’s communities. As part…

  • Goals and Strategies for Complete Communities

    Goals and Strategies for Complete Communities

    Despite a recent surge in development in the downtown core, the city of Buffalo and the region have experienced a long trend of overall population loss, yet this has not been uniform throughout the region. In fact, many municipalities have experienced dramatic population growth while others have contracted measurably in the last 25 years. But…

  • Complete Communities for a Changing Region

    Complete Communities for a Changing Region

    Make Communities partnered with the One Region Forward team and the University at Buffalo Regional Institute to lead a group of regional stakeholders, chaired by Buffalo-LISC and Belmont Housing Resources, to chart a course for Buffalo Niagara’s communities. As we state in the introduction to the report: Quality housing lays the foundation for the vibrant…

  • Make Communities Road Trip: Puerto Rico

    Make Communities Road Trip: Puerto Rico

    The Open Places Initiative is a new program of Open Society Foundations, which takes the foundation headlong into place-based philanthropy within the United States. Building on their experiences in Baltimore, where the foundation has directed Open Society Institute Baltimore in a broad reaching effort to increase opportunity and equality within the city, three sites were…