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Rear End or Real Opportunity?

When you think of the heart of Downtown Buffalo, do you think of Court Street between Niagara Square and Lafayette Square? It’s one of the places that showcases our architecture and the hustle and bustle of our business district. While Court Street has seen a bunch of aesthetic improvements as of late (see awnings), there are still a couple of problematic dead spots that could become great assets without huge investment.

One such place is the back door of the Convention Center. When I look at this dead zone I think of pure opportunity. Can you imagine if a fountain with seating was added to the streetscape? Too expensive? OK, then how ’bout some seating? This could be one of the best places to set up a food cart. Even better… in about a week’s time, Taki’s will be incorporating an ice cream window into the facade of its eatery. Talk about prime opportunity for outdoor seating. Please, whoever is in charge of the upcoming renovations at the Convention Center, stop in and talk to Taki and work with him to turn this into a public space rather than a cold, isolated, unfriendly rear end. I don’t even think that this back entrance is even operational.

This is the perfect time to add some additional vibrancy to Court Street and Downtown Buffalo. Hey, you never know… if more people spend time on Court Street, maybe The City might actually install some bike racks!

Written by queenseyes


Newell Nussbaumer is 'queenseyes' - Eyes of the Queen City and Founder of Buffalo Rising. Co-founder Elmwood Avenue Festival of the Arts. Co-founder Powder Keg Festival that built the world's largest ice maze (Guinness Book of World Records). Instigator behind Emerald Beach at the Erie Basin Marina. Co-created Flurrious! winter festival. Co-creator of Rusty Chain Beer. Instigator behind Saturday Artisan Market (SAM) at Canalside, Buffalo Porchfest, and Paint vs. Paint. Founder of The Peddler retro and vintage market on Elmwood. Instigator behind Liberty Hound @ Canalside. Throws The Witches Ball at Statler City, the Hertel Alley Street Art Festival, and The Flutterby Festival.

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