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Allentown Association surveying residents about what they want in the neighborhood

Allentown residents will get a chance to say what the future of Allentown should be.

The  Allentown Association is urging residents and business owners to complete an online survey on the association's Facebook page - ttp:// The survey is broad-based, looking at the entire neighborhood, not just Allen Street.

One of the city's most popular neighborhoods continues to face challenges of raucous weekend night behavior driven by crowds in a growing bar district along Allen Street, where a fatal shooting occurred this fall.

"We're trying to understand, as we hopefully move back to a mixed use neighborhood, what residents want to see their neighborhood return to," said Jonathan White, chairman of the association's crime and safety awareness committee.

Years ago, Allen Street had a more balanced mix of professional offices and retail, along with restaurants and bars, White said. But in the last decade, "we've moved to almost a single-use district. Bar, Bar, Bar," he said.

Association leaders have reached out to city officials and Buffalo Niagara Medical Campus staff to get a better flavor of what residents and campus employees and surrounding business owners  would like to see Allentown become. Additional surveys are planned with the help of city and medical campus officials that may begin by late January.

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