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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 too long for a bus, according to a repo …

During 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 deal a particular blow to A …

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 – it will create more money and more j …

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 budget affect the families and communities that use th …

Feb 21, 2017  |  Richie Bernardo, Senior Writer 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 e …

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 different people with a common goal in mind.” john …

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 its zoning code for the fi …

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) Buffalo, New York’s new citywide, form-based zoning code has every buzzword an urbanist coul …

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 different reaction to Castro’s …

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 across five decades, friends in the community and professions, and current facul …

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 audiences at once, and their words can …

Robin Kelley, Dayvon Love, and Salamishah Tillet “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 Connolly, associate professor of history at …

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 Humanities Festival Listen. A l …

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 …

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,” said Ayana Thomson, a …

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 Liberation” and an assistant p …

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 venture by the UB School of Management’s Center f …

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 students.  WBFO’s Eileen …

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 struggling to make ends me …

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, Maryland, New York, and a handfu …

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 from South Carolina, so I understand d …

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 sought to speak with an expert fro …

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 …

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 Flint – something it has acknowl …

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 regional planning and director of the …

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 the School of Community Health and Policy a …

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), another awholly man-made crisis. The two …

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. The panelists were Newell Nussbaumer, ed …

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 getting its mojo back? Invest …

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, according to a release. Poloncarz called for …

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 also signals something e …

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 Executive to help address the pr …

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 of low income. A third is chairman of …

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 since before 1980, the second-highes …

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 countries offers new opportunities for …

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 what life is like in the neighborhoods …

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 prohibited black families from …

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 years ago. After completing a child care …

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 Buffalo School of Management’s Center f …

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 and human services in the community. …

  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 unfolds – training workers in ne …

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. But the new federal desegregation ru …

“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 …

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 neighborhoods, one predominantl …

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 …