Thursday, March 5, 2015
Buffalo, NY---Infill development is simply filling up the space that is left by the loss of a building within the urban fabric. Holes in the street bulk and density that are paved over to make a parking lot are like missing teeth. It is in fact why they call this phenomenon urban decay.
Thursday, February 26, 2015
Buffalo, NY---There is a common pattern to the programs targeted by government officials each year for funding cuts or even flat out elimination. However much we are aware that these numerous programs are being attacked for various reasons, we hardly notice the underlying strategy common to them all. This strategy follows a detailed plan which has its origins in Marxist and Leninist ideology currently endorsed by Conservatives and Libertarians. Though the programs are varied, the tactics used to cut funding or eliminate them are few.
Tuesday, October 7, 2014
Buffalo, NY---The race for NY 23rd District's congressional representative is the dirtiest campaign that I have ever seen. Tonight on WIVB Channel 4, Rep. Tom Reed took to the airwaves to blame his opponent directly for the lawsuit filed by the Sierra Club and a group called Community Intervenors even though Martha Robertson is not named as one of the plaintiffs in the suit. What kind of person does this? Is this a man with the kind of integrity and moral fiber that you want representing you in Congress? Why doesn't run on his own record? Well, now, there's a good question...
Friday, October 3, 2014
Buffalo, NY---Dear SolarCity (#SCTY) Naysayers. I am the first to say I hate private sector subsidies. But I believe that this is a different and new beginning and is going to bring us, the public a beneficial return on our investment. As a professional Urban and Regional Planner, this has the innovation factor that we have been looking for since they began calling our state the Empire State. It became that way by taking big risks. No one in the New United States in the early 1800's knew how to build a canal either.
Thursday, June 5, 2014
Buffalo, NY---The map below says a great deal about Right to Work States, authoritarian and corporal punishment in schools. This article in VOX is profound.
Friday, May 23, 2014
Buffalo, NY---A very tiny percentage of people move out if NYS annually (according to Current Population Survey (CPS), about the same number have been moving to Florida for decades to retire) and others that move are primarily in the lower income category because they can't afford to live in rich states (NYS is a "rich state"). They are moving to states like Texas because they can afford the lower cost of housing and because of the widely available low waged jobs.
Therefore, the evidence shows it is NOT because of New York's high taxes, but primarily because of the high cost of housing in New York which has become the exclusive province of the wealthy.
In fact, recent studies show trends that more people are staying put:
This map shows millionaires per capita and the megalopolis of Washington, NYC and Boston show that the wealthy tend to cluster where the money is.
NYS is in fact "growing" by approximately 1.7 percent annually. This is due largely from immigrants moving to downstate.
The rhetoric that peddles to the contrary (Republican nominee for NYS Governor Rob #Astorino) "They are moving from New York in droves" is simply complete #Bunk.
Thursday, April 10, 2014
Buffalo, NY---Local government drives the cost of your property tax bill. Here is a look at some of the reasons property taxes have been increasing over the years. This does not take into account the STAR exemption which is said to drive up education spending as well as transfer from local government the costs of education to the taxpayers statewide. Other factors contribute to the growth of property taxes as well and are definitely overlooked when considering the main drivers.