Center for Urban Studies (CUS)

CUS is a research, planning, and development institute dedicated to eliminating inequality and injustice through the development neighborhood regeneration projects.


We seek to build healthy communities and to create just cities and metropolitan regions. The intent is to build vibrant neighborhoods based on community control, participatory democracy, and cooperative economics that are anchored in people-centered urban centers based on social, economic, political, cultural and racial justice. To achieve this goal the UB Center for Urban Studies uses a prefigurative neighborhood planning strategy, engages in radical community development, and works with other groups and organizations to transform underdeveloped and marginalized neighborhoods into vibrant, healthy communities that are controlled by its residents.

Services Provided

Economic and Site Development

  • Economic Forecast (Specialty)

Business Planning

  • Diversification (Specialty)
  • Feasibility Studies (Specialty)
  • Demographic and Census Data (Specialty)

Internship Programs and Student Services

  • Student Research Projects (Specialty)

Libraries and Research

  • Demographic/Census Data (Specialty)

Nonprofit and Social Enterprise

  • Strategic Planning (Specialty)

Public Policy and Government Relations

  • African-American Business (Specialty)
  • City Business Issues (Specialty)
  • Hispanic Business (Specialty)
  • State Business Issues (Specialty)
  • LGBTQIA Business Issues (Specialty)
  • Native-American Business (Specialty)
  • Small Business Policy (Specialty)
  • Women’s Business Issues (Specialty)
Contact Information
Dr. Henry Louis Taylor, Jr.
3435 Main Street
Room 330 Hayes Hall
Buffalo, NY 14214