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@Michael DiPasquale @Metal_Trooper @bfranklin And since you've edited your original comment too, the memorial was planned and funded with private funds mostly by veterans themselves. Many of our service men and women have served in both conflicts. That's the only link you need.
This is a memorial to the people not the war.
1 day, 16 hours ago on The WNY Iraq/Afghanistan Memorial
@Michael DiPasquale @bfranklin I'm replying to your since edited or deleted comment that read "And what did these brave Americans give their life for?" For the soldiers they were serving with and protecting. For the oath they took. Period, end of story. I was there with 2 of the soldiers whose names are on that stone and personally knew another. I don't like the reasons we went there, but this memorial and the article about it are not the forums for that conversation!
1 day, 17 hours ago on The WNY Iraq/Afghanistan Memorial
@bfranklin Thank you. I wanted to type something along those lines and it wouldn't have come across as well.
1 day, 18 hours ago on The WNY Iraq/Afghanistan Memorial
That's beautiful. I can see my brother in arms Heath McMillan's name at the top of the Iraq list and Mike Williams a few down from that. I can't wait to go see it in person.
1 day, 21 hours ago on The WNY Iraq/Afghanistan Memorial
@bflopt I thought the same thing when I read this. It may be true by a lot of metrics, but the term "better off" is subjective. It's definitely a strangely worded sentence.
I bike. I want more dedicated bike lanes. I commute from South Buffalo, up Harlem Rd through West Seneca and into Cheektowaga. There are some hazardous areas, like the bridges over the tracks near Broadway.
1 week, 2 days ago on Beyond Bike Lanes and Sharrows
@SoBuff @justannotherone This is Buffalo Rising where comments require no minimum amount basic information.
3 weeks, 2 days ago on 33rd Annual Buffalo Irish Festival Returns to Canalside
@BuffaloFenian Not only is it well written, it's gorgeous too. I was pleasantly surprised when I found it on the counter at the Village Beer Merchant.
2 months, 3 weeks ago on Introducing WNY Craft Beer Magazine
@brownteeth @OldFirstWard @Rand503 I've been to the original Hofbrahaus in Munich and hope this opens! It will be so much fun!
Here's a video I made there: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=s3l7EUwu-BU
4 months ago on Hofbräuhaus Buffalo
If people are staying away from Buffalo because they don't want their kids in integrated schools, they should stay in the suburbs. I don't want their racist children going to school with my daughter.
4 months, 2 weeks ago on Former Holy Angels Academy to begin new life as home for Charter Middle School for Applied Technologies
Carl Paladino owns buildings hosting charter schools. He wants all BPS dismantled and turned into charters. No conflict of interest there.
@scottbuff @LouisTully @Metal_Trooper The comment "You can't just change it because BRO readers don't like it" could be added to almost any article on this site.
4 months, 2 weeks ago on Construction Watch: Courtyard Gets Signed
It's their logo. What were they supposed to make the sign look like? They put it on a truss bridge turned on its side. How could they make it more Canalside?
4 months, 3 weeks ago on Construction Watch: Courtyard Gets Signed
@runner68 It's out of place at Canalside because it's the first big business to open there. As more open, there will be more signs. Do you think Explore and More won't have a sign?
@rickhammered but It's easier for @rcgalbraith to just make a snide comment about that which he knows nothing.
A parking lot?! Oh the humanity!
5 months, 3 weeks ago on Flying Bison Brewery Ground Breaking
@LouisTully I spent a fair amount of time in conex's in Bosnia and Iraq.
6 months, 1 week ago on Termini Plans Genesee Street Restaurant
@NBuffGuy This is a joke, right?
6 months, 2 weeks ago on Falling out of Love: Wegmans and Me
This article is unbelievable. The Amherst St. Wegman's was one of the first companies to help this neighborhood with its revival. It has one of the most vibrant customer bases of ANY location in Western New York, regardless of its business. I have always found that Wegman's are the ultimate neighborhood meeting place. I see more friends, family and other community residents at my Wegman's than anywhere else I ever go. So the idea that Wegman's doesn't care about the community is laughable.
As to the build out, they took community input into the design. You seem more disturbed that they're building anything than the design. Plus another structure in the neighborhood will boost the density. It's also more good jobs in the neighborhood. And it's closer to the street and will be easier to access by walkers than the larger grocery store behind. My one question is will it only have liquor, or will it also carry food?
My biggest issue with this article specifically and BRO generally is the car issue. Buffalo was turned into a car city a century ago. We can't change that overnight and without billions of dollars in infrastructure investments. Now Wegman's caters to car drivers because this is a car driving city. They can't build higher density into the walking neighborhood, though its presence there is attractive to people who want to walk.
Do you have a full-time job and children? People living outside of the immediate 10 blocks can't be expected to walk to pick up a refrigerator full of groceries for their entire family. You claim that this is a 20th century design, but in the 21st century people buy a lot of groceries for whole families to consume over an entire week. Most families don't have time to make multiple walking trips carrying their bags.
The length that Buffalo Rising goes to hate cars is getting ridiculous. People aren't going to give up their cars until the costs are overwhelmingly prohibitive, which is a national oil industry issue, not a Buffalo specific issue. They will also not do that until the local alternatives are viable, which they are far from.
As the population of downtown increases and Wegman's doesn't jump into the urban market, other businesses will. It will be Wegman's loss. That shouldn't be held against them though. It's an opportunity for another vendor to increase competition in the area.
@norwalk The message that could be sent from an IBM logo on our tallest building could pay major dividends for future tech job marketing.
6 months, 3 weeks ago on IBM Commits to Creating 500 Jobs in Buffalo
This is a new "The Onion" style article appearing on BRO, right? If so it's hilarious! I challenge the author to go to this location by any means other than car and tell me how long it takes him to get there.
Someone is FINALLY reusing a grain elevator. How on earth could anyone rooting for Buffalo, with a hope for reasonable preservation, possibly hate this plan?
7 months, 1 week ago on Suburbanizing the GLF Elevator Site
Could you please stop with these ridiculous what if articles? In 50 years, after Buffalo has doubled its population and has the 5 billion dollars on hand needed for this project, then we can talk about it. Until then I'd prefer to focus on realistic developments.
7 months, 2 weeks ago on Dreaming up the next evolution of our waterfront
@ColinWGallagher @Metal_Trooper Not if there was a stop at Elmwood and Ferry. By the time you add up the drive, parking and walking from the car to my destination I would much rather just sit on a train and be let off at the stop I wanted. Thanks for assuming what it is I would want. I've ridden trains in at least 14 cities, in 8 countries, on 2 continents. I know how they work, transfers and all. I would much prefer to hop on the train at South Park and Tift, which could run to behind the arena onto the existing track and then transfer downtown to an Elmwood line and deal with parking.
Until I can do that, I'm forced to park and walk down to the village to get organic produce at the Co-Op and be lectured about traffic, parking and trains by people here.
7 months, 3 weeks ago on Benchmark Presents Revised Elmwood Design; Gets Blamed for Village’s Parking Woes
@LouisTully@eSlu @Metal_Trooper First of all, I'm in favor of this project. I shudder to think what the parking implications are going to be, but the developer has every right to build there and I like density. I wish we had half the amenities available in my Abbott Rd. neighborhood. Now with density comes the need for transportation alternatives. Today they don't exist here.
Now, I'm willing to go out of my way to support local businesses, most people in WNY wouldn't go through a quarter of what I do. So if I find getting to Elmwood to do my shopping a burden, most in WNY wouldn't even consider it. That is a huge barrier to further growth. I want to find a way to bring those people into the city and I'd like to do it without cars. Today it can't be done. If the idea is to inconvenience everyone into ditching their cars or supporting rail expansion, I can tell you that's a huge turnoff and the wrong way to go about it. When people on the outskirts view you as an elitist (and I'm not saying I do but I know plenty who think just that) they won't support anything you want. That's a huge problem for rail and preservation advocates in this city.
Is your solution to the parking issue that I should drive most of the way there and then take the bus up Elmwood? That makes no sense. It'll wind up taking just as long to get there as driving around looking for a spot. And I can't very well walk around to the shops and spend my money if I'm wasting half the time I have available looking for parking, can I? I'm the person you want shopping on Elmwood. I have a 6 figure job, like supporting local business. But that job and my family limit my free time.
The alternative is to take public transit the whole way there. I need a car for work. I'm not going to sit on a bus, take 3 transfers for a 1.5 hour drive I can do in my car in 15 minutes. I'm also not going to drive to a bus stop. I've gone to the Co-op at least 20 times in the last 3 years when there was no parking available in the parking lot. Now I'm carrying my grocery bags by hand, which physically limits how much I can buy there. Wegman's winds up with my cash instead.
I'm trying to be reasonable here. I'm practically begging to throw my money at Elmwood. There either needs to be expanded parking somewhere or rail. Until there is the businesses of the Village will continue to lose out on further gains.
@eSlu I live in South Buffalo. We're members at the Co-op and love shopping on Elmwood. We have a busy family life and can't spend a half hour looking for a parking spot when I want to grab some groceries or walk the strip. Until there is a better public transit alternative Elmwood will continue to get less of my money. Buffalo will remain a car city until we change our priorities. We should either make an effort to accommodate drivers or expand rail. This in between is aggravating. It limits growth and true revival.
Literally crumbling building in a neighborhood I never visit RAGE!
7 months, 4 weeks ago on Ohio Street Project Redesigned
@disappeared @Metal_Trooper I'm talking about CCC. It was always busy in the morning, after school hours (filled with Mount Mercy girls) and late nights for music events they held. So outside of that, yeah, not "always" slammed.
8 months ago on The Southtowns Could Use a “Street”
The book and coffee sales support the literacy center. If you ever went into the CCC you would know they were profitable. The place was always slammed. Dog Ears actually has a problem where people don't know that they're not open again. They do free coffee Fridays. Go check them out. They're good people and support a good cause.
@BfloForTheWin @fadetoblack @disappeared A cup of coffee at Dog Ears is $1.90 for a medium and cheaper if you bring a refill mug.
@ColinWGallagher @disappeared @fadetoblack He would rather continue talking about something he knows nothing about.
@No_Illusions You do realize Dog Ears Bookstore has a fully functioning cafe, right? It's a half block from Caz Park and Trocaire College. That, along with Buffalo Adore and Co Ed Candy and Abbott Road already features a lot of the amenities people are calling for. There is very slight movement in the area that will be bolstered by the River Bend project.
@OldFirstWard That's my neighborhood. I love living here. I wish there was more going on but until there is, the prices stay low, parking is free and easy to find, and the business owners are like family.
I really think one of the hard things about connecting South Buffalo to the rest of the city's rejuvenation is the barrier of separation. The Buffalo River, brown fields and I-190 are a giant barrier separating South Buffalo from the rest of the city. Look at it on google map. It looks like all the streets stop as you move north from South Buffalo to down town. There is a half mile of space that is brown fields, train tracks and the river.
One of the brightest hopes for me is the River Bend project. It will bring a huge cash infusion to the area and help fill in a bit of that barrier.
@disappeared @Davvid The previous owners had a marital split. Tom from the bookstore jumped on the space. It's run as a not-for-profit as part of the bookstore. They took so long to re-open because they remodeled and incorporated it into the book store.
This is great.
9 months, 3 weeks ago on Bat Tower
@whateverr @flexme Yeah, forget that each of the two companies involved is moving here from California and investing $750 million of their own in the project. And also, don't think about the fact that this is just to build infrastructure for a campus that can someday hold at least 4 more similar projects. So we invest $250 million with 1.5 billion coming back short term and a potential, what, $6 billion total long term? Corporate welfare? It's called long term strategic planning and investment.
9 months, 3 weeks ago on Two California Firms Commit to RiverBend Site
We love this store and support it often. This article scares me.
1 year ago on Dog Ears Book Store & Café reaches out for support
@DeadBuffaloBlog And "Mark Lauer too bad he is not in a hoodie" and "Meesa Kewl Don't know what all this racist nonsense is. I'm sure he's only kissing her with his white half !" and "Matthew Tartick "Ok Mr President, grab the first white baby you can get your hands on and kiss it, I'll take your picture", said the journalist. Very scripted." and "Barbara Ann its only racist because u ppl don't know the true meaning of racist and throw it around like u know what your talking about...YOU GET OVER BEING RACIST!!..blacks, whites, chinese, mexicans, ETC....you create your own problems!" and "Lisa Lombardo Channel 2 bunch of idiots. Big news he's kissing a baby,other huge news.Where will he eat? Who cares? He's Muslim,can't eat anything but his own halal meat.Try getting some real news." and "John Wirth Obviously this is the Kenyan kiss of Death!"
Or as you said, no racist comments.
1 year ago on Holy Crap, WBEN
@DeadBuffaloBlog And this: "Bob Alvarez would you let him kiss your child after he kissed that gorilla oh I meant michelle obama"
@DeadBuffaloBlog Then he said this racist thing: "Joe Appenheimer Wow did that skank you just call me Hitler haha I am off proud German descent Italian too so you already racially profiled me as a Nazi what do you have for my Italian side. Oh wait would it be racist to profile a white person as a Nazi because of their personal opinion? let go of the white guilt honey I'm pretty sure you or anyone you know has ever owned a slave"
@DeadBuffaloBlog This is pretty racist: "Joe Appenheimer Wow it is so funny how people want to play the race card so quickly you're right though it is about time for the black man to get his fair shake in the entertainment business the music business, football basketball baseball business, television and movie business, let's see it was not too long ago we had a black mayor a black governor and a black president so let's see maybe get a fair shake in the political business, public service where you can actually score less then a white man on the test but get a job because of the color of your skin that shit is racist. There now I just pulled the race card too. Guess I'll be considered a racist for speaking the truth unlike your president."
@TominBuff "Those were the days where you dressed for work and you had a proper haircut. You didn't show up for work in a polo shirt and kaki's." And blacks couldn't vote in a vast swath of the country. Yup, those were the days.
"Urban Renewal was a type of collective insanity...not unlike Nazi Germany or Revolutionary France or Bolshevik Russia." Especially as the new urbanists went door to door committing mass murder on old building owners?
"This also represented the time when the protestant aristocracy was replaced by the jewish aristocracy that covertly declared war on them though overtly feigned friendship." THERE IT IS, a "the 60's were great anti-semite." Please don't make anymore statements about what Buffalo was, is or should be. Your ignorant, bigoted rhetoric is not welcome in the 21st century public sphere.
1 year, 1 month ago on To Inform and To Serve: 1960s Style
I hope the author files a follow up. I'm interested to see if this was paved over. The 2 streets next to mine in South Buffalo are brick. I'd love if my street was uncovered too.
1 year, 1 month ago on Buffalo’s Original “Complete Streets”
I was in the military for 7 years and laughed, hard, when I saw that. Anyone offended is just stuck up.
1 year, 1 month ago on Happy Fuhking Birthday Stevie Johnson
Between Buffalo and Penn State Terry Pegula has spent almost a half billion dollars on hockey and its offshoots in the last 5-6 years. How could anyone question his financial commitment to hockey?
1 year, 2 months ago on Will Pegula Live Up To His Promise?
"We get to complain about grain elevators because Mother Nature has never seen fit to remove them by herself." That's great!
1 year, 3 months ago on 5 Dumbest Things In Buffalo- May 22, 2013
That went dark!
1 year, 4 months ago on 5 Dumbest Things In Buffalo- April 19, 2013
You can't quantify the value of friends and family. I grew up here. I was lucky enough to find a great job here. I stayed in the City because the taxes are low compared to the suburbs. Now we just got our daughter into our first choice school. The schools aren't as big a deal as people make them out because their quality is reinforced at home. The best schools still turn out awful people when the home life stinks.
1 year, 6 months ago on No, Really… Why Do You Live In Buffalo?
@BradRiter1 @sabrescott And his contract doesn't count against the cap. So when it's terminated the only negative to the team will be the cash it personally costs Terry. I hardly think he's into throwing that kind of cash away.
1 year, 7 months ago on Pegula Critics Can Go Straight To Hell
WHOA! What a dick. He does realize that it's fan that spend money allowing the NFL to rake in $9 billion in profit PER YEAR that allows him to make millions. Oh and the playing for "Him" nonsense. I doubt god would condone this kind of attitude. But we'll never know because god is a fairy tale.
1 year, 7 months ago on Bills CB Tells Fans To “Know Your Role”
That makes sense since "swift boating" is another term for character assassination.
2 years ago on Conversation @ http://thecable.foreignpolicy.com/posts/2012/08/21/in_facebook_postings_opsec_spokesman_rips_communist_in_chief_hussein_mao_bama
What a disgrace. Right wingers lied about John Kerry, a combat vet with 3 purple hearts, in '04 and are now doing it to the commander in chief in '12. Talk about Dishonorable. They can't beat him in the election so they'll lie to distort his impeccable national security record.