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Old 06-29-2013, 08:08 AM
 
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A lot of new development is currently happening in Buffalo and the surrounding area. By 2017, many of the following projects will be completed, transforming and revitalizing Buffalo into a more modern and robust city.

These include:

- The Webster block development
- The new Buffalo Creek Casino
- The new UB Medical campus downtown
- New Hilton Garden Inn at Lafayette Square
- Dinosaur BBQ (scheduled to open October 2013)
- Planned Peace bridge plaza improvements Cuomo's failed huffing and puffing on Peace Bridge - Investigative Post

Other development news can be read at the following links:

Buffalo builds momentum with biggest construction boom in decades - City & Region - The Buffalo News

Buffalo Niagara - Downtown Development Maps - Buffalo Niagara Enterprise Economic Development

Positive recent developments have included:
- A $5 million dollar renovation to Niagara Falls state park
- A $4.5 million dollar splash pad at MLK park
- Many roads in and around the Buffalo area currently under construction or will be soon Streetscape improvements slated for Lovejoy - City & Region - The Buffalo News

In addition, now that the Seneca/New York State casino revenue sharing dispute has been settled, surrounding municipalities like Niagara Falls, Salamanca and Buffalo will be getting millions of dollars. Seneca Tribe to Resume Paying Gambling Revenue to New York State

Also, the election of non-status quo candidates like Carl Paladino to the school board shows that the Buffalo mindset has changed and it is diving ahead into the 21st century.
Read his letter calling for the resignation of the Superintendent here:
Carl Paladino Sends Memo Calling For Buffalo School Superintendent To Resign | WKBW News 7: News, Sports, Weather | Buffalo, NY | Lifestyle
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Old 06-29-2013, 08:29 AM
 
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Great post RC. There is still a great deal of work to be done, and some danger ahead (potential 95% vacancy next yr at HSBC tower being a biggie) but the arrow is definitely pointing up for a town that has been down for so long.
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Old 06-29-2013, 09:13 AM
 
Location: Jamestown, NY
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Whoopty-doo. Buffalo has been "rebuilding"/"redeveloping" downtown Buffalo for the last fifty years. Every decade or so, they start a new building spurt.
  • Remember when the Main Place Mall was supposed to bring prosperity to Buffalo?
  • Remember when the convention center was supposed to bring prosperity to Buffalo?
  • Remember when the ECC downtown campus, the subway, and a new baseball stadium were supposed to bring prosperity to Buffalo?
  • Remember when the Theatre District was supposed to bring prosperity to Buffalo?
  • Remember when building expensive housing on the Inner Harbor and around downtown was supposed to bring prosperity to Buffalo?
Despite all the promises, the fact is that about 1/4 of Buffalo households live below the poverty level, and just this morning the Buffalo News ran a story that half the children in Buffalo live in poverty.

I'm sorry to rain on your parade, but I'll believe that all these building projects will actually benefit the city in any way when they actually do. It ain't happened yet.

Furthermore, that you think an ignorant, sexist, homophobic, racist bigot like Paladino, who has sucked at the public teat for decades, is a "non-status quo" candidate simply shows exactly how ignorant you are. Paladino made his fortune off his "good ol' boy" relationships with Griffin and Masiello. Now that Brown has cut him off from insider info and favoritism, he's trying to establish a political base for himself.
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Old 06-30-2013, 05:13 PM
 
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Paladino certainly is an odd choice in this, and I am not a fan, but he will shake up the Board. Maybe not get any of his ways, but it needs a shake-up -- and he will get attention on issues and cause other members to actually take positions, not just rubber stamp items.

I believe it was Eugene Reville who replaced the mayoral appointed Board with an elected one ( 1970s). I am not sure it did the schools any good. That is another thing that was supposed to " improve Buffalo ". On any day of a Board Election, the polling places are virtually empty. They are in the schools. Schools are closed for Election Day in Nov., but the schools don't close for School Board elections. That in itself says a lot.
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Old 07-01-2013, 08:48 AM
 
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In general, I like to see the projects and I like that downtown is looking like it is going in the right direction to some extent.

However, I would not go so far as to say a Rennaissaince is happening. No one single, or combination of these projects is going to revitalize the city or the community. Particularly when you balance it agains the losses to the city and community (such as losing HSBC out of the tower downtown).

Until New York has a Renaissance in Albany, Buffalo will do little more than tread water at best (as it has been doing for a long time).
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Old 07-01-2013, 11:51 AM
 
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Ah the peace bridge. We had a little newspaper blurb from one of my classmates growing up in elementary school about what we should do to replace the peace bridge. I'm 30 now. It's not going anywhere.
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Old 07-01-2013, 12:39 PM
 
Location: Jamestown, NY
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Ah the peace bridge. We had a little newspaper blurb from one of my classmates growing up in elementary school about what we should do to replace the peace bridge. I'm 30 now. It's not going anywhere.
When I moved back to WNY from Albany in 1998, the agreement to build a twin-span for the Peace Bridge was ready to be signed. Obviously, that never happened.
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Old 07-01-2013, 06:26 PM
 
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Default More development news

The Outer Harbor is getting much needed improvements. Higgins touts progress on waterfront development - City & Region - The Buffalo News

HSBC is investing $35 million in its business infrastructure in Buffalo and Depew. HSBC says $35 million investment affirms local ties - City & Region - The Buffalo News
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Old 07-01-2013, 07:22 PM
 
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Ah the peace bridge. We had a little newspaper blurb from one of my classmates growing up in elementary school about what we should do to replace the peace bridge. I'm 30 now. It's not going anywhere.
The entire mess with the Peace Bridge started when then Sen. Moynihan, when asked why it was needed to be replaced as it was -- according to the Corps of Engineers -- perfectly fine, replied "they don't know what is UNDER the water"... and then entire hysteria began. This is over 30 years ago. Gotta love politicians for the word twists
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Old 07-02-2013, 01:30 AM
 
Location: 'greater' Buffalo, NY
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A lot of new development is currently happening in Buffalo and the surrounding area. By 2017, many of the following projects will be completed, transforming and revitalizing Buffalo into a more modern and robust city.

These include:

- The Webster block development
- The new Buffalo Creek Casino
- The new UB Medical campus downtown
- New Hilton Garden Inn at Lafayette Square
- Dinosaur BBQ (scheduled to open October 2013)
- Planned Peace bridge plaza improvements Cuomo's failed huffing and puffing on Peace Bridge - Investigative Post

Other development news can be read at the following links:

Buffalo builds momentum with biggest construction boom in decades - City & Region - The Buffalo News

Buffalo Niagara - Downtown Development Maps - Buffalo Niagara Enterprise Economic Development

Positive recent developments have included:
- A $5 million dollar renovation to Niagara Falls state park
- A $4.5 million dollar splash pad at MLK park
- Many roads in and around the Buffalo area currently under construction or will be soon Streetscape improvements slated for Lovejoy - City & Region - The Buffalo News

In addition, now that the Seneca/New York State casino revenue sharing dispute has been settled, surrounding municipalities like Niagara Falls, Salamanca and Buffalo will be getting millions of dollars. Seneca Tribe to Resume Paying Gambling Revenue to New York State

Also, the election of non-status quo candidates like Carl Paladino to the school board shows that the Buffalo mindset has changed and it is diving ahead into the 21st century.
Read his letter calling for the resignation of the Superintendent here:
Carl Paladino Sends Memo Calling For Buffalo School Superintendent To Resign | WKBW News 7: News, Sports, Weather | Buffalo, NY | Lifestyle
Paladino's closer to the 11th century than the 21st if you ask me.
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