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Great news!! This isn't far from the Larkin District where a new Amtrak/Light-rail station has been proposed:


‘Historic day for Buffalo,’ Zemsky says of SolarCity RiverBend plans

By David Robinson | News Business Reporter

on September 23, 2014 - 2:04 PM, updated September 24, 2014 at 11:03 AM


SolarCity’s planned factory in South Buffalo – and the 3,000 jobs that come with it – packs a powerful economic punch.


To be built on the former Republic Steel plant site in South Buffalo, the factory is expected to bring more new jobs to the region than the steel maker ever had in its heyday.


With the ability to make enough solar panels to generate more than 1,000 megawatts of electricity, the factory would be the biggest solar panel factory in the Western Hemisphere and one of the biggest in the world. It would be three times bigger than any other solar panel factory in the United States, and could be in open by early 2016, with full production a year later.


And the announcement that the factory would bring 3,000 jobs to the region is the single-biggest employment announcement in the Buffalo Niagara region in decades, topping the 2,500 new jobs that GEICO promised to bring to its Amherst customer service center.




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Buffalo? Yep, Buffalo....


Another Voice: Buffalo is facing a crisis in affordable housing

Published Fri, Dec 23, 2016

By Aaron Bartley


The surge of development in Buffalo presents new opportunities, but also new challenges. The word is out about ​the city’s charming neighborhoods and vibrant waterfront, and we’re attracting newcomers at a rate not seen since World War II.  One consequence is a crisis that would have been unimaginable a few years ago:  higher housing costs in every part of town and the advent of the $2,000 per month rent for a two-bedroom apartment.


Buffalo can learn from other cities that have experienced rising housing costs. Average Oakland rents now exceed $2,700, making it tough even for firefighters and police to live in the city where they work. High housing costs in Washington, D.C., have reduced the population share of African-Americans from 70 percent to about 45 percent since 1980, and the displacement continues.


Gentrification exacerbates disparities by devouring higher proportions of already-stretched family budgets for housing costs and, over time, moving vulnerable populations ​further from job centers, transportation networks and services.


So, what can be done? Here’s the outline of an approach that would give Buffalo a chance to avoid the housing displacement wreaking havoc in many cities:




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