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.
Town of Tonawanda