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Present-day Buffalo, New York

Present-day Buffalo, New York

(p.119) 6 Present-day Buffalo, New York
Affordable Housing in US Shrinking Cities
Robert Mark SilvermanKelly L. PattersonLi YinMolly RanahanLaiyun Wu
Policy Press

This chapter examines Buffalo, New York’s urban revitalization strategies. It begins with a discussion of the structural causes of the city’s population decline. This is followed by an examination of the relationship between shrinking in metropolitan Buffalo and the intensification of segregation in institutions like the public schools and urban housing markets. After examining regional population and housing characteristics, the chapter examines conditions in the area of Buffalo where eds and meds revitalization strategies have been adopted. This analysis includes an examination of the composition of HUD subsidized housing in areas slated for eds and meds revitalization. This focus is adopted in order to gain insights into the degree to which the preservation and expansion of affordable housing was factored into anchor-based revitalization strategies. In the chapter’s final section, the degree to which these strategies are equitable and sustainable is examined.

Keywords:   buffalo, eds and meds, housing segregation, school segregation

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