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Revitalizing City Neighborhoods

Mayor Brown's reconstituted economic development team would be well served by reading An Integrated Approach to Fighting Blight and Poverty in Buffalo’s Low-income Neighborhoods by the Partnership for the Public Good. The seven-age report deals with the cross-section of ill plaguing inner-city neighborhoods.

Its big-picture take:

"Any serious program which seeks to reverse the continuing concentration of blight and poverty in Buffalo’s neighborhoods must include a coherent plan to stop the flood of abandonment, must focus on strategic neighborhoods, and must bring greater resources and legal changes to strengthen code enforcement, housing rehabilitation, foreclosure prevention, anti-flipping, and anti-predatory lending efforts."

The recommendations make reference to a report and recommendations issued in 2006 by the National Vacant Properties Campaign after a study of the region's housing vacancy problem.


Economic Development | Housing | Local Government
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