Visit the West
Side, a classic traditional neighborhood. Take a walk in Recreation
Park. Read about famous people who lived on the West Side.
Read our analysis of the Housing Commission Report and take action. You can make a difference!
This paper and accompanying map were submitted by Binghamton University Environmental Studies major Tanner DeWolf.
In Spring, 2008, the Mayor of Binghamton appointed a citizens’
Commission on Housing and Home Ownership to study how to increase
homeownership, promote healthy neighborhoods, maintain and improve our
housing stock and create more good, safe and legal student
rentals. We support the Commission’s recommendations. What’s good for the
entire City is good for the West Side!
An article published Friday, February 20, about a planned
meeting between Binghamton University students and the Mayor of
Binghamton contained this statement: "Students were encouraged to
attend a city meeting this week to voice opposition to a long-discussed
code change that would limit the number of unrelated people who can
live together in low-density neighborhoods." This description of the zoning law is incorrect. [more]
On July 10, the landlord SPS Properties
GR-8, LLC (owned by Ken and Gayle Dubensky of Ardsley, New York), pled
guilty to a violation of the City Zoning Ordinance in City Court.
SPS Properties had rented a house at 8 Lincoln Avenue to a group of six
undergraduates; as a single family unit in an R-1 district, 8 Lincoln
Avenue could only be legally occupied by a "functional and factual family
unit." This guilty plea was the final result of a ten-month
campaign by a large group of residents and homeowners of the West Side
to have the zoning laws enforced in this case. [more]
The Abel Bennett Tract has been listed on the National Register of Historic Places.
Who we are: The West Side Neighborhood Association (WSNA) is a civic league representing the interests of the low-density residential
neighborhoods in the area bounded by the City limits on the West, Front
Street on the east, the Susquehanna River on the south, and the railroad
tracks on the north. We are incorporated by the State of New York and have
a large number of members who encompass all walks of life and all age groups.
Our mission: Our
goal is to enhance the quality of life that we enjoy here and to reestablish
the historically family-centered character of the West Side as a vital
component of the Parlor City by
West Side a great place to live!"
Facilitating neighborhood revitalization
Promoting neighborhood reinvestment
Promoting comprehensive planning and zoning enforcement
Promoting more effective code enforcement
Enhancing University and community relations