Buffalo's East Side Community

Thomas O'Neil-White

An East Buffalo church partnered with a Town of Amherst church Saturday for a food drive to help fill gaps in the various food deserts on Buffalo’s East Side. This partnership is led by two women, Pastor Kwame Pitts, an African American who leads the majority white Crossroads Lutheran in Snyder, and Miranda Hammer, a white Pastor at Resurrection Lutheran Church and leader of the Community of Good Neighbors food pantry on Doat Street. 


Thomas O'Neil-White/WBFO file photo

The death rate among Erie County’s African American population due to COVID-19 is going down, according to County Executive Mark Poloncarz. 

Thomas O'Neil-White

Generational inequalities on Buffalo’s Eastside have led to increasingly poor health outcomes for its largely African American residents. To that end, the University at Buffalo and community leaders announced, Thursday, the launch of the UB Community Health Research Institute to tackle health disparities on the East Side.

Thomas O'Neil-White

Doris Cummins Ford is a former military intelligence officer who left Buffalo after high school. She returned in 2007 and bought a house on Highgate Avenue in the University District.


ROCC Twitter / Restore Our Community Coalition

What remains today of Buffalo’s Humboldt Parkway is an ordinary stretch of sidewalks and city streets, divided by the Kensington Expressway. Decades ago, it was a tree-lined parkway connecting major parks of the Olmsted system. On Saturday, a community coalition once again led the charge to restore the parkway design.

Michael Mroziak, WBFO

Local elected officials joined Buffalo-area clergy to break ground Thursday on what will be a senior apartment complex located next to a Genesee Street church. It's a project hailed by leaders for its development in a neighborhood many believe has been overlooked amidst Buffalo's other building booms.

Striving for good in one city community

Sep 8, 2014
WBFO News photo by Eileen Buckley

Some members of Buffalo's African American community say they are poorly portrayed in the local media.  They say too much coverage of east side crime and youth violence dominates the news, covering up good things happening in their neighborhoods.