Cops' new tools to combat crime: soccer, 'clean sweeps' and conversation

 A recent job fair on a vacant lot on Genesee Street and Goodyear Avenue is one outgrowth of renewed efforts to connect police officers with the communities they serve. (John Hickey/Buffalo News)

A recent job fair on a vacant lot on Genesee Street and Goodyear Avenue is one outgrowth of renewed efforts to connect police officers with the communities they serve. (John Hickey/Buffalo News)

The NET officers have been planning activities for neighborhood children, such as kickball and a field trip to Adventure Landing in the Town of Tonawanda. The officers came up with the idea of weekly soccer clinics that would bring the same police officers to the same locations on a regular basis, something the kids could count on and look forward to.

"They're trying to make it better for the younger generation." says Marquell Lovines. The neighborhood seems a little more peaceful, too, he said, and he's seen more kids playing outside and riding their bikes.

Read more about how police officers are using community-oriented policing strategies to tackle crime while building trust with residents on the Buffalo News.

 

Environment and Culture: The Importance of Walking and Walkability

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(Shutterstock image)

“Access to walking is influenced by both cultural and physical environments. Strategic attention to and promotion of factors that positively impact walking are necessary in order to continually improve the walkability of communities and the number of people who walk in order to improve their personal health.” says NiCole Keith.

Read more on National Physical Activity Plan about a conversation with NiCole Keith.

South Buffalo coalition unveils ‘Walkable Seneca’ vision

South Buffalo coalition unveils ‘Walkable Seneca’ vision

The Coalition for a Vibrant Seneca unveiled Walkable Seneca, a vision for making South Buffalo’s Seneca street a more walkable community. The document includes before and after visualizations of key areas along Seneca Street as well as a local case study of Hamburg, NY, where a recent redesign as made it a more walkable and age friendly community. Read the full story at LivableWNY.

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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.