Professors of urban planning Henry Louis Taylor, Jr. and Robert Silverman join associate professor of urban planning Li Yin collaborated on the Buffalo Turning The Corner Initiative through the Urban Institute’s National Neighborhood Indicators Partnership University at Buffalo Center for Urban Studies.
Buffalo Turning the Corner aims to understand how local housing and development policies and practices drive neighborhood change, especially in neighborhoods at-risk of becoming unaffordable to low-income groups. The objectives are (1) to identify those factors producing undesirable neighborhood change; (2) develop a strategy for recognizing the most at risk neighborhoods; and (3) design an approach to monitoring vulnerable communities and preventing unwanted changes from occurring in them.
The Buffalo project is an initiative of the Urban Institute’s National Neighborhood Indicator Partnership, with five partners implementing it in their localities: Buffalo, Detroit, Milwaukee, Phoenix, and the Twin Cities. The aim is to develop an understanding of neighborhood dynamics within the context of recovering housing markets, especially in neighborhoods at-risk of becoming unaffordable. The ultimate goal is to provide a framework to guide cities in sustainable, equitable, and inclusive neighborhood development. The Kresge Foundation funds the national project, and the Wilson Foundations sponsors the local Buffalo initiative.