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Join the Conversation: Vision for Black Rock Harbor and the Western Scajaquada

Have you ever take the time to contemplate the vast possibilities that surround the Black Rock Harbor and Western Scajaquada? This area is steeped in history, some of it incredibly, and some of it incredibly disappointing.

Recently, Governor Cuomo held a conference on sustainable development in the City of Buffalo. The outcome of that conference proved that people are looking to live in areas of the city that are bounded by water, have a sense of history and cultural identity, are very walkable and offer the services and amenities to live happy, comfortable lives. There are numerous places that fit most of these categories in the city, but as we start to grow, we will need to identify even more.

The land that comprises the Black Rock Harbor and the Western Scajaquada (Elmwood to Niagara along the Scajaquada) is very unique, and if cleaned up and developed the right way, would be very desirable. This area could be the next hot spot for a new generation of Buffalonians looking to enjoy all of the offerings of city living. But in order to get us to that point, there needs to be a plan of action. And in order to get a plan of action, there needs to be community input. 

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On Tuesday, October 4, from 6pm to 8pm, Western Scajaquada Coalition and the BRRAlliance will be hosting a presentation at the Buffalo History Museum. The presentation (white paper and vision) will showcase the potential (not a foregone conclusion) of what this vast stretch of property is capable of achieving. 

Our underlying principles include:

  • Economic development – 150 million dollars and more of potential growth
  • Intersecting communities – bringing communities together
  • Providing jobs and a better quality of life for our residents
  • Engaging our Greenway and Border – Outer Harbor /Inner Harbor/Black Rock Harbor
  • Using Technology and Tourism as economic drivers
  • Using our education resources as a means of sustainable growth
  • Ecological restoration, restoring prime habitat, increasing eco-tourism

The community is invited to come and see what is possible and join the conversation.

Written by queenseyes


Newell Nussbaumer is 'queenseyes' - Eyes of the Queen City and Founder of Buffalo Rising. Co-founder Elmwood Avenue Festival of the Arts. Co-founder Powder Keg Festival that built the world's largest ice maze (Guinness Book of World Records). Instigator behind Emerald Beach at the Erie Basin Marina. Co-created Flurrious! winter festival. Co-creator of Rusty Chain Beer. Instigator behind Saturday Artisan Market (SAM) at Canalside, Buffalo Porchfest, and Paint vs. Paint. Founder of The Peddler retro and vintage market on Elmwood. Instigator behind Liberty Hound @ Canalside. Throws The Witches Ball at Statler City, the Hertel Alley Street Art Festival, and The Flutterby Festival.

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