July 10, 2016, 5am PDT
With less than 60,000 residents, Hamburg, New York might fly under the housing policy radar, but the small town is the first in Western New York to approve inclusionary zoning. Buffalo could be next.
June 6, 2016, 1pm PDT
Once only accessible to pedestrians and Metro Rail, Main Street in Buffalo is seeing automobile traffic and business investment again.
August 26, 2015, 7am PDT
A plan to revitalize Buffalo's Outer Harbor as an expansive, fully programmed park was sunk by a housing component. A new draft is expected soon.
June 4, 2015, 1pm PDT
The former steel town of Lackawanna, in Erie County, New York, is the latest beneficiary of the growing reach of land banks.
September 27, 2014, 1pm PDT
Solar panel company SolarCity unveiled plans for one of the largest solar panel factories to open in Buffalo, New York, forecasting almost 3,000 jobs for the factory alone.
January 31, 2014, 10am PST
Two years after Governor Andrew Cuomo outlined an ambitious 10-year, $1 billion effort to revive the Buffalo Niagara economy, the areas targeted for investment are beginning to become clear, reports David Robinson.
November 5, 2013, 9am PST
New York State received good news on Oct. 31: A $1.6 billion loan has been approved toward the $4 billion replacement of the Tappan Zee Bridge. The remainder will be borrowed from the private sector. A commission will offer ways to repay the loans.
March 27, 2013, 1pm PDT
The development of the $750M Buffalo Niagara Medical Campus, which will soon be home to 17,500 employees, is being seen as a catalyst for a culture change in the city towards urban lifestyles oriented around its heretofore underutilized rail system.
February 21, 2013, 2pm PST
From Niagara Falls comes news that the State of New York will rip out a two-mile stretch of the Robert Moses Parkway, which has divided city residents from the scenic Niagara Gorge for a half-century.
April 4, 2012, 1pm PDT
Just months after a proposal to build the first wind farm to be located offshore on any of the Great Lakes was shelved, five neighboring states have struck a deal with the Obama administration to develop offshore wind farms more quickly.
October 31, 2011, 7am PDT
Buffalo reporters Maki Becker and Jay Rey look at a Brookings Institution report that reveals the majority of locals living below the poverty line live in the Erie and Niagara county suburbs.
April 8, 2011, 1pm PDT
Buffalo is the emptiest city in the state of New York, with 15.7 percent of its housing standing vacant. The problem is spreading to the nearby suburbs.
September 5, 2010, 5am PDT
Even as the City of Buffalo is spending millions to build new historically appropriate buildings on the waterfront, true historic buildings are allowed to be destroyed mere blocks away, says Donn Esmonde.
August 5, 2010, 12pm PDT
In a recent speech, Buffalo Mayor Byron Brown called the people who spoke out against a Bass Pro Shop "obstructionists." One of those obstructionists speaks out about the city's economic development processes, which he calls
March 5, 2010, 12pm PST
A 12-story condominium proposed for Crystal Beach in Fort Erie, Ontario brought protesters out in droves, but despite the fact that objections outweighed approvals by 2-1, the city council approved the project.
February 25, 2010, 1pm PST
A pro-smart growth group in Lockport, NY attempted to stop a WalMart Supercenter from being built in their town, but the state supreme court rejected their appeal.
June 5, 2009, 8am PDT
The Planning Board of Buffalo has urged the developers of a new hotel on the waterfront to make design changes so that it looks less "bunkerlike".
June 18, 2008, 6am PDT
<p>Bethlehem Steel left 25 years ago, but a new, mysterious energy company is brining a glimmer of hope to Lackawanna, New York. The proposed plant, to be built on Bethlehem's brownfields, would convert petroleum coke into synthetic gas.</p>
September 11, 2007, 5am PDT
<p>Former Milwaukee Mayor John Norquist visits Buffalo to protest state DOT's plan to expand freeway infrastructure on city's Outer Harbor, calls for demolition of elevated freeway and replacement with at-grade urban boulevard.</p>
April 19, 2007, 6am PDT
<p>The region appears ready to adopt a plan that will discourage unsustainable development.</p>