7 References and Source Documentation

The Queen City in the 21st Century builds on literally decades of work by a broad cross section of public agency staff, consultants, and citizens. Peter J. Smith Inc. added to the mix with their diagnostic review of the city with policy framework proposals reported on in 2000 for the Office of Strategic Planning (see City of Buffalo Comprehensive Plan: Citywide Neighborhood Inventory and Assessment).

The list of sources below references the work products prepared over several months in 2002 for a series of weekly meetings with the OSP planning team, updating and analyzing current conditions, identifying issues, developing policy positions, and, in another series of meetings in 2003, developing the comprehensive plan. All of the documents are compiled in a large notebook maintained in the Office of Strategic Planning.

The plan also builds on the ongoing work of the Good Neighbors Planning Alliance and a history of public engagement in a series of downtown and neighborhood summits documented in the Downtown Buffalo 2002! Program (www.downtownbuffalo2002.org) and in Experiments in Democracy: The Buffalo Summit Series, 1994-98, produced by The Urban Design Project, School of Architecture and Planning, University at Buffalo, State University of New York (1998)

 Demographic Analysis and Trends:

 Information Presented by David DiSalvo (OSP) [Printed Material];

TABLE DP-1. Profile of General Demographic Trends: 2000, Geographic Area: Buffalo City, NY (Source: US Census Bureau)

City of Buffalo, New York Population Comparison Graphics 1990 to 2000 (Prepared By: City of Buffalo, Planning Analysis, October 30, 2001)

June 1977 "Buffalo City Plan" (Prepared By: Division of Planning: Paul Barrick, Richard H. Gennuso, and Daniel J. Guminiski)

Demographic Profile 1990 and 2000, City of Buffalo / Erie County (Source: US Census Bureau) 

School Situation and Outlook:

Information Presented by Mel Alston (BPS) (Report & PowerPoint Presentation Print-Out);

Buffalo Public Schools Executive Committee for Building Usage, Presentation to the Board, March 13, 2002 (Power Point)

CHOICE COMMITTEE, February / March 2002. Current Structure of Schools, Background, Choice Proposal, Demographic Data, Phase I Reconstruction Plan, Enrollment Projection Study, Districtwide Technology Projects. (Board of Education Committee formed January, 2002, Mission: School placement choices that reflect district diversity objectives.)

Neighborhood and Housing Conditions and Outlook:

Information Presented by Joanne Kearns, Mary Lesniak, Fred Heinle, Chuck Thomas [Printed Material].

 “History of the Community Based Organization Network” (Joanne Kearns)

 “City Sponsored & Community Based Organizations – Programs and Housing-Related Services” [Brochure] (Source: West Side Neighborhood Housing Services, Blackrock / Riverside NHS, City of Buffalo)

 “2002 – 2003 Emergency Shelter Grant Notification of Funds Availability” (Source: Mary Lesniak, City of Buffalo Office of Strategic Planning, Division of Residential Development)

Housing Design Advisory Board, Lower West Side Neighborhood Stabilization Demonstration Project, (Buffalo, NY: The Urban Design Project, University at Buffalo, State University of New York, 2002).

The Lower West Side: Strategies for Neighborhood and Community Development, (Source: The Urban Design Project, University at Buffalo, State University of New York, 1994)


Information Presented by Hal Morse (GBNRTC) [Report & PowerPoint Presentation]; David Stebbins (BERC) and Chuck Thomas (OSP) [Printed Material and Power Point];

City Smart “Targeted” Land Development, A Strategic Plan for Real Estate Investment, Buffalo Economic Renaissance Corp., Mayor Anthony M. Masiello, Chairman, Alan H. DeLisle, President (Source: GBNRTC, May 2001).

Buffalo Comprehensive Plan Committee GBNRTC Long Range Plan 2030, (Source: GBNRTC, Erie and Niagara County’s Metropolitan Planning Organization (MPO) A Cooperative Association of Area Governments and Agencies (Power Point, April 8, 2002)

Good Neighbors Planning Alliance (GNPA) Area Map, (Source: Office of Strategic Planning Analysis Section (April 16, 2002)

 Environmental/Real Estate:

Information Presented By: City Preservation Board, John Laping; Environmental Management Commission (EMC); Bruce Coleman; Friends of the Buffalo Niagara Rivers, Julie O’Neill; COB Parks Dept, Andy Rabb and David Colligan; COB Public Works Dept. Commissioner Joseph Giambra, Dennis Maloney; (Power Point Presentation, Print-Outs) 

City of Buffalo DRAFT Preservation Board Structure and procedure (Source: John Laping, City Preservation Board) (April 15, 2002)

Friends of the Buffalo Niagara Rivers River Project Sheet (Source: Julie O’Neill, Friends of the Buffalo Niagara Rivers.

City of Buffalo Urban Park and Recreation Recovery Program, Urban Action Planning (RAP) (Source: Julie O’Neill, Friends of the Buffalo Niagara Rivers).

Excerpts from: DRAFT “City of Buffalo Green Infrastructure Report: Inventory, Analysis & Recommendations,” Prepared by the Friends of the Buffalo Niagara Rivers For Presentation to the Buffalo Environmental Management Commission (Source: ibid.) (January 23, 2002).

Cover Letter, Context and Definition of Substantive Documents Submitted, Bruce Coleman, Chairman, Buffalo Environmental Management Commission (April 18, 2002) Outline of the following: General Plan: Buffalo Environmental Policy, Buffalo’s existing environmental plan as submitted by the City Administration to the Common Council, circa 1995) (Source: Prepared by the City Administration in cooperation with the Environmental Management Commission and a citizen group) 

BEMC Letter to Director of Planning Kevin Greiner, (Summary of the City’s official environmental advisory board regarding the approach and strategic focus of the overall Master Plan at the onset of the Master Plan planning phase, October 30, 1997)

Letters to Commissioner Joe Ryan (December 15, 2000), Charles Thomas (November 28, 2000 and letter copied to Charles Thomas (December 1, 2000), (The views of the official environmental advisory board on the evolving plan).

 “Vision” DRAFT document as submitted to Mayor Anthony M. Masiello, Outline of a proposed City Environmental Agenda (Source: Citizen group convened circa Fall 2001 to meet with the Mayor on a regular basis in response to the City environmental agenda submitted to them by the Mayor’s staff.)

City Environmental Agenda: Ongoing Dialogue, "It is intended that conversation between Mayor Masiello, Citizens and the BEMC, shall proceed toward the production of a mutual Environmental Agenda".

“Tree Inventory Report for the City of Buffalo, New York”, (Prepared By: Davey Resource Group, A Division of The Davey Tree Expert Company, 1500 North Martha Street, P.O. Box 5193, Kent, Ohio 44240-5193, TEL 1-800-445-TREE) (November 2001).

Public Choices and the Dynamics of Sprawl, for The League of Women Voters of Buffalo and Western New York (Source: The Urban Design Project, University at Buffalo, State University of New York, 2003).

Financial Capacity

Information presented by: John Sheffer (regional context); Lawrence Rubin (Erie County); Tony Krayna (City Assessment); Len Tempestoso (OSP – Capital Budget Process); Presentations varied [Reports, Power Point print outs];

“Glossary of Terms”, Abbreviated City of Buffalo Tax and Assessment Policy and Procedure Definitions (Source: City of Buffalo, Tax & Assessment - Tony Krayna).

 “Regional Context for City Planning”, DRAFT Informal Notes, (Source: John Sheffer, University at Buffalo Institute for Local Governance and Regional Growth, 3455 Main Street, Beck Hall, Buffalo, New York 14214-3004, TEL 829 – 3777) (April 22, 2003).

 “News from County Executive Giambra, BI-County Growth Plan Unveiled” (Source: Erie County Works – County Executive http://www.erie.gov/executive_growthplam.phtml) [Internet Article] May 24, 2002).

 “Framework for Regional Growth Erie and Niagara Counties” (Source: Erie County Works – County Executive. http://www.erie.gov/executive_growthplan_framework.phtml [Internet Article] May 24, 2002).

 “City of Buffalo Capital Budget Status” Source: City of Buffalo Capital Budget - Len Tempestoso – City of Buffalo, Ofc. Of Strategic Planning, Resource Development Specialist (Power Point Presentation) (May 2002).

Downtown/Waterfront/Medical Campus:

Information Presented by Robert Shibley (Downtown); Lucy Cook/ Mark Mistretta (Waterfront Corridor Initiative); Matt Enstice (Buffalo Niagara Medical Campus); Jill Lemke (Neighborhood Plan – Good Neighbors’ Planning Alliance); Henry Taylor, Ph.D. (Neighborhood Plan – Fruitbelt); – Presentations varied [Power Point Presentation, Reports, Print-Outs]

Downtown Buffalo 2002! News, "The Revised Strategic Plan for Downtown Buffalo - Draft for Review April 2002: The Vision Update: Imagine…" [Newspaper] (Volume1, Number 1, Special/ April 2002) www.downtownbuffalo2002.org.

The Queen City Hub: Regional Action Plan for Downtown Buffalo (Draft) (Produced by Downtown Buffalo 2002! – The City of Buffalo, Buffalo Place Inc. and the University at Buffalo, Urban Design Project) www.downtownbuffalo2002.org.

Buffalo Niagara Medical Campus (BNMC) Draft Master Plan (Produced By: Chan Krieger & Associates Architecture)

 “The Buffalo Waterfront Corridor Initiative: Organizing for Change, an Action Program for Buffalo’s Waterfront” [Brochure] (Prepared for The City of Buffalo in collaboration with the consultant team of Wendel Duchscherer, with The University at Buffalo, Urban Design Project www.urbandesignproject.org)

 “The Waterfront Corridor Initiative – Organizing for Action” [Power Point Presentation] (Prepared collaboratively for: The City of Buffalo, by Lucy Cook, Office of Strategic Planning Project Manager, with the assistance of the consultant team of Wendel Duchscherer and The University at Buffalo Urban Design Project, May 2002). 

“Site Review TABLE – Proposed Use Status” (Prepared collaboratively for: The City of Buffalo, with the assistance of the consultant team of Wendel Duchscherer and The University at Buffalo Urban Design Project, May 2002).

 “Summary of Preliminary Draft City of Buffalo LWRP Policies” (Prepared by: Wendel Duchscherer, January 15, 2002).

 “Good Neighbors’ Planning Alliance Process Timeline” (Prepared by: Jill Lemke, Source: Community Planning Handbook, Page i – l, May 2002).

 “Good Neighbors’ Planning Alliance, Community Planning Introductory Guide” (Prepared by: Jill Lemke, provided for distribution: May 2002).

 “The Turning Point – A Strategic Plan and Action Agenda for the Fruitbelt / Medical Corridor” (Prepared by: The Center for Urban Studies, University at Buffalo, March 27, 2001).

 Commercial Retail:

Information Presented by Paula Alcala Rosner (OSP, Commercial Strips /Retail);

“Quantitative Research,” created for the City of Buffalo Office of Strategic Planning (Conducted By: Goldhaber Research Associates, LLC, December 17, 2001).

 “The City of Buffalo Retail Shopping and Restaurant Usage Study.” Executive Report, Conducted for: The City of Buffalo Office of Strategic Planning (Prepared by: Goldhaber Research Associates, LLC) (Conducted: Septembers 19, 2001 – October 6, 2001).


 Information presented by Anthony Hazzan (Buffalo Sewer Authority); Joseph Giambra (Public Works).

 “Waste Management Practices For Combined Sewer Overflows” (Submitted: May 2002).

63rd Buffalo Sewer Authority Annual Report 2000 – 2001 (For the year ended June 30, 2001).

Overview presentation and informal notes on building maintenance, street infrastructure (presented by Joe Giambra).

Overview presentation and informal notes on the Buffalo Water Authority capacities and proposal for sale to Erie County (Public Works). 

Additional References

Beveridge, C. E. and Rocheleau, P. Frederick Law Olmsted: Designing the American Landscape. (New York: Rizzoli, 1995).

Goldman, M. High Hopes: The Rise and Decline of Buffalo, (Albany, NY: SUNY Press, 1983).

Goldman, M. City on the Lake: The Challenge of Change in Buffalo. (New York: Prometheus, 1990).

Kowsky, F. R. et al, Buffalo Architecture: A Guide. (Cambridge, MA: MIT Press, 1981).

Shibley, R. and Hovey, B., ed. Rethinking Niagara. (Buffalo, NY: The Urban Design Project, University at Buffalo, State
University of New York and The Waterfront Regeneration Trust, 2001).