Theses Master's

Eminent Domain and Land Disposition: Urban Renewal in Upstate New York

Reis, William

Upstate New York has historically faced economic hardships, and the cities within the region have struggled to cope with population loss, urban flight, and decaying buildings. In response, the cities of Albany, Buffalo, Niagara Falls, Rochester, Syracuse, and Utica have set up urban renewal agencies in order to combat this issue. Through various methods of urban renewal, including land disposition and eminent domain, these cities have created disasters for the residents of the cities and the character of the environment during the period of heavy American urban renewal in the mid-20th century. Since this time, the urban renewal agencies have drifted from each other in terms of the strategies that they employ for renewal. Many cities currently utilize methods of acquiring properties and reselling them to developers. This strategy has resulted in higher quality housing, but has not necessarily provided greater quantities of housing. In contrast, the cities of Buffalo and Niagara Falls encourage larger scale developments by holding onto municipal properties until the proper buyer comes along, and redeveloping zoning regulations to make development easier. Urban renewal continues to serve an active role in political and economic issues throughout the Upstate New York region, as well as the nation as a whole.


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More About This Work

Academic Units
Urban Planning
Thesis Advisors
Meisterlin, Leah M.
M.S., Columbia University
Published Here
July 16, 2019