Check out brand new East Side Garden Walk this weekend, plus 4 more

 You can see this garden on E. Depew Street during the brand new East Side Garden Walk (Manya Fabiniak).

You can see this garden on E. Depew Street during the brand new East Side Garden Walk (Manya Fabiniak).

Did you know that we have easily 600 gardens that you can see on more than a dozen garden walks in Western New York? Yet another garden walk has been added to the list! The East Side Garden Walk in Buffalo will be held from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, July 21. 

Learn more about the East Side Garden Walk and other Garden walks happening in Western New York at buffalo-niagaragardening.com.

News from Seneca Street

 Bob’s Barbershop – Out with the old, in with the new(Buffalo Rising)

Bob’s Barbershop – Out with the old, in with the new(Buffalo Rising)

Neighborhood centered commerce and walkability started to decline in that area when the Seneca mall opened in 1969. Millennials now are moving to neighborhoods that provide the walkable lifestyle they were seeking. Hood & Ladder, along with organizations like the Coalition for a Vibrant Seneca Street are taking actions to bring back buildings, commerce and young residents to the neighborhood. 

Learn more about projects taking place at Seneca Street in the Buffalo Rising

The Livability Index: Great Neighborhoods for All Ages

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The Livability Index is a signature initiative of the Public Policy Institute to measure the quality of life in American communities across multiple dimensions: housingtransportation, neighborhood characteristics, environment, health, opportunity, and civic and social engagement.

The AARP Public Policy Institute has re-launched the new AARP 2018 Livability Index on June 21, 2018. Check out the new Livability Index in AARP's website and learn more about the new features

Buffalo News Editorial: Extend Metro Rail

 A rendering of plans for the Metro Rail station at the University at Buffalo’s North Campus in Amherst, part of the proposal to add 6.5 miles to the line, for a total of just under 13 miles. The project should proceed (Buffalo News)

A rendering of plans for the Metro Rail station at the University at Buffalo’s North Campus in Amherst, part of the proposal to add 6.5 miles to the line, for a total of just under 13 miles. The project should proceed (Buffalo News)

Most of us can agree that the 6.4-mile Metro Rail from the heart of a resurgent downtown to the University at Buffalo’s South campus is an underutilized asset; it is aging and deteriorating. 

But all of that can change – will change, if proponents of Metro Rail extension have their way. For that to happen, everyone must be on board. The entire community and, more important, the elected officials whose job it is to procure money to invest in their community. Read the full story at Buffalo News.  

The push is on to legalize Class 1 E-Bikes in NYS

 The electric drive system on ebikes can only be activated through a pedaling action and is limited to relatively low speeds. (photo courtesy of Buffalo Rising)

The electric drive system on ebikes can only be activated through a pedaling action and is limited to relatively low speeds. (photo courtesy of Buffalo Rising)

Buffalo may be adopting yet another form of ride sharing transportation following it's most recent additions of Uber and Lyft last year. Currently, State and local organizations are joining NYS residents to encourage lawmakers in Albany to legalize the Class 1 e-bikes for use on public streets. Class 1 e-bikes do not have a throttle mechanism, and the electronic "pedal-assist" system can only be activated through a pedaling action and is limited to relatively low speeds.

 “Pedal-assist bikes are one of the most exciting and fun ways to solve today’s transit problems and it would be a shame if Buffalo, and other cities across the state, could not take advantage of it,” said Michael Galligano, CEO of Shared Mobility Inc, Co-Founder of Reddy Bikeshare.

The legalization of this transportation system may provide a greener, healthier alternative for many people in Buffalo and NYS. 

Read more at Buffalo Rising.