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The East Side was the Polish district of Buffalo, New York and now is predominantly African American. The east side is bordered by Main Street to the West, East Amherst Street to the North, Clinton Street to the South, and the town of Cheektowaga to the East. It is characterized by large, ornate 19th century churches, most of them Roman Catholic; and modest 1.5 story wood frame cottages, many with progressively smaller rear additions that give the houses a telescoping effect. Jefferson Avenue and the intersection of Broadway and Fillmore serve as the most heavily-used commercial districts. Delavan Avenue And Bailey St are more heavily-used streets

Deindustrialization and disinvestment have damaged the East Side more than other Buffalo neighborhoods. A disproportionate number of the city's vacant and abandoned houses are located here, as are many acres of urban prairie. Debate continues about the best way to address the problem. The people on the east side have been waiting for years for the 7 million dollars promised to them by City Hall to knock away thousands of abandoned homes and fix up the rundown, beautiful churches that sit there rotting. It is the third most rundown area of a city in the United States, a close third to Detroit. Nevertheless, the East Side boasts many energetic, vocal, and hard-working activists and community organizations who are committed to the regeneration of their neighborhood. These organizations are barely discussed and never given the funding that they need. Hamlin Park, a middle-class, predominantly African American neighborhood along Jefferson Avenue, is a designated preservation district and is home to Byron Brown, the mayor of Buffalo. Most Buffalonians are not aware that east side Buffalo is a mixture of poor and middle class African Americans.

Notable destinations include the Broadway Market, St. Stanislaus - Bishop & Martyr Church, St. Adalbert's Basilica, Corpus Christi R. C. Church Complex, Buffalo Central Terminal, the Adam Mickiewicz Library and Dramatic Circle, the Matt Urban Human Services Center, the Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Park, designed by Frederick Law Olmsted, and the Frank E. Merriweather Public Library, designed by architect Robert Traynham Coles. Langston Hughes Institute is also located on the east side along with Underground Railroad passages.

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