UB is only part of the problem here. We can learn a lot from the increase in duplexes and houses that are now classified under section 8. We can learn a lot from the number of people who have brought the deep East Side crime and violence to the University Heights over the past decade. The average student no longer feels safe living on the side streets off Main, which has left the houses to the most die-hard fraternities and partying students, a few professional and foreign students, and a whole lot of subsidized rentals.
If you want to improve the University Heights then the Buffalo Police need to do something about the crime and violence. The University District council has to do something about the high rental rates and absentee landlords, and the University has to do something to bring students back to these neighborhoods. We also need real stores and restaurants opened along Main Street and along Bailey Avenue. There are far too many vacant buildings and far too little diversity in commercial offerings along these strips.
The blog is great, but I have yet to see them target anything except student housing on the blog. Why not go after some of the other sources of crime and quality of life issues, like the kids that were recently arrested of brutal muggings or the twenty something non-college students who were arrested for beating college students. Why not do an expose on the rape cases in the area instead of a photo spread of empty cans and bottles that remain after a party. It is my opinion that the rapes, muggings, and beatings are far more significant and detrimental to the area than the college parties.