11 Most Endangered Places

Village of East Aurora

Location: East Aurora, New York
Current Status: Saved

Downtown East Aurora (Photo: Gary Waters)Downtown East Aurora (Photo: Gary Waters)

Accessible by only three two-lane roads, East Aurora is the site of the historic Roycroft campus, which played a major role in the founding of the American Arts and Crafts Movement. East Aurora's Main Street draws merchants who contribute greatly to the community through sponsorship of civic activities while providing a variety of goods and services for the village's 6,000 residents. The economic health of Main Street, and the contribution it makes to East Aurora's sense of community, has been threatened by the potential commercial development of a Wal-Mart on a large tract of land located at the edge of the village. In addition to draining the economic vitality from downtown businesses, the proposed oversized retail center would clog the small-town roads, stimulate sprawl on the village outskirts and irreparably alter the qualities that make East Aurora a popular place in which to live and do business.

Downtown East Aurora(Photo: Gary Waters)Downtown East Aurora(Photo: Gary Waters)

UPDATE: In April of 1995, the Wal-mart was defeated. An industrial park is now under construction -- the use for which the property had been designated before Wal-Mart's arrival on the scene.

Last Updated: 1/2003