SmartGrowth - No. If I could chose between funding a Renewable Energy Corridor (whatever that is?) or funding UB and it's medical campus, the REC would lose that decision badly.
Conditions in Univ Heights are fault of Buffalo's govt and some of its current residents, not the fault of scapegoats UB or Amherst. The shrinking of middle class families from many of those U.H. streets is similar to many areas across Buffalo. Street crime in U.H. is primarily fault of criminals, and to lesser extent the fault of weak judges and prosecutors. The police dept share in some blame. Loud parties and litter should be addressed much better by consistent enforcement and sentencing offenders to a lot of community service until they decide it's not worth it.
If Buffalo and NY state want more working class jobs, they should become more business friendly. About renewable energy - many corporations, universities, etc. are developing different forms. That will keep growing. There's no reason other than wishful thinking to say a Renewable Energy Corridor would create a lot of working class jobs in Buffalo as you claim. What would those working class jobs you're talking about be exactly?
Redirecting UB funding to supposedly create working class jobs in a Renewable Energy Corridor is one of the most backwards ideas I've heard.