...good to see but damn you had me dumbfounded with that "refugee flair" comment, all I can say is wow!
Really? I see constant foot traffic around that intersection whenever I am around there. Much more so than near their current location.
The southern few blocks of Grant Street make up one of the most properly urban feeling places in the entire city. The area contains one of the very few intersections in Buffalo (Grant/Arnold/Ferguson) that still has all four corners intact with traditional buildings that have retail on the ground floor and apartments or office space upstairs. (Allen/Elmwood is one of the other very few such intersections.)
been shopping there every week or two (dibbles, rite aid, salvation army, dollar stores) for well over a decade and never had a problem.
Although a generic, single-use, one-story strip plaza, this building gets a few simple things right that most of its peers do not. Among them is that it is build up to the street, has transparent windows along the sidewalk and uses traditional brick as a street-level building material.
Grant-Ferry has a long way to go. However, moves like this are the catalyst behind neighborhood revivals. It isn't the big money developers who come in over night and invest millions of dollars, instead, its the grassroots progress of passionate citizens and community groups who band together and implement practical solutions, one at a time, and get the ball rolling.
You rock WEDI and WSB!
Thank-you for being the voice of reason, Emigrant. I live just around the corner from Grant and W. Ferry and it always amazes me how many people don't understand that a neighborhood can be turned around if people support those who are trying to make things better.
Grant near Guercios has character and good space for foot traffic...Sweetness 7, a Ferrentines bakerys, a few other shops and a new restaurant near...all good things...This new location, not so much
And it will stay that away until legitimate businesses and residents move into that area. It will be a slow and difficult process, but the more occupied an area is by good tenants, the less riffraff that will be around.
Bad idea for patrons , maybe a good idea for the venture .... The nice thing about the bazaar was that it was near guercios and the cafe ...... Grant near ferry is an awful spot and dangerous