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Civic Mowing

Every once in a while we can’t help but notice that there are property owners out there who just don’t give a crap about the appearance of their houses, buildings, lawns, etc. Thankfully a call to The City #311 can alleviate many of those issues, but what if local residents are looking for immediate action?

A group of concerned business owners in Tonawanda recently got so fed up with one building owner (sitting on vacant buildings) that they took it upon themselves to take care of the problem themselves. Instead of dealing with a high profile unkempt lawn, the vigilantes rallied together and formed a Civic Mowing posse. Here’s the video that shows what went down:

In the past we’ve seen actions like this by Guerrilla Gardeners that took care of similar issues. Then there’s the incredible work that organizations such as Grassroots Gardens, Buffalo in Bloom, The Garden Walk, Keep The West Side Beautiful, South Buffalo Crew, Allentown Litter Mob, and countless other grassroots groups get done. But every once in a while, when urban (and suburban) blight rears its ugly head and there’s no clean-up plan in sight, there’s only one alternative… get it done anyway that you can, and hopefully shame the property owner in the process.


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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