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Fruit Belt Community Land Trust: Response to BN Editorial

When the Fruit Belt Advisory Council (FBAC) was formed 7 years ago, Council President Darius Pridgen charged the duly elected leadership to come together with one mission and purpose: To determine the needs of the community and to offer solutions to those needs. Through countless conversations with other Fruit Belt residents, we found that gentrification was the most pressing concern in the neighborhood. The massive investment flowing into the Buffalo Niagara Medical Campus was causing displacement for longtime residents—many of whom are on a fixed income or are elderly.

The data supports the very real concern residents have; the notion that the Fruit Belt isn’t already under immense development pressure is simply false and irresponsible reporting…

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