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WBFO and BRO: The City Budget and the Peace Bridge (Again)

Newell was absent for our round table discussion at WBFO this week, but Mark Scott and I persevered.
We talked about the city budget including the advent of the Rainy Day Budget within the $435M allotment. Brown is calling for tighter purse strings on spending within city hall the same way city residents are forced to be frugal in their own lives. This touched off some interesting comments online, but most people are happy for lower property taxes and a stay on garbage user fees. Police and fire hiring are up, crime is down and plans for a greener Buffalo are on the way.
Buffalo Fiscal Stability Board forum. Tonight.
We lamented the Peace Bridge’s pile up of issues. We like the Menn design, we don’t like the plaza, we care about the community and as for the birds and fish, we don’t feel those facts have been corroborated. Furthermore, if a community of great people in very nice homes aren’t enough of a reason to modify the plaza, why would fish and birds be able to sway a bridge design?
Here and there and urban planning. We talked some more about the placement of things, like UB itself, Route 33, the I-190. Is it unreasonable to take the placement of the Peace Bridge truck plaza into account? We, who tore down the Larkin Company Administration Building. Do we need these homes?
Next, we talked about the new issue of Buffalo Rising. I won’t tell you all about it because it’s out on the streets, and I like to encourage reading. Look for our new dedicated pages of features you’ll see every month. While you’re at it, let us know what other sorts of things you’d like to see pages devoted to. Think “quick reads of juicy bits”.
Finally, don’t forget that BRO/BRM is sponsoring a Cinco De Mayo party at Cozumel Grill and Tequila Bar tonight. Come on over and you’re sure to have fun.
Cozumel Grill & Tequila Bar
153 Elmwood Avenue
Buffalo, NY

Cover Design by Jonathan Gorczyca

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