PUSH plan targets West Side improvement

Apr 19, 2012

With the rapid multi-cultural development on the West Side, PUSH Buffalo wants a plan to keep the flavor and improve the jobs picture.

Councilmember David Rivera has spent his entire 54 years on the West Side and has watched its ups and downs to its current up.

That's meant a shift from Italian or Puerto Rican-Spanish spoken on the streets to Burmese, Vietnamese or other dialects of Spanish and people from lots of different places winding up in his City Hall office looking for help to go through the bureaucracy.

PUSH wants help, for high quality affordable housing, commercial development, infrastructure and jobs.

Community Organizing Director Jennifer Mecozzi says residents are being asked.

"What we did with the community was survey 300-plus people...to see what they wanted in the neighborhood," Mecozzi said.

"This meeting is a culmination of all those ideas."

There's a gradual increase in businesses started by the area's new ethnics, especially the food from back home.