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2 days, 2 hours 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.
1 week, 4 days 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?
3 weeks, 4 days 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.
1 month 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.
1 month, 1 week 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.
1 month, 2 weeks ago on Benchmark Presents Revised Elmwood Design; Gets Blamed for Village’s Parking Woes
@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!
1 month, 2 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.
1 month, 3 weeks 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.
3 months, 1 week 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.
3 months, 1 week ago on Two California Firms Commit to RiverBend Site
We love this store and support it often. This article scares me.
5 months, 4 weeks 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.
6 months, 2 weeks ago on Holy Crap, WBEN