"Rehabs are an important sign to me of continuing progress in the rebirth of the West Side of Buffalo. I can recall specifically not seeing any rehabs during the 90's. Instead, I saw a lot of "For Sale" signs, so many in fact, that I started wondering whether something deadly was happening on Buffalo's West Side.
"In the mid 90's, it wasn't uncommon to see 5 or 6 "For Sale " signs on both sides of the street on every block of Richmond, Ashland and Norwood and just as many on the cross streets. There is no doubt in my mind that the GardenWalk was a main contributor in ending this very scary situation. Currently, you see one house for sale, maybe every other block, and it sells quickly and for a good price. Rehabs don't happen in declining neighborhoods.
"Rehabs express progress, and they express faith in the future of Buffalo.
"So, let's start with 109 Norwood (rendering at top and photo below). This house is undergoing a complete external and internal overhaul. The finished product will be a single-family and brick."