City of Buffalo, New York Press releases 2007 - 2008
Economic and Cultural Renaissance Is Alive and Well
Located at the crossroads of a historically significant parkway system and home to an impressive collection
of world-class architecture, Elmwood Village is a premier urban, mixed-use neighborhood that dates back to Joseph Ellicott's
1804 plan for the City of Buffalo, New York.
The American Planning Association has selected Elmwood Village as one of 10 Great Neighborhoods in America for
its vitality, broad spectrum of cultural and social assets, and its commitment to maintaining high community standards while
solving real problems.
Tucked inside the City of Buffalo, mixed-use Elmwood Village is a neighborhood where one can find examples of
works by renowned landscape designer Frederick Law Olmsted and architect Frank Lloyd Wright. The village also is home to several
world-class cultural institutions, including the Albright-Knox Art Gallery, which contains one of the country's best collections
of modern art. It includes a prosperous commercial district, primarily along Elmwood Avenue, with more than 200 shops and
restaurants. Four large colleges and universities are located in or near the neighborhood, adding to the area's diversity
and vibrancy. Helping make the neighborhood attractive and comfortable to pedestrians is the Elmwood Village Association,
which has established design guidelines for the area to ensure new development does not detract from the existing architecture
While Ellicott's plan gave definition to this neighborhood, it was a series of planning efforts spanning two
centuries that wove Elmwood Village's intricate urban, economic, and cultural tapestry. The earliest, in 1868, was Olmsted's
Park and Parkway System. Delaware Park, at the village's northeastern corner, is considered the system's crown jewel. Criss-crossing
the village are three of Olmsted's tree-lined parkways graced with the homes of 19th-century industrial leaders and today's
Fine examples of residential and institutional architecture abound. H.H. Richardson's Buffalo State Hospital
complex and Frank Lloyd Wright's William Heath House are joined by Eliel and Eero Saarinen's modernist Kleinhan's Music Hall
and E.B. Green's Greek-revival Albright Knox Art Gallery.
Despite these assets, residents left Elmwood Village for suburbia during the latter half of the 20th century.
A dwindling customer base caused businesses along Elmwood Avenue, the community's main street, to close up shop. In the 1980s
and early 1990s, the street saw a slow resurgence of small, funky retailers and college bars, attracted by quirky spaces and
To encourage an economic and cultural renaissance, the nonprofit Elmwood Village Association was formed in 1994.
With membership drawn from both the business and residential sectors, the organization used planning to reclaim the neighborhood's
former vitality. One of its first successes was narrowing Elmwood Avenue and widening its sidewalks to shift the street's
emphasis from cars to pedestrians.
Intelligent street design and management has enhanced the visibility of local shops, restaurants, and entertainment
venues. Elmwood Avenue businesses rely heavily on foot traffic, so the streetscape is of
prime importance to retailers. Today, Elmwood Avenue is one of Buffalo's busiest commercial districts with some
200 boutiques, restaurants, and taverns.
It also is a place where business owners and residents work together to preserve the community's unique urban
character and bolster its image. The result is a lively, walkable, clean, safe, and sustainable district where community spirit
In 2005 the City of Buffalo announced plans to reconstruct a segment of Elmwood Avenue. The village association
solicited neighborhood input and presented an alternative plan with a higher level of pedestrian amenities, including intersection
bulb-outs, traffic circles, and other traffic calming measures. The Elmwood Village community hopes to have many of these
elements included in the city's final reconstruction plan.
Design guidelines adopted by the association have resulted in new mixed-use structures built up to the street
and in character with neighborhood architectural styles rather than single-use buildings set back from the street and surrounded
Standards are high in Elmwood Village, but given its proactive, "can-do" attitude, the neighborhood is able
to support the needs of today's local businesses and residents without losing sight of its historic past
NATIONAL LIEUTENANT GOVERNORS ASSOCIATION TO HOLD 2008 ANNUAL MEETING IN BUFFALO
Lieutenant Governor David A. Paterson today announced that the 2008 Annual Meeting of the National Lieutenant Governors
Association (NGLA) will take place in Buffalo in the summer of 2008.
This will be the first time in more than forty years that the NLGA will hold its annual meeting in New York State. Founded
in 1962, the Association met in New York City in 1964.
“Buffalo’s selection as the host city for the NLGA’s annual meeting will provide a useful economic boost
to the region while exhibiting the city’s appeal as a diverse and vital center for tourism and other events of this
magnitude,” said Lieutenant Governor Paterson. “I’m delighted by the Association’s decision and I
will be proud to welcome my colleagues from across the country at the start of my tenure as North East Regional Representative
at Large for the NLGA.”
Mayor Byron W. Brown said, “Being awarded the National Lieutenant Governors Association Annual Meeting is yet another
example of the City of Buffalo’s strength as a destination for national conferences and tourism. This conference also
signifies the immediate impact our new State Leadership is having on promoting upstate cities to a national audience. I look
forward to welcoming each state's Lieutenant Governor, their families and their staff to our city next summer and showing
them why Buffalo truly is an All-American City.”
NLGA Chairman and Michigan Lieutenant Governor John Cherry said, “The National Lieutenant Governors Association is
delighted to return to New York for the first time in more than 40 years. The NLGA selected Buffalo, New York, as the site
of the 2008 Annual Meeting due to the leadership of New York Lieutenant Governor David Paterson and the hospitality of Mayor
Buffalo Niagara Convention & Visitors Bureau President and CEO Richard Geiger said, “We're delighted to be hosting
the 2008 National Lieutenant Governors Association. We're pleased this extremely prestigious group of elected officials chose
Buffalo for their conference and we would like to extend our warmest welcome from the City of Good Neighbors. We hope their
stay in our community is both productive and pleasurable.”
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