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Hello again! Wanted to make you aware of two important urban planning events coming soon in Buffalo (both are free and open to all): First, and very importantly, is an upcoming public meeting outlining the new zoning code as writing on the code itself is set to begin. In preparation... Continue reading
Posted Apr 8, 2012 at Re:FORM Buffalo
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Over the last few days, I have found myself doing a code analysis for a redevelopment project at work which is in an old industrial part of Buffalo. It is interesting to see first hand how use-based the Buffalo Zoning Code is. Looking inside the code, there are literally hundreds... Continue reading
Posted Mar 13, 2012 at Re:FORM Buffalo
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Since it's been cold and/or windy outside the last few days and so not as fun to explore in person, I've been exploring the city virtually as of late, via Google StreetView. Wandering down Seneca this evening, I noticed this: The Tops Market located at 1989 Seneca Street, at the... Continue reading
Posted Mar 10, 2012 at Re:FORM Buffalo
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A decaying historic building on Buffalo's East Side, at 169 E. Ferry. There are many where this came from and the new GreenCode needs to support Buffalo's preservationists in saving them from the landfill. Buffalo is one of America's most historic cities, so it stands to reason that a new... Continue reading
Posted Mar 4, 2012 at Re:FORM Buffalo
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A grand old - and quite dense - Buffalo streetscape. New York City adopted the first zoning ordinance in 1916, and by the mid-1920s they were spreading across the landscape of America like wildfire, encouraged by the 1924 passing of the Standard Zoning Enabling Act (SZEA) by Congress. Section 3... Continue reading
Posted Feb 26, 2012 at Re:FORM Buffalo
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Since most Buffalonians drive to work and school, gas stations serve a very necessary purpose in the city. However, their urban form tends to be...well...anti-urban. Even when placed next to multi-story office towers and residential buildings, they are always the same: a one-story building placed behind a sea of asphalt... Continue reading
Posted Feb 19, 2012 at Re:FORM Buffalo
Denver, Colorado is the most recent city to adopt a city-wide form-based zoning code, which took effect Jan. 1, 2011 for all properties. While researching that code's implementation, I interviewed several staff members at the City of Denver who were involved in the code's development, and I learned something I... Continue reading
Posted Feb 13, 2012 at Re:FORM Buffalo
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So, I was reading the New York Times this evening and came across this article: An Industrial Strength House in Pittsburgh . Granted, the house they talk about is huge at 6,900 square feet and these owners seem pretty well-off to be able to building something like that, but their... Continue reading
Posted Feb 8, 2012 at Re:FORM Buffalo
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The Transect, as adapted by the New Urbanism movement. Is a tool to categorize and describe different levels of development intensity in a city or region. Form-based zoning codes are often referred to as "transect-based codes." The transect, as the graphic above depicts, is a development spectrum. The word was... Continue reading
Posted Feb 5, 2012 at Re:FORM Buffalo
Form-based zoning codes are a relatively new concept that grew out of the New Urbanism movement. I will talk a little bit more about New Urbanism in a future post, but in a general sense, New Urbanism has been around since the 1980s and was intended to re-introduce the physical... Continue reading
Posted Feb 2, 2012 at Re:FORM Buffalo
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A form-based code adopted in 2003 in Arlington Pike, Va., is driving the redevelopment of an auto-oriented retail strip into a mixed-use walkable neighborhood. Image: UrbanAdvantage. The new zoning code that the city of Buffalo is developing, which it has dubbed the "Green Code," is intended to be a new... Continue reading
Posted Jan 17, 2012 at Re:FORM Buffalo
re: Form Buffalo is a civic group formed to provide helpful input for Buffalo's effort to write and implement a form-based code. We are a small and dedicated group composed of concerned citizens with a mission to reform Buffalo's outmoded approach to zoning. Since 1953, development in Buffalo has been... Continue reading
Posted Jan 17, 2012 at Re:FORM Buffalo
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