2 comments on “Buffalo’s Block Clubs Show Signs of Neighborhood Pride

  1. For years the Elmwood Village Association (EVA) vehemently opposed the enactment of the COB “Green Code” . Just recently the sponsored a Green Code presentation…what changed their minds…or who got paid off,….???!!

    • Dear BrickRoad58,’

      Thank you for taking the time to leave a message at my blog. I just wanted to share my understanding of the EVA’s position on the Green Code.

      From everything that I have seen for the past 2 or 3 years, the current EVA “administration” has been fully supportive of the BGC. The EVA functions as the “Elmwood Ave. Chamber of Commerce”, almost always taking the side of the business interests over the concerns of nearby residents. That has translated into the EVA backing the Green Code’s “green light” to commercial development – even on residential streets [except the Lincoln Parkways, Beard Avenues, etc.] So, the EVA’s sponsoring of a BGC information meeting was not a surprise to me.

      I think the EVA representatives and city staff at the Elmwood Village meeting were a bit taken back by the number of concerned citizens who were not “drinking the Green Code Kool-Aid.” I’m curious to see if there will be any change in the EVA’s attitude towards the BGC in the weeks and months to come.

      Art Giacalone

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