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Letter: University Heights has diversity, charm

University Heights has diversity, charm

I was disappointed upon reading the Sept. 5 News article, “The nightmare of living in University Heights.” While I agree that the ongoing issues of rowdy, overcrowded house parties and confusion over the police jurisdiction are deplorable, I did not see anything positive written about living in the area.

Having lived there for 11 years, I have witnessed many of the problems mentioned in the article. However, I have also enjoyed events and activities in the Heights, including the University Community Farmers Market, the Capen Garden Walk and the University Heights Collaborative (UHC), an organization for which I have served as a volunteer. The Main Street Garden Group and UB students beautify street medians by planting flowers and trees, plus cleaning public spaces.

University Heights has since added even more assets: several community gardens, a transformed Linear Park, which is now a beautiful green space, a Community Laboratory for hosting workshops, lectures, art exhibits and more.

Most of the time, University Heights is not a “nightmare.” It is a neighborhood that has a lot to offer. Granted, two years ago my wife and I decided to move just two miles to the north of our Merrimac Street house so that our then 6-year-old daughter could grow up in a more stable atmosphere. But we remain active in the UHC, are members of the Tool Library, and still appreciate the diversity and charm of University Heights.

Randy Atlas

Town of Tonawanda