Showing posts with label Buffalo NY. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Buffalo NY. Show all posts

Sunday, September 22, 2019

City of Buffalo honors African-American heritage with new archway

Leaders cut the ribbon on the new Michigan Avenue archway, celebrating African-American culture in the Queen City (Buffalo NY).

This archway marks the entrance to the District of the African-American Heritage Corridor.

Leaders say it highlights African-Americans contributions to Buffalo.

“This archway is a door that was never shut for no one. It will always be open. and as you press under this archway and drive through it. hopefully you get blessings and anointing from it, because that’s what the archway is all about. It’s the healing of the wounds that we’re carrying,” artist Valeria Cray said.

This is the first archway in the City of Buffalo.


Tuesday, September 02, 2014

Buffalo NY bank didn't lend to blacks

A bank refused to offer mortgages to African-Americans living in Buffalo, New York's attorney general said in a lawsuit that he said was part of a wider investigation into an illegal practice known as redlining.

Evans Bank violated fair housing and discrimination laws by intentionally denying services and products to Buffalo's east side, home to more than 75 percent of the city's African-American population, the federal lawsuit alleges.

The bank's president, David Nasca, called the accusations "meritless." He said Evans, which has 13 branches in western New York, will vigorously defend itself.

"We remain confident that our residential lending practices meet all applicable laws and regulations," Nasca said in a statement emailed to The Associated Press.

Attorney General Eric Schneiderman's lawsuit alleges that Evans used a map to define its lending area that excluded the city's east side. The company is also accused of refusing to market its loan products or locate its branches in the area.

Schneiderman said the lawsuit is part of a wider investigation by his office into redlining, in which a lender denies access to mortgages or charges more in certain neighborhoods based on race.

Read more: New York: Bank Didn't Lend to Blacks in Buffalo