Most of the parking tickets in Buffalo are concentrated in more affluent areas of the city, including commercial strips with parking meters.
Half of the blocks in the city averaged one parking ticket per month or fewer in 2016. Only 5 percent of the blocks in Buffalo accounted for more than 50 percent of the parking tickets. Most of the heavily ticketed blocks were in three areas: downtown, Elmwood Village and Hertel Avenue.
The areas with the most parking tickets were largely clustered in areas with many shops, restaurants and entertainment venues, such as certain stretches of Elmwood and Hertel avenues and Allen Street. Tickets were also concentrated near Women & Children's Hospital, on Bryant Street and part of Oakland Place.
The most tickets in Buffalo are written on Mondays and Thursdays – days when alternate parking changes on many streets. Nearly twice as many tickets are written on each of those days as any other weekday, and roughly three times as many as Saturdays or Sundays.
About the data: The Buffalo News obtained data from the City of Buffalo's Division of Parking Enforcement. The city wrote 193,442 tickets in 2016. The News eliminated 1,064 tickets from the database due to misspellings and other errors in how parking enforcement officers recorded street names that made it impossible to identify the correct street. The News grouped tickets by block, defining a block as a 100-number range on a street, such as 700 to 799 Elmwood Ave.
Of the 3,813 blocks in the city where parking tickets were written in 2016, the News was able to geocode 3,743 blocks, after eliminating addresses that fell outside of the city and those that could not be located.
The News used American Community Survey median household income estimates for 2008 to 2012 and defined a neighborhood as a census tract.
For the lookup feature, the News suppressed blocks with 12 or fewer tickets in 2016. Of those with 13 or more tickets, we eliminated those with a tie for peak time when there was only one ticket written at each of the peak times. Peak times in 2017 and future years may or may not be the same as those in 2016.