BUFFALO, NY - Here in the Queen City, buildings that have been empty for decades are coming back to life with the transformation of the 500 block of Main Street.
Western New York's chapter of the Urban Land Institute held a special panel discussion at the Hyatt hotel in downtown Thursday evening. The spoke about how the block has changed from a neglected area to a mixed-use zone of commercial and residential activity.
"Main Street has to become a new place; it can't be what it was," said Steven Carmina, a business owner and resident. "So the idea here is to repopulate, create a critical mass here in the city, of people that want to live here and purchase items here, so that we can draw retail, food, restaurants and places to the city."
The organization offered tours of the homes and businesses on the block, followed by a gathering at Oshun Oyster Bar.