Broadway and East Side neglected for far too long
Take a drive down Broadway from Michigan Avenue downtown to Bailey Avenue near the eastern city limits. This 3-mile trip is a ghostly reminder of what haunted Buffalo for the past five decades: Rows of abandoned buildings, vacant lots and scattered signs of life hinting at the successes of yesteryear.
In the city’s heyday, Broadway was a beacon of Buffalo’s local commerce, hosting endless rows and mom-and-pop shops. Major department stores anchored the corner of Broadway and Fillmore Avenue, along with the institutional Broadway Market. For those living in Little Polonia or Willert Park, this was all an annual shopping destination.
The only evidence of this prosperity today are the trickling of new businesses near the Broadway Market, and closer to Michigan, abandoned buildings being repurposed for apartment housing.
Can Broadway complete its 3-mile journey back to prosperity?
Rita E. Gay