AUTHOR: STEPHANIE CROCKATT, EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR, BUFFALO OLMSTED PARKS CONSERVANCY
Who would have imagined that 2020’s health pandemic would illuminate Buffalo’s lightbulb overhead as an “ah-ha moment” on why parks and access to healthy outdoor environments are absolutely essential? At the same time, a second humanitarian crisis commanded our focus for accountability, respect and decency for equity and the diversities of life. Was fate already in motion that 2020 would indeed become a year for both hindsight and vision on health and humanity?And what does the future hold as we reimagine our urban living-infrastructure in the wake of such jarring occurrences? Read More
I’m a first-generation Buffalonian. I grew up on Rounds Avenue on Buffalo’s northeast side, near University at Buffalo’s south campus. My parents were the first generation in their families to grow up in the contiguous United States. My father was raised in East Harlem, and my mother grew up in Brooklyn, primarily in the Flatbush area.
AUTHOR: BRADLEY J. BETHEL JR., ROCC RESEARCH ASSOCIATE
Scajaquada’s Community Impact | Buffalo was built upon a series of natural and man-made resources that for much of the city’s history have shaped a cohesive urban ecosystem. Many city neighborhoods were established around their proximity to such natural resources as parks and waterways. Scajaquada Creek is a prime example of how multiple communities were given birth from the same source, in this case along an inward waterway weaving a path to the Niagara River.
AUTHOR: JILL JEDLICKA, BUFFALO NIAGARA WATERKEEPER EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR
This is the first in a four-part, guest author series, highlighting what is possible through the vision of a restored Scajaquada Creek corridor. This series shared over the next two weeks, will place a priority focus on a community-inspired vision for Scajaquada’s waterway, park system, trail and transportation networks, and community revitalization.