Buffalo's Sprawl: Fiscal, Environmental, and Social Costs
Rolf Pendall has aptly summarized Buffalo’s development pattern as “sprawl without growth.” Between 1950 and 2000, the region gained only 80,881 people, but the urbanized area nearly tripled, going from 123 square miles to 367 square miles. The city of Buffalo’s population declined from 580,132 to 292,648 (a loss of 287,484), while the rest of Erie County grew from 319,106 to 657,617 (a gain of 338,511). From 2000 to 2010, the trend continued, with the city’s population falling to 261,310 and the non-city portion growing slightly to 657,730.
Buffalo; Environment; Land Use; Policy Brief; PPG; Poverty/Income Inequality