Bailey Fights Blight

Bailey Fights Blight is a community-based project working to improve public spaces and re-imagine vacant or underutilized properties on Bailey Avenue. Through community cleanups, guerilla gardening, and public art, Bailey Fights Blight is helping to redevelop one of Buffalo’s major East Side commercial corridors.

Bailey Fights Blight is committed to fostering an inclusive and participatory process. Have an idea or suggestion for improvement? Let us know!

Help us get the word out by sharing our flyer!

Join us for our next community brainstorming day on May 27, 2017!

Please meet at the Varsity Theatre located at 3165 Bailey Avenue at 10AM on Saturday, May 27th.

Join the Tool Library, artists Edreys Wajed, Nicholas Miller, and Christopher Kameck, residents, students, and business owners as we brainstorm ideas for a new mural on Bailey Avenue at East Amherst Street on the side of Rent-A-Center.

The following Saturday, June 3rd at 10AM we will begin priming and prepping the walls for the final mural designs. We’ll also be hosting a cleanup on Bailey Avenue including fresh mulch in all the tree pits.


15 Buildings

40% Decrease in Blighted Buildings

20 Service Events

530 Tools

500 Volunteers

1,760 Volunteer Hours

$53,010 Invested 

*Based on value of volunteer time and material costs (paint, rollers, brushes, mulch, etc.)




Community Blight Mapping

Text message-based community mapping system developed to identify and track blighted buildings


Boarding & Securing Vacant Buildings

Ensuring vacant buildings are properly boarded and sealed against elements and illegal activity.


Graffiti Removal & Urban Design

Improving streetscape through removing and painting graffiti, maintaining street trees, and incorporating new green spaces


Public Art & Murals

Using large scale pieces of public art to beautify the neighborhood while building on local culture and history


Project Partners: Bailey Avenue Business Association, Buffalo Promise Neighborhood, Junior League of Buffalo, Team Razor Wire, UB Office of Community Relations, University District Community Development Association, University Heights Collaborative, University District Block Club Coalition, University Heights Tool Library

Bailey Fights Blight is funded by the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew Cuomo and the New York State Legislature; administered by Arts Service Initiative of Western New York