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Discuss the Future of the Broadway Market

Back in 1999, the Project for Public Spaces—the same nonprofit planning consultant who president came here to speak about waterfront development three months ago—issued a report on possible paths for revitalizing the Broadway Market.

Here we are, 12 years later, and the recommendations in that report have largely gone unrealized. But now, just as there is new energy surrounding waterfront development (weren’t we talking about that in 1999, too?), there are new opportunities to reinvent the Market. The city recently committed funds for infrastructure improvements, and a group of community activists have been advising the city for more than a year on how to breathe life into the historic community marketplace.

Tomorrow (Friday, February 18, 4-6pm), PPS’s vice president, Steve Davies, returns to Buffalo to revisit the 1999 report and discuss current plans for the market, to help politicians and planners, community activists and market stakeholder, and anyone else who is interested discuss the Broadway Market’s future. The discussion takes places at the Minnie Gillette Auditorium, at Erie Community College City Campus, 121 Ellicott Street.

The event is sponsored in part by Buffalo Common Council President Dave Franczyk with additional support provided by Forgotten Buffalo, the Despensata Corporation, and the Friends of the Broadway Market (B.E.S.T. Community Association & the Lombard Clark Block Club).


  • Fred

    You can be as PC as you like, but if you don’t move it, it will continue to idle. No one wants to go to that area and be reminded of how bad things have become. The market is unique and that quality will draw people away from cookie cutter malls/plazas, but not in its current location.

    Keep the name find a creative place to put it in the city, not the burbs, and get it moving.

  • Derf

    Moving it will not work. If you want one somewhere else, start a new one.

  • Mrs. Green

    Rochester has a remarkable public market in a similarly “unattractive” neighborhood that is packed full of people even on the coldest of winter days (with the majority of it is outside!). The key is providing goods and services that are attractive to people who are not intimidated by what we did to our city (ie. suburban sprawl).

    Be the change you want to see.