Buffalo Commons is:
  • a collaborative, physical space
  • an online hub of innovative research, engaged learning and civic activity
  • a network of partners and researchers dedicated to the advancement of social and economic progress and the promotion of knowledge for the public good.

On DC@ILR, Buffalo Commons is the online resource exchange connecting researchers, practitioners, partners and communities. This repository of public knowledge, ideas, and tools for citizen engagement is a modern expression of a democratic ideal—a shared space in which every member of the community has an equal interest. This action-oriented research hub is maintained by Cornell in Buffalo and the Partnership for the Public Good. Since 2007, the partnership has produced civic research, policy, and tools dedicated to effecting lasting, positive change in Buffalo Niagara. Created with the help of educators, students, volunteers, interns, and independent researchers, this rich body of reports, policy briefs, and fact sheets can be found in the Buffalo Commons.

Cornell in Buffalo
Cornell in Buffalo is an engaged learning center anchored by the interchange of applied knowledge and resources between Cornell University and the Buffalo, NY community. Comprised of Cornell ILR School, High Road Fellowships, the Worker Institute, and Cornell Cooperative Extension. Cornell in Buffalo is located in Buffalo's historic Market Arcade building.

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Submissions from 2018

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Local Government Authority in Erie and Niagara County Website Report Card, Buffalo Niagara Coalition for Open Government

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Local Government Website Updated Report Card, Buffalo Niagara Coalition for Open Government

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Renewing Our Pledge: A Path to Ending Lead Poisoning of Buffalo's Most Vulnerable Citizens, Kent Gardner

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The Consequences of Being "Unbanked" in Buffalo, Jessica Gilbert

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Immigrants, Refugees, and Languages Spoken in Buffalo, Partnership for the Public Good

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Poverty in Buffalo-Niagara, Partnership for the Public Good

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Gentrification Can't Be the Theme of Rust Belt City Recovery, Danya Sherman

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Indigenous People of Western New York, Kristin Szczepzniec

Submissions from 2017

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Human Capital, Local Economic Development, and the Importance of Colleges and Universities, Jaison R. Abel

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Labor Market Trends in the Buffalo Niagara Region, Jaison R. Abel

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The Performance of the Buffalo Economy Since the Great Recession, Jaison R. Abel

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Bypassing the Bust: The Stability of Upstate New York's Housing Markets During the Recession, Jaison R. Abel and Richard Deitz

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Arts and Economic Prosperity 5: The Economic Impact of Nonprofit Arts & Cultural Organizations & their Audiences in Western New York, Arts Services Initiative of WNY

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State of Play in Western New York: Analysis and Recommendations, Aspen Institute Sports & Society Program; Community Foundation of Greater Buffalo; and Ralph C. Wilson, Jr. Foundation

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General Trends in the Labor Market, Cesar Cabrera

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Equity Preservation Workshop: Final Report, Cornell University, School of Architecture, Art and Planning

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Buffalo’s Economic Development Compared: Buffalo as Part of the Rust Belt, Evren Dincer

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The Reindustrialization of the U.S.: Tonawanda Powertrain since the Great Recession, Evren Dincer

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The Canadian Auto Industry Before and After the Great Recession: A Look at Buffalo from the Other Side of the Border, Mathiew Dupuis

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Erie County Broadband Feasibility Study: Final Report, ECC Technologies, Inc.

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This is What Democracy Looks Like, Lou Jean Fleron

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Bringing the Good Food Purchasing Program to Buffalo, Jessica Gilbert

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Labor Market and Challenges for Workforce Development, Heather Gresham

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Lead Poisoning Thresholds and Triggers, Adam Hains

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PUSH Buffalo’s Green Development Zone: A Model for New Economy Community Development, Skye Hart and Sam Magavern

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Buffalo’s Agricultural Economy since the Great Recession, Dianne Held

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2016 Annual Report on the State of Homelessness in WNY, Homeless Alliance of New York

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The Finance Sector in Buffalo since the Great Recession, Gary Keith

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The PUSH Green Development Zone, Building Housing Equity from the Ground Up, Sam Magavern

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Working Toward Equality, Updated, Race, Employment, and Public Transportation in Erie County, Sam Magavern and Aaron Krolikowski

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Affordable Housing Strategies for the City of Buffalo, Sam Magavern, Sarah Wooton, and Samantha Peterson-Borins

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Life on a Nickels Edge Struggle and Dignity in Buffalo's Fruit Belt, John Marsland

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Performance-Based Assessment for English Language Learners, Bridget Murphy

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PUSH Buffalo's Community Housing Co-operative: A Case Study in Green Building Rehabilitation, Mary O'Donnell

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Profile of Buffalo and its Region, Open Buffalo

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Advancing Racial Equity and Public Health: Smarter Marijuana Laws in Western New York, Andrea Ó Súilleabháin

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Better Policing for the City of Buffalo: Toward Community, Transparency, and Justice, Andrea Ó Súilleabháin

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The Role of New York City in the Economy of New York State, James A. Parrott

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Why Buffalo Needs Inclusionary Zoning: Affordability, Job Access, Inclusion, and Quality Housing, Partnership for the Public Good

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Advancing Health Equity and Inclusive Growth in Buffalo, PolicyLink and PERE

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Intitatives for a Smart Economy 2.0, Mark Poloncarz

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Bringing the Good Food Purchasing Program to Buffalo, Challenges and Lessons Learned, Michael Richbart

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Health Equity The Path to Inclusive Prosperity in Buffalo, Tracey Ross

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Higher Education’s Anchor Mission: Measuring Place-Based Engagement, Emily Sladek

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Letter to NYS Attorney General, State University of New York College at Buffalo Law School

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WNY Girls in Sports, United Way of Buffalo and Erie County

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A Profile of Premature Birth in Erie County, United Way of Buffalo and Erie County and United Way Healthy Start, Healthy Future for All Coalition

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A Strategy for Prosperity: 2017 Progress Report, Western New York Regional Economic Development Council

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Buffalo Niagara's Strategic Plan for Prosperity, Western New York Regional Economic Development Council

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Child Care Subsidy Fact Sheet, WNY Women's Foundation

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Women & Children Living in Poverty, WNY Women's Foundation

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Body Cameras for the Buffalo Police: Best Practices for Policy Creation, Sarah Wooton

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The City of Buffalo Police Department, Sarah Wooton

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Taking the High Road to Canalside: How Community Activism Has Shaped Buffalo’s Waterfront, Michell Zhao

Submissions from 2016

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A Planning Board for Erie County

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Credit Unions and Banks Near Downtown Buffalo

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The Public Service Commission Should Deny National Fuel’s Request for a Rate Hike

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Fruit Belt Neighborhood Asset Inventory, Sara Alpert

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Homelessness among Young Adults in Buffalo: A Research Report Highlighting Youth Voices, Elizabeth Bowen, Ryan Savino, Berg Miller, Dale Zuchlewski, Kevin Ma, and Christine Slocum

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Buffalo Niagara - How Are We Really Doing, Lawrence Brooks

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Inclusionary Zoning: Creating Equity and Lasting Affordability in the City of Buffalo, New York, Buffalo Inclusionary Housing Commission

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Redesigning the Scajaquada Expressway, Daniel Cadzow and Justin Booth

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The Story of the Puerto Rican-Chicano Committee, Alberto O. Cappas and Jose C. Pizarro

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Buffalo's Proposed Unified Development Ordinance: Preserving Community Character within a New Form-Based Code, Jessie Fisher

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Energy Poverty in Buffalo's West Side: PUSH, National Fuel, and the Fight for Equitable Energy Access, Anthony Hilbert

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Working Toward Equality: Employment and Race in Buffalo, Sam Magavern

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Building the Blue Economy: Opportunities for Community-Based Organizations in Stormwater Management, Sam Magavern, Tina Meyers, Jen Kaminsky, and Sarah Maurer

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West Side Study, Clint McManus

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Utilization of Language Services for Clients with Limited English Proficiency Protocols, Neighborhood Legal Services, Inc.

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Buffalo Arts and Culture Organizations, Open Buffalo

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A Community Benefit Agreement for the Buffalo Niagara Medical Campus, Partnership for the Public Good

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A Plan that Bears Fruit: A Community Land Trust and Other Tools For Neighborhood Revitalization in the Fruit Belt, Partnership for the Public Good

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Bangladeshi Immigrants in Buffalo, Partnership for the Public Good

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Buffalo Niagara at the Crossroads: How State Energy Policies can Lead Western New York to a Green, Prosperous, and Just Future, Partnership for the Public Good

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Collaboration Communication and Community-Building: A New Model of Policing for 21st Century Buffalo, Partnership for the Public Good

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500 Cities Project: Local Data for Better Health 2014, Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and Center for Disease Control and Prevention

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A Profile of Financial Hardship in Erie County, United Way of Buffalo and Erie County

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A Profile of Third-Grade Proficiency in Erie County, United Way of Buffalo & Erie County on behalf of the Erie/Niagara Birth to 8 Coalition

Submissions from 2015

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Afghan Refugees in Buffalo

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Annual Report on the State of Homelessness in Western New York

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From Central Africa to Buffalo: Refugees from Democratic Republic of Congo, Central African Republic, Rwanda, and Burundi

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From Puerto Rico to Buffalo

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Poverty, Race, and Community Policing in Buffalo

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Refugees from Somalia in Buffalo

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Refugees from Sudan in Buffalo

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Traffic Equity in Buffalo, New York, Daniel M. Cadzow and Sam Magavern

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Social Justice and the Arts, J. A. Dewald

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Best Practices in Language Access and Cultural Competency, International Institute of Buffalo and Jewish Family Services

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A Raise for Fast Food Workers Will Help Western New York, Sam Magavern

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The Potential Impact of Legalizing, Regulating, and Taxing Marijuana on Erie County and New York State, Sam Magavern

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High Road Economic Development: Best Practices, Tina Meyers

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The High Road Economy: Principles and Practices, Tina Meyers

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Typical Elements in Limited English Proficiency Plans, Melinda Mizell

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Burman, Karen, and Chin Refugees: From Burma to Buffalo, Partnership for the Public Good

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Eritrean Refugees in Buffalo, Partnership for the Public Good

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Greening the Buffalo Niagara Medical Campus, Partnership for the Public Good

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Nepali Bhutanese Refugees in Buffalo, Partnership for the Public Good

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Refugees from Iraq in Buffalo, Partnership for the Public Good

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Yemeni Immigrants in Western New York, Partnership for the Public Good

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Temp Work and Poverty in Buffalo, Partnership for the Public Good and Open Buffalo