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Old 12-03-2010, 12:38 PM
 
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Just a thought I had yesterday during this snow storm. Although obivously the east side did/does not have as many grand homes as the west side, does anyone think the prarie atmosphere of many east side streets is partially because of the localized weather in buffalo?

Ill expand on this idea. 20 or 30 years ago, elmwood was a ghetto compared to its current flair. Both the east and west side had many neglected and/or vacant properties. Although it seems that almost all west side streets still have most or all structures standing.

Could this be due (in part of course) to the much larger amounts of snow the east side sometimes gets? Especially since these houses have had to bear the burden of every snowstorm for the past 100 years. Possibly this relatively greater snow load has collapsed many a roof and started the demolition by neglect of more houses than a few miles west?

Just a thought, interested to hear everyone elses opinion
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Old 12-03-2010, 01:05 PM
 
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I think a primary reason for the differenc is that the vast majority of East side homes were built as quick, cheap and basic housing for the vast waves of early 20th century immigrant. Thus you have cheap houses, not built to last with no intrinsic value making them worth saving. Best to demolish and start anew.
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Old 12-03-2010, 04:11 PM
 
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Just a thought I had yesterday during this snow storm. Although obivously the east side did/does not have as many grand homes as the west side, does anyone think the prarie atmosphere of many east side streets is partially because of the localized weather in buffalo?

Ill expand on this idea. 20 or 30 years ago, elmwood was a ghetto compared to its current flair. Both the east and west side had many neglected and/or vacant properties. Although it seems that almost all west side streets still have most or all structures standing.

Could this be due (in part of course) to the much larger amounts of snow the east side sometimes gets? Especially since these houses have had to bear the burden of every snowstorm for the past 100 years. Possibly this relatively greater snow load has collapsed many a roof and started the demolition by neglect of more houses than a few miles west?

Just a thought, interested to hear everyone elses opinion
First off, Elmwood has never been described as, nor was it ever, a "ghetto" in any way shape or form in the last 30 years, even compared to today. The Elmwood "strip" was alive and well in the 70s, and along with Allen Street was the center of much of the nightlife at a time when Chippewa was a seedy red light district.

Regarding heavy snow, if that were only the case, then South Buffalo, East Aurora and Orchard Park would have seen more problems than much of the East Side. I would suspect that water leaks have a much worse effect on the property than heavy snow and cold.

The issue is really continued occupancy and maintenance of the homes. There are well-maintained homes today on devastated blocks of the East Side. Absentee landlords, irresponsible owners, and trashy tenants allow deterioration of properties to begin, and vacancy allows vandals and nature to finish the job. In the 50s, 60s, and 70s there were dozens of blocks of the West Side destroyed West of Niagara Street for the Thruway and urban renewal, many of which also fell to deterioration beforehand. Since that time West Side vacancies never approached the levels seen on the East Side today.
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