A University at Buffalo article highlights the 2021 Center for Urban Studies report
on inequality in Buffalo over the past three decades. Conducted with support from community and academic partners, the study focused on conditions impacting Black residents, and explained how discriminatory policymaking fueled decades of underdevelopment in predominantly Black neighborhoods. The report, titled “The Harder We Run: The State of Black Buffalo in 1990 and the Present,” is receiving renewed attention following the May 14 mass shooting at the Tops grocery store on Jefferson Avenue. “To me, it’s important to remember this history because it helps us understand how we are to respond to this attack,” says Henry-Louis Taylor, UB professor of urban planning and director of the Center for Urban Studies. “I keep making the connection that this attack can’t be seen as an isolated event, that it’s very much associated with the anti-critical race theory movement, and to the efforts across the country to suppress Black voters, and to the conditions of life under which our people live. We are fighting to build a society based on racial, social and economic justice."