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Mysterious Green Thumb On Niagara Street Shall Remain Mysterious

If you’ve traveled down Niagara Street anywhere near the corner of Virginia Street (entrance of the 190), you may have noticed a thoughtfully manicured stretch of greenery. I’ve seen it, and so have many others because I’ve received a number of emails inquiring who the mysterious lady is who tends it. Then, last Friday, Elena asked me if I knew who the Niagara Street caretaker was. That was when I decided that I would keep my eyes open for not just the green space, but the green thumb who was donating time to beautifying a tiny corner of our city.

Last evening as I was on my way to the Stiletto Run I noticed a little lady with a Styrofoam container bending down and pulling weeds. I walked up to her, smiled and said “Hello”. She smiled back and said, “Hi”. I then told her that I admired her work. She then grabbed her container and booked across Niagara Street and scurried into an apartment building. I continued to stand there, as the cars zipped past. So much for finding out who she was. But that was OK… it actually made the mysterious green thumb just that much more mysterious. So here’s to our mysterious Niagara Street gardener – “Your work does not go unnoticed and we are lucky to have you!”

Written by David Steele

David Steele

Architect ( a real one, not just the armchair type), author of "Buffalo, Architecture in the American Forgotten Land" ( ), lover of great spaces, hater of sprawl and waste,
advocate for a better way of doing things.

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