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West Side

Buffalo’s West Side is a dynamic and diverse community – reemerging as a vibrant and desirable location after decades of decline.

LISC’s commitment to the West Side began in 2000 when VOICE Buffalo, the Massachusetts Avenue Project, and a host of other community groups and individuals launched the West Side Community Planning Collaborative. They produced an ambitious plan that began to integrate the work of agencies that too often operated in silos.  By setting a cooperative course, the trajectory of their work, and that of the neighborhood, began to change.

One of PUSH's Community Gardens on Buffalo's West Side.
The Massachusetts Avenue Community Homes (MACH) project included revitalizing retail space for small businesses.
Partners broke ground at the site of the MAP Farmhouse & Community Food Center in 2016
LISC staff tour PUSH's greenhouse
Members of PUSH's weatherization workforce development crew
WEDI's West Side Bazaar is a small business incubator on Grant Street
A tenant at the West Side Bazaar, where many entrepreneurs are refugees and immigrants

Today, Buffalo LISC’s work on the West Side is focused on supporting the efforts of People United for Sustainable Housing (PUSH Buffalo) and the Massachusetts Avenue Project. These partnerships have opened the door to opportunities to invest in affordable housing, revitalize commercial districts, support educational opportunities for youth, rebuild playgrounds, create new green spaces, and support a collaborative effort to build a more resilient, thriving community on the West Side.

West Side Sustainable Communities Plan

The West Side Sustainable Communities Plan was competed and released in 2012. The plan recognizes the earlier planning efforts, incorporates the PUSH Green Development Zone plan and embraces LISC’s comprehensive community development strategy.

Read the Plan