CARE Area Neighborhood Revitalization & Market Study

Buffalo, NY

Applied Expertise

  • Economic Development
  • Public Involvement
  • Market Analysis
  • Urban Design
  • Streetscapes


The Buffalo Economic Renaissance Corp. engaged us to help it define a strategy to direct its commercial and community revitalization investments in declining inner-city retail neighborhoods. The result, the Commercial Area Revitalization Effort (CARE) plan, is a comprehensive “business plan” for the neighborhoods. We developed market and urban design strategies for each neighborhood, treating each as an urban mall with anchors and destinations, considering streetscape and façade priorities.

Our landscape architects analyzed each neighborhood to develop design solutions for neighborhood streetscapes. Planners gathered data from a variety of sources including consumer expenditure data, demographic analyses, resident and commuter surveys, public meetings and site visits. Analyzing and processing this data enabled our team to establish a portrait of market opportunity for each neighborhood. Implementing their business plans helps each neighborhood develop its own identity and capture its unique market niche. Since the CARE Area program’s inception, more than 150 projects have been funded with an overall investment of $1.7 million creating or retaining almost 700 jobs.


2007 Award for Best Practice, NY Upstate Chapter of the American Planning Association

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