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BRO on BFO: Bills Stadium, New President for the CTRC, Brown for Lieutenant Governor, UB’s John Simpson, Restaurant Week

Another week, another Buffalo Rising Roundtable Podcast on WBFO.  This one with some hardy arguments here and there.

WBFO News Director Mark Scott was eager to take the opposite view concerning our reader submission from Jared Pristach, in which he suggests that a Bills stadium be built in Buffalo.  This was a post that brought over 2,000 hits and brought about a lively discussion. I can’t tell you how happy it makes me when readers throw ideas like this out there for public reaction; I wish more of you would do it.  It’s brave, and I felt Jared had some good points.  Still, Mark says leave the stadium where it is.

Mark Lewandowski has been voted in as the new president of the Central Terminal Restoration Corporation.  Determined to keep the impetus going, Lewandowski and his board are looking at new and innovative ways to market the restoration efforts to potential developers. We talked about the upgrade to rail and roadways leading to the terminal.
Segue into bicyclist issues.  Are cyclists taking their lives into their hands?  Newell says the Complete Streets Initiative should be better enacted, especially on Main Street, where students would benefit highly from bicycle lanes.
Next, we talked about the possible scenario that would place Byron Brown in the Lieutenant Governor’s seat under Andrew Cuomo.  My contention was that if this played out, Brown would be a very good friend to Buffalo from that spot, but then we speculate on who would become mayor.  According to Mark’s research it looks like the common council president, not the deputy mayor, would take over.  We’ll talk more about that when and if…
John Simpson’s address to the community.  We had a discussion about the outgrowth of UB. Simpson’s most prevalent message was that we needed to make some noise about our need for UB2020 and the Flexibility and Economic Growth Act.  Dear Chancellor Zimpher and Albany, can you hear us?
Finally, tonight is the last night of Local Restaurant Week until next March. Chao Li kept us up to date all last week.  How about you?  Did anyone take advantage of the reduced cost dining?  What was your experience?
Top Image by Sean Brodfuehrer

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