One can argue that the Five Points neighborhood, where West Utica, Rhode Island and Brayton Streets intersect, is one of Buffalo's biggest turn around success stories. It was only 30 years ago when this west side neighborhood had some of the highest crime statistics in the city, numerous vacant homes and plenty of overgrown lots. Homes were given away at auction for less than $1,000, and longtime residents paid private security to walk the streets in effort to curb the violence. Fast forward to today - rents are fetching over $900 a month and houses are selling at record speeds, for record amounts. Businesses, such as Five Points Bakery, Remedy House, Urban Roots Cooperative, Las Puertas Restaurant and many others now fill this dense urban neighborhood. Victorian homes lining the side streets are being invested in, and the fabric of the West Side is strengthening. Organizations like PUSH Buffalo are working with the community to ensure stability for the long-time residents and curb gentrification through maintaining affordable housing and hiring opportunities. Five Points, a small but important piece in Buffalo's resurgence, is a must visit!