Broadway-Fillmore Neighborhood Selected for EPA Assistance for Sustainable Growth Through the ‘Building Blocks’ Program

A new coalition has recently
formed in the Broadway-Fillmore neighborhood, the Fillmore Corridor
Neighborhood Coalition (FCNC). It is one of forty-three communities in
twenty-seven states that have been designated to receive technical assistance
from the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) for pursuing sustainable growth
that encourages economic development while providing a safeguard for health and
the environment.

EPA staff and national
experts will converge to conduct one to two day workshops that focus on using
the Sustaining Equitable Development tool. The FCNC requested the help in order
to identify the most effective tools and strategies for housing affordability
and consensus within the community to move the neighborhood forward.
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The goal of this tool is to
aid the local government, partner organizations, and community members. It will
function in two ways; to better understand the challenges and opportunities
associated with neighborhood change and identify strategies to manage change
and support community goals around housing, culture, local businesses, and
jobs. The path to success starts with a self-assessment, which will identify
the goals of the communities and explore appropriate strategies considering the
condition of the community. Then a set of “next steps” can begin to be
formulated to address specific community needs.
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John D. Murphy, executive
director of Broadway-Fillmore Neighborhood Housing Services submitted the
request for technical assistance on behalf of the FCNC. “I’m delighted the
Fillmore Corridor was selected as a site for this Technical Assistance award.
Buffalo’s near east side has so many challenges with population loss, vacancy,
and under-investment, that the Building Blocks program will allow our agency to
directly involve neighborhood residents in developing ‘next steps’ strategies
in revitalizing the length of Fillmore taking the energy and investment in the
Larkin District, and linking it along the length of Fillmore Avenue to the
significant investment in the Martin Luther King, Jr. Park area.”
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Paul
Harris, president of the South Fillmore Block Club (SFBC) and Fillmore resident
stated, “We hope we’ve created a new model of success with the collaboration of
community groups and organizations, non-profits like Broadway-Fillmore NHS and
Martin Luther King, Jr. CDC, Daemen College and the University of Buffalo as
academic partners, the urban farming community, the Central Terminal, and the Broadway
Market as examples of potentially dynamic community assets, and by working
together along with the help from foundations and local government, we can
bring new life, community empowerment, and investment to this targeted
revitalization strategy area on Buffalo’s near east side.”
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For additional information on the Building Blocks program, click here. For additional photos of the Broadway-Fillmore neighborhood from my collection, click here.

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22 comments
JDM
JDM

Not at all what I stated. You in fact are determining who can and can't participate with exclusionary comments.

JDM
JDM

Not at all what I stated. You in fact are determining who can and can't participate with exclusionary comments.

city_girl
city_girl

Recently Buffalo-Niagara was awarded a HUD sustainability grant which came through a joint effort of HUD-DOT-EPA. In the RFP for the grant, grantees were suppose to look at "equitable land use planning" which HUD further clarified by giving a definition of social equity values--"fair and equal access to livelihood, education, and resources; full participation in the political and cultural life of the community; and self-determination in meeting fundamental needs."

your Comment:

"Let the Debbie Downers and Oh-Oh squad stay home and not sabotage this effort. Challenging someone's neighborhood pedigree is a reflection on those who are invested in having the east side fail, or whose egos can't allow other thinkers in."

clearly is at odds with the joint HUD-DOT-EPA effort.

I did not grow up in Buffalo, and have lived in several metro areas, never have I read such statement telling someone if you don't like the way we frame issue--stay home.

The recent Green Code and the HUD One region forward initiative is working to promote equity, trying to bring in the traditional excluded. Your statement however is telling a neighborhood of which has a large number of the traditionally excluded stay home if you do not like what a group with a large proportion of members who do not live in that neighborhood--stay home if you do not agree with us because your egos are not open to other ideas. That goes against the grain of what sustainability and equity is about.

city_girl
city_girl

Recently Buffalo-Niagara was awarded a HUD sustainability grant which came through a joint effort of HUD-DOT-EPA. In the RFP for the grant, grantees were suppose to look at "equitable land use planning" which HUD further clarified by giving a definition of social equity values--"fair and equal access to livelihood, education, and resources; full participation in the political and cultural life of the community; and self-determination in meeting fundamental needs."

your Comment:

"Let the Debbie Downers and Oh-Oh squad stay home and not sabotage this effort. Challenging someone's neighborhood pedigree is a reflection on those who are invested in having the east side fail, or whose egos can't allow other thinkers in."

clearly is at odds with the joint HUD-DOT-EPA effort.

I did not grow up in Buffalo, and have lived in several metro areas, never have I read such statement telling someone if you don't like the way we frame issue--stay home.

The recent Green Code and the HUD One region forward initiative is working to promote equity, trying to bring in the traditional excluded. Your statement however is telling a neighborhood of which has a large number of the traditionally excluded stay home if you do not like what a group with a large proportion of members who do not live in that neighborhood--stay home if you do not agree with us because your egos are not open to other ideas. That goes against the grain of what sustainability and equity is about.

JDM
JDM

These dollars could have gone to another community in the US, so if everyone could step back and try to be positive and see where this takes all of us, maybe, just maybe this will help our neighborhoods. The Fillmore Corridor target area runs from Urban Street to Larkinville, and includes near side streets. Let the Debbie Downers and Oh-Oh squad stay home and not sabotage this effort. Challenging someone's neighborhood pedigree is a reflection on those who are invested in having the east side fail, or whose egos can't allow other thinkers in.

JDM
JDM

These dollars could have gone to another community in the US, so if everyone could step back and try to be positive and see where this takes all of us, maybe, just maybe this will help our neighborhoods. The Fillmore Corridor target area runs from Urban Street to Larkinville, and includes near side streets. Let the Debbie Downers and Oh-Oh squad stay home and not sabotage this effort. Challenging someone's neighborhood pedigree is a reflection on those who are invested in having the east side fail, or whose egos can't allow other thinkers in.

whatever
whatever

"The plan, the benchmarks, and the results will demonstrate"

trobb - are the benchmarks made public?

whatever
whatever

"The plan, the benchmarks, and the results will demonstrate"

trobb - are the benchmarks made public?

Rand503
Rand503

Sure -- throwing it at you.

ladyinwhite
ladyinwhite

Could there be a better way to throw good money after bad?

ladyinwhite
ladyinwhite

Could there be a better way to throw good money after bad?

trobbflo
trobbflo

This is amazing news. The importance of this undertaking to preservation and sustainable neighborhood development in the City of Buffalo is potentially enormous. It's a very heavy lift, but the involvement of the EPA, an apparently groundbreaking approach, integration with the Olmsted corridor plan, urban agriculture sites, etc. shows promise. If the administration, regional authorities, and people of Buffalo get behind this idea we can make it happen. Congratulations to the FCNC. The plan, the benchmarks, and the results will demonstrate the feasibility of the proposal but this is far better than the attitude of indifference and surrender that has hindered East Side development.

trobbflo
trobbflo

This is amazing news. The importance of this undertaking to preservation and sustainable neighborhood development in the City of Buffalo is potentially enormous. It's a very heavy lift, but the involvement of the EPA, an apparently groundbreaking approach, integration with the Olmsted corridor plan, urban agriculture sites, etc. shows promise. If the administration, regional authorities, and people of Buffalo get behind this idea we can make it happen. Congratulations to the FCNC. The plan, the benchmarks, and the results will demonstrate the feasibility of the proposal but this is far better than the attitude of indifference and surrender that has hindered East Side development.

trobbflo
trobbflo

This is amazing news. The importance of this undertaking to preservation and sustainable neighborhood development in the City of Buffalo is potentially enormous. It's a very heavy lift, but the involvement of the EPA, an apparently groundbreaking approach, integration with the Olmsted corridor plan, urban agriculture sites, etc. shows promise. If the administration, regional authorities, and people of Buffalo get behind this idea we can make it happen. Congratulations to the FCNC. The plan, the benchmarks, and the results will demonstrate the feasibility of the proposal but this is far better than the attitude of indifference and surrender that has hindered East Side development.

trobbflo
trobbflo

This is amazing news. The importance of this undertaking to preservation and sustainable neighborhood development in the City of Buffalo is potentially enormous. It's a very heavy lift, but the involvement of the EPA, an apparently groundbreaking approach, integration with the Olmsted corridor plan, urban agriculture sites, etc. shows promise. If the administration, regional authorities, and people of Buffalo get behind this idea we can make it happen. Congratulations to the FCNC. The plan, the benchmarks, and the results will demonstrate the feasibility of the proposal but this is far better than the attitude of indifference and surrender that has hindered East Side development.

dave majewski
dave majewski

Sounds like - again - someone from this community considers concerted attempts at economic and environmental progress, for the good of all, is a bad thing.

I would think that perhaps the best thing to do here is ascertain what the FCNC has to offer and the representative complexion, efforts, results, parters... of the group.

This EPA grant is a huge step forward - and hopefully only the beginning.

We are in a dynamic period of regeneration requiring leadership that is focused, consistant, responsive and positive.

Great job - and thank you.

"It is not the strongest of the species, nor the most intelligent that survives, rather it is the one most adaptive to change." Darwin

dave majewski
dave majewski

Sounds like - again - someone from this community considers concerted attempts at economic and environmental progress, for the good of all, is a bad thing.

I would think that perhaps the best thing to do here is ascertain what the FCNC has to offer and the representative complexion, efforts, results, parters... of the group.

This EPA grant is a huge step forward - and hopefully only the beginning.

We are in a dynamic period of regeneration requiring leadership that is focused, consistant, responsive and positive.

Great job - and thank you.

"It is not the strongest of the species, nor the most intelligent that survives, rather it is the one most adaptive to change." Darwin

LancasterPat
LancasterPat

This sounds like a project HUD would normally partake in as opposed to the EPA.

LancasterPat
LancasterPat

This sounds like a project HUD would normally partake in as opposed to the EPA.

Eastsider
Eastsider

This sounds great.

The question is how representative is the FCNC. Who are they? What is the project boundaries.

A major issue in the Broadway Fillmore community is a lot of people who grew up, left the community, live in places like Clarence now want to come back, revive a neighborhood but really do not want to hear the voices of the community. Have great plans, get angry when when residents living there don't agree with them. Blame the current residents for destroying the neighborhood they grew up in despite evidence that real estate flipping, absentee landlords contributed to a lot of abandonment.

Despite the population loss, decline,there are still concerned residents, very interested in their neighborhood, take care of their properties, look out for their neighbors. But because they are not Polish, they are seen as obstructionist. Yet, these are the residents who make the 311 calls, who do the confidential tips in regards to drug dealing and prostitution, and contributed to getting rid of a lot of the drug dealers. Yet, these are the very same residents who are not welcome at community meetings, because they are not hip.

Hopefully, EPA will maybe provide sensitivity training to the Clarence clique to maybe listen to residents instead of imposing another plan? Maybe start thinking outside the box on how to build on the assets of residents, business owners, and the churches (not just Polish) who struggle everyday to pick up the garbage, mow grass on vacant lots next to them, and remove the snow from the vacant lot next door, help out the elderly resident next door.

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