March 21, 2012 8:44 AM
When I lived on North Pearl Street in Allentown, just over a decade ago, there were a lot of rooming houses and it was very apparent how they were adversely affecting the neighborhood. I remember clearly that this part of Allentown was in transition, and many of my neighbors were fed up with the conditions of the rooming houses as well as the illegal activities that were being conducted from within. The last time I visited my old neighborhood I was happy to see that most of the old problematic houses had been converted into singles and doubles. It's unimaginable just how disruptive one poorly run
March 19, 2012 2:44 PM
I guess I never really thought about it, but did you know that Buffalo has its own unique style when it comes to gardens? Garden Walker Jim Charlier has passed along a link to The Garden Guru (Allan Becker in Montreal) that he felt deserved some attention. While Jim often sends around links to online garden journals, he felt that this particular article did a nice job in summing up not just how beautiful Buffalo's gardens are, but how incredibly unique they are due to our architectural heritage and our climate. In Jim's own words, "A spectacular write-up about Buffalo's gardens by a garden writer
March 19, 2012 12:21 PM
Expert architectural historian and preservationist Martin Wachadlo will be presenting a lecture on Buffalo's place in American architectural history on Tuesday, March 20 in the Kavinoky Theater at D'Youville College. The turn-of-the-century building is the perfect location for Wachadlo's discussion, which will take listeners on a chronological journey through Buffalo's architectural evolution.
"Last fall, the lecture was featured at the National Trust Conference held in Buffalo inside of the Common Council chambers to a capacity crowd," said Kathy Mecca of
March 19, 2012 8:14 AM
If you're going to resurrect a historic hotel, you might as well go all out, right? That's what developer Rocco Termini is doing by partnering with the Buffalo and Erie County Historical Society (BECHS). The plan is to feature reproductions of historic images and items throughout the hotel, in a manner that will help to tell the story of downtown Buffalo - from the dessert plates and the wallpaper in the grill to the headboards in the hotel rooms.
With the help of our friends from 'room' on Hertel and Carmina Wood Morris, visitors will be able to examine bits and
March 18, 2012 1:20 PM
If you've never been to the "Old Neighborhood" St. Patrick's Day Parade, then you really are missing out on one of the better events in the region. Why? Because the never-ending parade is all about community and tradition. It may not be as showy as the parade being held today, but there is no denying that the spirit is on par. For the 19th year in a row, residents of The Valley and the old First Ward... the Old Neighborhood, lined the streets to get a glimpse of the musicians, dancers and floats that made their way down South Park Avenue, then paraded down various residential side streets.
March 18, 2012 12:03 PM
By Jessica Edwards:
Eating out is usually an enjoyable experience. However, one of the biggest hindrances can be poor service. There is nothing worse than getting an anxious, stressed out, or worst of all... grumpy server. Moods are contagious (especially, bad moods), and can often have a ripple effect that ultimately defeats the aim of having a relaxing time.
So, wouldn't it be great if there were options for "waiter's temperament" on the menu? You could have your choice from "wildly amusing" to just simply "efficient". As
March 18, 2012 10:22 AM
By Michael Hargrave:
Rehabbing old houses in not an easy task. Rehabbing houses that haven't been lived in for years is an even more daunting task. Just ask Dave Weitzel. His recent purchase of 458 Vermont Street represents yet another step towards clearing the streets of the West Side of vacant homes, but the process to fix up the old two-storey duplex and the additional house behind it is going to be arduous.
Dave took me on a tour of his new property (both houses) in
March 17, 2012 10:53 AM
You would think that in a neighborhood that is experiencing a bit of a comeback, a project like this one would be frowned upon. Not only did the owner of this storefront on Grant Street remove the original facade in order to replace it with a bland, generic store-bought model, now he or she has installed a rolling metal garage door to completely seal the deal. I noticed the installation taking place earlier in the week, but it was not until I passed by at 10am this morning that the iron clad addition revealed itself for what it really was - a slap in the face to the neighborhood.