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The Queen City Hub: A Regional Action Plan for Downtown Buffalo

Buffalo is both the "city of no illusions" and the Queen City of the Great Lakes. The Queen City Hub Regional Action Plan accepts the tension between these two assertions as it strives to achieve its practical ideals.

The Queen City Hub: A Regional Action Plan for Downtown Buffalo is the product of continuing concerted civic effort on the part of Buffalonians to improve the center of their city. The effort was led by the Office of Strategic Planning in the City of Buffalo, the planning staff at Buffalo Place Inc., and faculty and staff of the Urban Design Project in the School of Architecture and Planning at the University at Buffalo.

The Queen City Hub is part of a broader emerging framework of planning that encompasses Downtown Buffalo's inner ring of neighborhoods, the whole City of Buffalo, and the region. It is a significant component of Queen City in the 21st Century: Buffalo's Comprehensive Plan.

Volume I: Overview provides a specific context for decisions about Downtown development, including vision and key priorities for implementation of that vision. It is intended for general distribution.

Volume II: The Work Plan provides the full text of the vision and implementation program. It is a flexible framework for the multiparty collaborations that will be required to implement the vision. It is intended for citizen and professional planners, architects, public officials, developers, finance institutions, community-based organizations and others who seek a more detailed involvement in implementation.