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PhotoVoice’s Photo-of-the-Week

PhotoVoices Photo of the WeekCitizens from all parts of Erie and Niagara counties are adding their photos to express what they want to see changed or saved in their neighborhoods and communities across our region.

PhotoVoices Across Our RegionTo submit your own photo, visit our PhotoVoices page. New photos are selected weekly from photos submitted by citizens across our region.


May 9, 2014 Photo-of-the-Week  |  Submitted by SandraPhotoVoicesPhotoOfWeek5-9-14

Radial streets on Buffalo’s East Side, like Genesee, could act as armatures for reinvest on this side of the city. With a wealth of historic fabric still remaining and strong connections to the downtown core, investment should be prioritized along these corridors before any more buildings are lost.”



May 2, 2014 Photo-of-the-Week  |  Submitted by TerriPhotoVoicesPhotoOfWeek5-2-14

Dig is a new coworking space located in the former loading dock of the Trico building. Run by the Buffalo Niagara Medical Campus, dig provides entrepreneurs and startups with access to shared resources, networks, and knowledge to help small business flourish in Buffalo once again. We should think about how more of our old, unused spaces can be repurposed for the new economy.”

April 25, 2014 Photo-of-the-Week  |  Submitted by TracyPhotoVoicesPhotoOfWeek4-25-14

Maritime history is the most important element of Buffalo’s growth and how it emerged as the fourth largest city in America in the 1800′s. Appreciating Lake Erie, and its relationships to the Great Lakes System is something that will last much longer than any historic structure, reclaimed park, urban farm or preservation campaign. I don’t want to change it. I want to embrace it- even in its current state of existence that may not appeal to the masses.”

April 18, 2014 Photo-of-the-Week  |  Submitted by EliasPhotoVoicesPhotoOfWeek4-18-14

The developments in the Buffalo Niagara Medical Campus aim to address some basic human needs, in addition to facilitating the development of a sustainable local economy. They provide health care and education opportunities. Additionally, the BNMC offers several energy efficient amenities, including electric vehicle charging stations and LEED-certified buildings. Developed through solid public-private collaboration, BNMC attempts to create a sustainable campus, with quality transportation, streetscape, and infrastructure.”

April 11, 2014 Photo-of-the-Week  |  Submitted by EliasPhotoVoicesPhotoOfWeek4-11-14

The Massachusetts Avenue Project is a positive example of a local urban fresh produce provider. The farm features a massive rain water collection system, flower beds, two greenhouses, a chicken coop, on-site composting, and a new aquaponics system for raising fish and plants in an urban setting. It is one of a series of grassroots gardens in Buffalo, and the largest such project. It is a place to grow and distribute fresh produce and other farm products, such as fish and eggs, to a neighborhood that otherwise has no access to these things. In addition to providing access to healthy food, the Massachusetts Avenue Project also offers classes on how to grow your own food, as well as a youth outreach program and a mobile market unit – a truck that brings the produce to neighborhoods in the area without reliable access to fresh produce. This addresses the growing need for urban agriculture, while also providing services aimed towards increasing the quality of life for the residents of the neighborhood.”

April 4, 2014 Photo-of-the-Week  |  Submitted by AnonymousPhotoVoicesPhotoOfWeek4-4-14

The Tonawanda Coke plant was recently charged with a variety of environmental violations. The plant had been releasing benzene, which was covered up in previous investigations by the company. Local residents reported worse air quality and higher cancer rates. A stronger stand needs to be taken against heavy industries who continuously violate the rules, because the local communities are the ones that suffer.”

March 21, 2014 Photo-of-the-Week  |  Submitted by PaulaPhotoVoicesPhotoOfWeek3-21-14(2)

The oxbow wetland in West Seneca is an environmental success story in the region. Through the leadership of Buffalo Niagara Riverkeeper along with other environmental organizations, ownership of the wetland was transferred to the Town of West Seneca with a conservation easement to preserve the wetland and protect it from future development. Wetlands provide many important environmental and human health benefits, so it is important that we continue to protect these valuable resources.”

March 14, 2014 Photo-of-the-Week  |  Submitted by TimothyPhotoVoicesPhotoOfWeek3-14-14

Windmills are a great source of cheap, clean, renewable energy. With this region being one of the windiest in the country (especially along the shores of Lake Erie), I would love to see more of these go up around this area to help supply our endless need for energy.”




March 7, 2014 Photo-of-the-Week  |  Submitted by MonicaPhotoVoicesPhotoOfWeek3-7-14

This old rail right-of-way is slated to be one of the first Rails to Trails projects in the City of Buffalo. We should think about how we can turn more of these rail corridors into a regional network of greenways and bike paths, removing the potential for conflict between cars, pedestrians, and bicyclists.”



February 28, 2014 Photo-of-the-Week  |  Submitted by KimPhotoVoicesPhotoOfWeek2-28-14

Creating bike paths allows residents to use bicycles to travel throughout the city, which encourages neighborhood and community growth. Owning a bicycle is a cheaper alternative to owning an automobile, and creates for a healthier city atmosphere. The city already installed almost 12 miles of bike lanes, and should continue installing more.”

February 21, 2014 Photo-of-the-Week  |  Submitted by Paula

PhotoVoicesPhotoOfWeek2-21-14The Avant building in Buffalo’s central business district is a good example of how modern mixed-use buildings can improve housing and urban density. Locating residential, retail, and commercial space within the same building is an efficient use of land, while building vertically and locating parking in underground ramps also reduces the building’s footprint on the land. Building in high density is good for the local economy, as residents of the apartments are located within walking distance of jobs, food, and entertainment, while a variety of tourists and visitors are attracted to the area and can easily visit multiple destinations without a car.”

February 14, 2014 Photo-of-the-Week  |  Submitted by Scott

PhotoVoicesPhotoOfWeek2-14-14The area of Grant Street north of the Scajaquada Expressway is similar to Elmwood Avenue in that it is a mixed use neighborhood with residential and commercial development, as well as a walkable neighborhood. However, it doesn’t have the reputation of a trendy, safe neighborhood that Elmwood Avenue does. One of the first steps in making this neighborhood sustainable and desirable is to fix the buildings without occupants. There are many buildings that could be converted into stores and restaurants with the right investment. People need a reason to want to live in and travel to these neighborhoods, such as stores, services and jobs.”