Allentown is one of the first and largest residential historic districts in the United States and is included on the National Register of Historic Places. This diverse neighborhood is known for its vibrant street life and boasts a unique mix of commercial and residential offerings, including an array of restaurants, shops, and galleries. Notable in the area is the Theodore Roosevelt Inaugural Site – the Wilcox Mansion at 641 Delaware – important for both its historic and architectural significance. Allentown is also home to Buffalo’s oldest house, the Coit House at 414 Virginia Street. Visit the Allentown Association’s website for more information.
As one of Buffalo’s oldest residential neighborhoods, the Fruit Belt is engaged in a renewal marked by new housing construction, retail development, and streetscape improvements. The neighborhood takes its name from the large number of orchards and gardens planted by its first residents. As the area developed, the streets were named after the fruits that existed in abundance such as Cherry, Grape, Peach, Mulberry, and so on.
Fruit Belt Leadership
Member institutions on the BNMC such as the University at Buffalo, Kaleida Health, Roswell Park Cancer Institute and others helped to make a difference in the Fruit Belt community. Stakeholders and dedicated community members participated in leadership training that provided them with the resources and skills necessary to continue to effect change in the Fruit Belt. As the community leaders learned how to strategically leverage partnerships with organizations on and near the BNMC, the training provided an opportunity to pass on knowledge that will lead to a healthier and more sustainable Fruit Belt neighborhood.
The results-oriented training, useful within any organizational structure, included an in-depth look at skills such as team building, effective decision making, project management, budgeting, meeting management and more. As the residents continue to invest their time and resources in the betterment of their historic neighborhood, the mark left will indeed be a stronger and more unified community.
View the Fruit Belt Active Conscious Communities Training Leadership Program video below:
Economic Opportunity Panel Report for Economic Development within the Fruit Belt
The Economic Opportunity Panel (EOP) was established in 2011 as a result of a contractual agreement between the St. John Baptist Fruit Belt Community Development Corp. and the University at Buffalo based on the future sale of McCarley Gardens from the church to the university. Created to consider and recommend economic opportunities that could become available for the residents in the Fruit Belt community and surrounding neighborhoods as a result of the sale, the EOP presented their findings and suggestions for the University at Buffalo to implement.
The panel (which consisted of local representatives with extensive experience dealing with education, training, employment, entrepreneurship, human resources management, etc.) offered 6 ways the University at Buffalo can make an economic impact within the community by providing job training, job access, business opportunities, and other initiatives to empower the community by providing resources that were not prevalent prior.
To learn more about the panel’s recommendations, download the report.
Downtown: Theater and Entertainment District
Downtown Buffalo is the region’s entertainment hub. Its Theater District is home to one of the largest concentration of performing arts centers in the country. Each year thousands of people flock here to enjoy everything from innovative productions to classical dramas, musicals, and American standards. The Entertainment District, centered around Chippewa Street, offers a variety of bars, restaurants, and nightclubs. Visit the Buffalo Place website for more information.
Linwood Historic Preservation District
The Linwood Historic Preservation District is a short five-minute walk from the Medical Campus consisting of a stunning, quiet neighborhood and grand assortment of single and multifamily homes and apartment buildings. The bicycle friendly street abounds with 175 years of American architectural design – Georgian, Greek Revival, Colonial Revival, Second Empire, Stick-style, Queen Anne, Italianate, American Foursquare, Arts and Crafts. They are young families, gay couples and families, young professionals, established families, seniors, and professionals with medical or dental practices on their ground floors. In fact, Linwood Avenue was once called “Pill Hill” because of all the medical offices here. Visit the Linwood Historic Preservation District’s website for more information.