Creating a place from nowhere: An alternative for Buffalo, NY
Carter, Chauncey J.
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The topic of this thesis is an exploration of different ways to address the extreme disinvestment that has occurred in urban communities. The form of these communities is not the fault of the residents, but of external variables beyond their control. Various social programs over the years have attempted to correct the social and economic disparity within inner-city community. Despite these challenges, some communities have found a method to restore their individual communities economically and socially. The Emerson community in Buffalo is a prime example of a community which suffers from an extreme case of disinvestment. This community suffers from the deterioration of the physical infrastructure which leads to vacancy, leading to blight and arson. In addition, the community suffers from social deterioration due to the lack of essential services needed by the community. The objective of the study is to use the Emerson community as a living laboratory. When studying the Emerson Community, focus will be paid to children and teenagers of ages 5-19, because design interventions would have the most impact on this particular group. Through the study of the Emerson Community, one comprehensive design scheme was developed in six phases. These six phases transform the neighborhood into a sustainable urban village. The design facilitates improved access to economic resources, as well as a lower ecological footprint through renewable energy and transit-oriented development. Various lessons were learned through the study of this neighborhood in particular. If these communities are to return to past prominence and become livable places, focus must be directed towards Equity, Economics, and Environment. Due to the lack of economic capital, the people of the community need outside assistance in order to improve their quality of life.