Invest in Public Transit
The GBNRTC and the NFTA should focus on and prioritize transit improvements linking Downtown with the Airport (Airport Corridor) as well as both University at Buffalo campuses (University Corridor).
Encourage Block – by – Block Revitalization
Existing neighborhood revitalization programs at the City of Buffalo (such as HOME and Community Development Block Grant funds) and New York State (from agencies such as Division of Housing and Community Renewal, and the Housing Finance Agency) levels should incorporate criteria for comprehensive community development, ensuring that communities and not just individual buildings are addressed.
Establish an Erie County Planning Board
Erie County should pass and implement a Countywide Planning Board, operationalizing the Erie Niagara Framework for Regional Growth, to help guide investment decisions in a rational and cost effective manner.
Create and Implement Green Plans
Erie County and the City of Buffalo should hire full-time sustainability directors and staff to work with the community to create and implement plans with measurable goals to make our governments and our communities more sustainable, including compliance with the US Mayors’ Climate Protection Agreement.