News

Repost from the City Lab When Hurricane Maria hit Puerto Rico, Maria Robles saw rainfall so severe that it punched a hole through her roof and flooded her home in San Juan. “We lost everything inside the house,” she said. “Everything, everything, every …

Repost from The Buffalo News   On Nov. 5, in a shameful move, voters in Kansas City chose to remove Martin Luther King Jr.’s name from one of its main thoroughfares. I found this disheartening. What were they thinking? Voters in Buffalo wouldn’t d …

Repost from UBNow   “The Future of Health in the City,” a new exhibition presented by the UB Art Galleries that highlights individuals working together to bring better health and healing to the Buffalo community, will open on Oct. 8 in the Connect …

Repost from the Buffalo News   There is only one “Great Moments in Western Civilization Postal Constituent,” and it is only right that the comic periodical be celebrated upon reaching its 10th anniversary. More than 70 comics from the series will …

Re-post From The New York Times   Apple is joining the tech giants Facebook and Google in trying to make housing more affordable in California, where the companies are based. Credit…Josh Edelson/Agence France-Presse — Getty Images   Apple o …

  Repost From Buffalo Rising   Just when you think that gardens couldn’t be any greater in Buffalo, comes along The Futures Garden. This Grassroots Garden is located directly across from the Marva J Daniel Futures Preparatory School #37 (Futu …

Re-post from The Houghton College Blog “I knew that the students I worked with and loved at Boston University would be fine without me. I was not so sure that was true of the African-American young people on the east side of Buffalo.” That was how Juli …

Re-post from WBFO   The Erie County Legislature held a public hearing Thursday evening, but not a single speaker showed up. That was unexpected, because the hearing revolved around the plan for a Corrections Advisory Board, which has been controve …

Prisoners Are People Too is hosting a Regional Conference in collaboration with the Alliance of Families for Justice on Friday, May 3, from 5:30-8 p.m. and Saturday, May 4 from 8:30a.m.-3:30p.m. at Mt. Olive Baptist Church, 701 East Delavan Avenue . Th …

Re-post from Investigative Post   A “staggering” number of motorists across the state, including Western New York, lose their driver’s license every year. The state suspends more than a half-million annually; the count in Erie County approaches 26 …

Re-Post from The Buffalo News   Last week The Buffalo News reported that a Ponzi scheme by Kuwaiti real estate investor Abdul Aziz HouHou left a “trail of blight in Buffalo” after buying, brokering and selling more than 160 houses in Buffalo. Acco …

Re-post from Kpbs Public Media   Last year, the San Diego Housing Commission decided not to use a federal program aimed at desegregating its neighborhoods. Now, the housing commission is being sued for that decision. The bulk of people in San Dieg …

Re-post from The Buffalo News   Twenty-five years ago I got the opportunity of a lifetime: a chance to go to medical school and become a doctor. I have been fortunate enough to serve the Buffalo community I grew up in ever since. Like many young A …

Re-post from The Buffalo News Buffalo’s Fruit Belt neighborhood is situated just east of the growing Buffalo Niagara Medical Campus. (Derek Gee/Buffalo News)   It seems a small thing, at first: a few words on a map. But Veronica Hemphill-Nichols s …

Re-post from The Buffalo News Zandra Cunningham graduated from the University at Buffalo’s Minority and Women’s Emerging Entrepreneur program in the School of Management. The Center for Urban Studies was founded in partnership with the Center for Entre …

Re-Post From UBNow   Activist Angela Davis spoke at UB as the 43rd annual Martin Luther King Jr. Commemoration keynote speaker. Photo: Joe Cascio “We stand in solidarity with struggling peoples all over the word. That is the message that Dr. King …

Re-post from UB Now Photographer: Meredith Forrest Kulwicki Henry Louis Taylor Jr. won the student vote and shows off his prize: a rowing oar. Taylor’s name will be added to the oar, joining those of the previous winners of the Life Raft Debate. Imagin …

On Tuesday May 23 Dr. Henry Louis Taylor Jr. visited the TR Site to continue our lecture series with his talk “The Evolution of U.S. Cuban Relations”. His discussion of Cuba is particularly relevant to the Site as, for better or worse, Theodore Rooseve …

Re-Post From WBFO   The landscape on Buffalo’s East Side will soon include a Tim Hortons. Local experts say it’s a sign economic conditions are improving, but could also force lifelong residents out of the neighborhood. The city of Buffalo Common …

Re-post from the Dissent Magazine Richard Nixon, HUD Secretary Romney, and D.C. Mayor Washington tour a neighborhood damaged by riots after the death of Martin Luther King Jr. (Wally McNamee / Corbis / Getty Images) The second anniversary is that of th …

Zandra Cunningham, the youngest-ever graduate of the Center for Entrepreneurial Leadership’s Allstate Minority and Women Emerging Entrepreneurs program, is featured in Entrepreneur magazine’s September issue as one of nine young entrepreneurs making wa …

If you’re among the millions of HGTV viewers who’ve seen an episode of “Flip or Flop,” you’ve probably thought about the thrill of gutting a house and turning a five- or six-figure profit. But the process isn’t as easy as the professionals on televisio …

Angel King and Calvin Drumgo, third vice president and president of the Tenants’ Association at the Breukelen Houses public housing complex in Canarsie, Brooklyn.. – Ashley Milne-Tyte/Marketplace Listen To The Story Marketplace http://ubwp.buffalo.edu/ …

Jaelin Grey was accepted into the welding program at the Northland Workforce Training Center. He plays with his 17-month-old daughter Calia on June 6. (Derek Gee/Buffalo News) Jaelin Grey was in his hospital bed at Erie County Medical Center last year …

Re-Post From Progressive City Introductory remarks by contributing editorial board member Jeffrey Lowe:  On Friday, April 6th, Henry Louis Taylor, Jr., received the Urban Affairs Association’s (UAA’s) 2018 Marilyn J. Gittell Activist Scholar Award.  Gi …

Re-post from Wbfo News     The Jacobs School of Medicine and Biomedical Sciences on Main Street will host the Igniting Hope conference. Some of the largest disparities in health in Erie County are happening in the City of Buffalo. A public co …

Re-post from Wbfo News     Issues surrounding housing inequities in Buffalo were brought to light during a panel discussion at the WNED|WBFO Studios Wednesday night, as part of WBFO’s Racial Equity Project. University at Buffalo Urban Plannin …

Re-Post From Social Science Space   There is a term, structural racism, which centers on the idea that discrimination is built into institutions and culture. Henry Louis Taylor, Jr., a professor of urban and regional planning at the University at …

Re-post from The Buffalo News   Carl Paladino said his piece during a forum on race Friday at the Burchfield-Penney Art Center. But he chose to listen more, instead. The former Buffalo School Board member, founder of Ellicott Development and past …

Re-post from Wivb News   BUFFALO, N.Y. (WIVB) — Four Buffalo artists are bringing new life to Buffalo’s east side, honoring 28 civil rights leaders. On Sunday, the Freedom Wall at the northern entrance to the Michigan Street African American Herit …

Re-Post From Non-Profit Quarterly   It is the product of more than a decade of community organizing, but residents in east Buffalo’s historic Fruit Belt neighborhood cheered when Common Council President Darius Pridgen announced on his radio progr …

Re-post from The Spectrum   Omar David has never had a black professor. Most UB students haven’t. UB’s Equity, Diversity and Inclusion website says the university prides itself on the diversity of its community. But black students and black facult …

Re-Post From UB News Center   BUFFALO, N.Y. – Robert Silverman, professor of urban planning at the University at Buffalo, has been elected chair of the Urban Affairs Association (UAA) Governing Board. UAA is the international professional organiza …

Re-post from The Buffalo News   Large numbers of people live in “transit deserts” in Buffalo and other upstate cities, where ride-hailing services could fill gaps in the public-transit network because carless residents must walk too far or wait to …

Re-post from The AtlanticDuring his campaign for president, Donald Trump pledged to help inner cities and African American communities in particular. But his proposed budget eliminates programs that have helped these communities for years, and would de …

Re-Post From The Buffalo News   The big players in Western New York must address racial disparities if they want the region’s economic renaissance to continue. Closing the gap of racial inequity will not only strengthen neighborhoods and schools – …

Re-post from The Christian Science Monitor   March 10, 2017 Funding from the Department of Housing and Urban Development helps reduce homelessness, fund infrastructure, and enhance community services, data suggest. But how would cuts to HUD’s budg …

Re-Post From The WalletHub Often perceived as socially drab lawmaking centers, many state capitals actually are thriving hubs of activity and thus some of the most livable places in America. But not all state capitals are created equal. And though 17 o …

Re-post from UB Sustainability – News   By LAUREN NEWKIRK MAYNARD; Published February 10, 2017 “We must start asking what our final goals are. What are the intended outcomes? Then we can put systems in place that can do different things for differ …

Re-post from The City Lab Buffalo Becomes First City to Bid Minimum Parking Goodbye The city is overhauling its archaic zoning regulations, but does the move help its citizens as much as it helps developers? Linda Poon Jay Galvin/Flickr In overhauling …

Buffalo’s New Zoning Code Promotes Density, But Is It for Everyone? The Buffalo skyline is seen beyond construction work in October 2015. (AP Photo/Mike Groll) Re-Post From Next City   Buffalo, New York’s new citywide, form-based zoning code has e …

Re-post from Wbfo News Listen. Cuban exiles now living in Miami are cheering news of the death of Fidel Castro at the age of 90. But a University at Buffalo professor who spent significant time in Cuba doing research says there is likely a much differe …

Re-Post From UB The School of Architecture and Planning – Latest News   There could be no better setting than the bright, day-lit spaces of the new Hayes Hall – its walls covered with the latest work of our faculty and students – for graduates acr …

Re-post from The New York Times Hillary Clinton during the first presidential debate at Hofstra University, in Hempstead, N.Y., on Monday. Credit Damon Winter/The New York Times When political candidates speak, they are often addressing several audienc …

Robin Kelley, Dayvon Love, and Salamishah Tillet Re-Post From John Hopkins University – Hub “The Next 50 Years: Black Power’s Afterlife and the Struggle for Social Justice” Sept. 27, 2016 7 p.m. Shriver Hall This panel discussion, moderated by Nathan C …

Re-post from Wbfo News   A crowded audience in the Downtown Library last night heard about how segregation continues to restrict spreading economic prosperity to all parts of Buffalo. The town hall meeting served the opening of the 2016  Buffalo H …

Watch. Despite the often-negative images, rhetoric and scholarship that often characterize urban communities of color as chaotic or dangerous, these communities are in fact reflections of histories of survival and adaptation that benefited not only the …

Re-Post From WIVB   Watch. BUFFALO, N.Y. (WIVB) – Kids from around Buffalo are at a University at Buffalo summer camp where they’re learning about the problems different neighborhoods continue facing. “We’re learning about neighborhood development …

Re-post from Democracy Now Watch: To discuss Hillary Clinton’s historic nomination and how the Black Lives Matter movement is reflected in the Democratic platform, we are joined by Keeanga-Yamahtta Taylor, author of “From #BlackLivesMatter to Black Lib …

Re-post from UB School of Management   Creating opportunities for individuals leading minority- and women-owned enterprises into advanced stages of development. The Allstate Minority and Women Emerging Entrepreneurs (MWEE) program is a joint ventu …

Re-post from Wbfo News Listen WBFO’s Eileen Buckley reports UB Center for Urban Studies is hosting its 4th annual Summer Academic Camp. UB Center for Urban Studies is hosting its 4th annual Summer Academic Camp. The camp is designed for middle school s …

Re-Post From WIVB   BUFFALO, N.Y. (WIVB) – Leaders in Buffalo love talking about the city’s renaissance. Progress is on display in certain places but the fact is, Buffalo is still the 3rd poorest city in the country, with 30.1% of the population s …

Re-post from the Boston Review A protester demonstrates at a rally against police violence in Minneapolis. / Fibonacci Blue   In spite of Bernie Sanders’s primary win in Indiana and favored status in West Virginia, recent voting in Pennsylvania, M …

Re-Post From New York Times   GARDEN CITY, N.Y. — Mary Crosson, a housing activist, remembers moving to Long Island from Bayside, Queens, in the 1990s and being struck by the sharp divisions that seemed to keep blacks and whites apart. “I come fro …

Re-Post From Tennessean   During my research for Sunday’s editorial on affordable housing (“Solve affordable housing in parts, but focus on the whole,” April 17), in addition to speaking to key stakeholders in Nashville and Middle Tennessee, I sou …

The projects range from rebuilding Buffalo’s food system and improving the breast cancer screening rates for inner city women to helping city high school students complete their FAFSA forms and bringing dental care to rural communities. These community …

Re-post from The Blade   Michigan National Guard member Zach Burrell helps distribute water to residents in their cars in Flint, Michigan, on January 21. The EPA didn’t act as urgently and as transparently as it could have to help the people of Fl …

Re-Post From UB-News Releases   BUFFALO, N.Y. — Flint, Michigan is a predominantly African-American, poor, working-class city. And the water crisis there is no coincidence, says Henry Louis Taylor Jr., University at Buffalo professor of urban and …

Re-Post From the Marc Steiner Show   We discuss our cities from Flint to Baltimore, looking at clean water, environmental racism & infrastructure. With: Dr. Lawrence Brown, public health consultant and Assistant Professor of Public Health in t …

Re-Post From The Washington Post   Flint, Ferguson, New Orleans and Baltimore — cities now inseparable from the national news stories centered there — became calamities for separate reasons. One was a natural disaster (made worse by human error), …

Re-Post From Investigative Post   Has Buffalo really gotten its mojo back? That was the question posed by Investigative Post Editor Jim Heaney during a panel discussion Tuesday at Allen Street Hardware attended by an overflow crowd of 80 people. T …

Re-Post from WBFO   A writer, a professor, and a developer walk into a bar. There’s no punch line to follow because that’s actually what happened during a panel discussion on Tuesday night at Allentown Hardware. The main question – is Buffalo gett …

Re-post from Orchard Park Bee   Erie County Executive Mark Poloncarz recently announced the appointees of the re-established Welfare Advisory Board, which will function as a Poverty Committee to advise Erie County on how to reduce poverty, accordi …

Re-Post From WIVB   BUFFALO, N.Y. (WIVB) —  For the first time in its history, those who make up Buffalo’s minority population have become the majority. And while the result is a more racially or ethically diverse population, some officials say it …

Re-Post From WBFO   While we hear time and time again about Buffalo’s economic renaissance, there remains many living in poverty, not just in the city but throughout Erie County. A new panel of volunteers is being formed by the Erie County Executi …

Re-Post From The Buffalo News   One is a University at Buffalo professor with expertise on distressed urban neighborhoods and the redevelopment of shrinking cities. Another runs a West Side health center whose main clients are refugees and others …

Re-Post From The Buffalo News   Around here, people buy – and stay. Buffalo-area homeowners are more likely to live longer in the same home than people in the nation’s other large metro areas. One in five homeowners here has lived in the same home …

Re-Post From Here & Now   As the United States and Cuba slowly resume diplomatic relations, one of the biggest question marks has been what effect these changes will have on the people of Cuba. The reopening of the barriers between the two cou …

Re-Post From UB – News Releases   BUFFALO, N.Y. – Henry Louis Taylor Jr. has visited Cuba at least once a year since 1999.  The University at Buffalo professor of urban and regional planning and director of the Center for Urban Studies has studied …

Re-post from The Atlantic LINCOLN HEIGHTS, Ohio—African Americans started coming to Cincinnati more than a century ago, fleeing the violence and economic constraints of the South for jobs and homes. But redlining and other restrictive zoning laws prohi …

Re-post from the Buffalo News   The success of Erie County’s anti-poverty plan, introduced in the spring, depends on helping people like Eman Jabbar, who struggled to find a job after emigrating from Iraq and moving to Riverside more than two year …

Re-Post From UB – News Releases   BUFFALO, N.Y. — Megan McNally, executive director of The Foundry, has been named Protégé of the Year by the Allstate Minority and Women Emerging Entrepreneurs (MWEE) program, a joint venture by the University at …

Re-post from The Buffalo News   Poverty is a condition that affects more than just the poor. Paying for anti-poverty programs impacts nearly everybody in Erie County. More than half of the county’s $1.45 billion budget goes toward providing health …

Re-Post From The Buffalo News   When Grace Tate thinks about the Buffalo Billion, she worries that something as basic as a bus route could keep poorer residents from sharing in the spoils. As the state’s keystone economic development initiative un …

Re-post from the Buffalo News   WASHINGTON – The Obama administration Wednesday embarked on the federal government’s most proactive effort ever to reduce housing segregation in places such as Buffalo, the nation’s sixth-most segregated metro area. …

“Buffalo is experiencing an economic boom, but the explosion will not automatically spark the revitalization of precarious East Side neighborhoods, an area consisting of black neighborhoods lying east of Main Street and north of South Buffalo,” writes …

The Buffalo News By Melinda Miller December 19, 2015 Surprised. Thrilled. Skeptical. When President Obama said, “There’s a complicated history between the United States and Cuba,” he also was acknowledging the range of emotions that would greet the new …

Re-post from The Buffalo News It’s the biggest possible city site for a new Bills stadium, just to the east of the Buffalo River, with a north end zone aimed at the downtown skyline. Yet it has stirred a hornet’s nest of potential opposition from two n …

Buffalo News By Melinda Miller April 4, 2015   Aiesha Randle leaves for work by 6:30 a.m., but she doesn’t worry about waking her husband. He has been at his job for two hours by then. Curtis Flakes sees neighbors getting ready to leave when he wa …

Henry Louis Taylor, Jr., PhD, professor of urban and regional planning, is among a distinguished group of individuals being inducted into the Service Honor Roll of the Urban Affairs Association, an international professional organization for urban scho …

Children gathered on the front steps of their Buffalo school Thursday afternoon for a ribbon-cutting ceremony to re-name the school. Futures School #37 on Carlton Street in Buffalo’s Fruit Belt neighborhood will now be called the Marva J. Daniel Future …