Broadway Fillmore is one of the storied neighborhoods of Buffalo, associated with Polish immigration in the late 19th and early 20th centuries, later with African Americans, and today with a burgeoning Bangladeshi community. With a Belt Line stop and two major streetcar routes, the neighborhood became so densely populated in the early 20th century that its center—the corner of Broadway and Fillmore avenues—became a direct competitor to downtown Buffalo. Suburbanization led to the loss of nearly three quarters of its residents over half a century. This neighborhood built by and for working people has a better chance of survival with the recent creation of the Broadway Fillmore Historic District.
Here’s the intersection of Broadway and Fillmore in September 2017: