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Buffalo, New York

Discover our urbanist's guide to Buffalo.

Niagara Square - Buffalo Radial Street Plan

Niagara Square is the central point of Buffalo's radial street plan. It's the terminus for important avenues like Delaware Avenue and Niagara Street, and was constructed to serve as a social gathering point...

Canalside

Canalside is a waterfront district featuring public space, parks and direct waterfront access.  The district convenes at Main Street and Marine Drive -- the epicentre of Buffalo's waterfront revitalization efforts.

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Buffalo Skyway Corridor Revitalization (Proposed Redevelopment)

The Buffalo Skyway is a four-lane, elevated highway extending 6.4 kilometers (4 miles) along Buffalo's waterfront. It was constructed in 1955 and carries about 40,000 cars per day. It is raised over 100 feet (30 meters) above the harbour allowing for container ships and sail boats to pass underneath...

New York Central Belt Line

The New York Central Belt Line is a 24-kilometer (15-mile) rail line surrounding downtown Buffalo. It was established in 1883 to transport both commuters and freight...

Wonder Bread Bakery

The Wonder Bread Bakery is a shuttered and highly vandalized factory located along the belt line in the Fougeron-Belt Line Historic District. It was constructed in 1914 and was designed by architect C.B. Comstock. It closed in 2004 and utilities were shut off around 2017. The site represents...

Wildflowers for Buffalo Mural

The Wildflowers for Buffalo Mural is a stunning floral mural by Louise Jones, completed in 2018 and commissioned by the Albright-Knox Art Gallery as part of the AK Public Art Initiative.

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Willert Park Courts

Willert Park Courts was an all-black housing complex made up of 141 units and built in 1939, 1942 and 1944. As of mid-2020 it is slated for demolition. It represents a significant moment in Buffalo's history of racial segregation...

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