Parking spaces become more elusive as downtown Buffalo, NY booms

Downtown development has brought a new concern: Could city parking spaces become even more elusive?

While still a common sight in Buffalo, open parking spaces are increasingly becoming harder to come by. The overall supply of spaces hasn’t changed much, but the downtown population has grown by 70 percent over the past 20 years, and the workforce there has swelled by 30 percent. That doesn’t include patrons drawn to new hotels, restaurants and events.

Meanwhile, entire lots are starting to disappear under the crunch of excavators, as developers eye the real estate for new projects. City officials, developers and experts see that growth as good for the city.

But it has prompted this question: Does downtown Buffalo have a parking shortage or too many surface lots?