Buffalo's Fruit Belt

Community leaders on Buffalo’s East Side are looking to turn a vacant building on 238 Carlton Street back into a grocery store. It hasn’t been used for decades, but in order to restore it under community control, it first has to be purchased from its current owner, Borderland Advantage LLC. WBFO’s Nick Lippa sat down with African Heritage Food Co-Op Founder Alexander Wright and Dennice Barr from the Fruit Belt Advisory Council to discuss why this building is so important to the community.

WBFO News photo by Eileen Buckley

Fruit Belt residents say they want to stay where they are living and not be pushed out by the expanding Buffalo Niagara Medical Campus (BNMC).

Ashley Hirtzel / WBFO News

A new daycare and community center is opening in downtown Buffalo. The Erma D. Robinson Universal Center will cater to shift workers at the Buffalo Niagara Medical Campus and the fruit belt neighborhood.

Big changes may be on the way as City Hall tries to better connect the Fruit Belt, the Buffalo Niagara Medical Campus and Allentown. The subject was the topic of discussion at a Wednesday night meeting.

Students discover Fruit Belt history in Buffalo

Jun 14, 2013
WBFO News photos by Eileen Buckley

Some middle school students at Futures Academy conducted their own fact-finding about Buffalo's Fruit Belt.  Students created a documentary to learn the history of the neighborhood.   WBFO'S Eileen Buckley attended a screening of the film and had a chance to talk to some of the students involved.