This report presents the results of the first year of study into a number of characteristics of an urban area in which joint development is taking place. The objectives of this study are to: 1) investigate the economic and population trends that influence economic and location decisions within the region; 2) investigate ways in which transit serves as a catalyst for development and in particular, delineate and quantify these ways; 3) determine the relative attractiveness of downtown as a retail attractor when compared with suburban regions; and 4) investigate analytic techniques that may help delineate the success of particular joint development projects. The study was carried out in the Buffalo, New York SMSA. Construction has recently begun on a six-mile Light Rail Rapid Transit System (LRRT). This study focuses on Central Business District and Regional development concerns with specific attention to the LRRT. The results of a number of tasks accomplished during the first year of analysis are discussed and brief summaries of discussions with local planners or policy makers are presented. The findings of the study found to be most significant are: 1) the phenomenon of suburbanization is so strong that competing redevelopment strategies, even those of major proportions may not succeed, except under the most focused and intense development conditions; 2) the importance of the combination of population decline and job category shifts must be realized; 3) accessibility is not the only, nor even the most important variable that should be measured by transit improvements; 4) variables that control retail activity linked to transit include quality of the activity, parking, and safety, and that currently, the CBD in Buffalo is not "attractive" enough to offer competitive pull to the suburban malls; and 5) the new LRRT is perceived of, together with a proposed joint development mall, as a positive gain for the CBD.

  • Corporate Authors:

    State University of New York, Buffalo

    Transportation and Societal Systems
    Buffalo, NY  United States  14214

    Urban Mass Transportation Administration

    400 7th Street, SW
    Washington, DC  United States  20590
  • Authors:
    • Paaswell, R E
    • Berechman, J
    • Parker-Simon, K
    • McNally, M
    • Cirrincione, M
  • Publication Date: 1979-5

Media Info

  • Pagination: 140 p.

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 00302274
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Report/Paper Numbers: UMTA-NY-11-0020-79-1Final Rpt.
  • Contract Numbers: NY-11-0020
  • Files: NTIS, TRIS, USDOT
  • Created Date: Jan 30 1981 12:00AM