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Seeing Stars in The Theatre District

A bike ride down Main Street yielded an unexpected surprise earlier today. The gateway to the Theatre District has been spruced up in a way that many of us never could have anticipated. Rather than a vacuous streetscape, there is now a welcoming vista, complete with bold signage, DIY seating, a Plaza of Stars, and a bit of foliage. The public terrace abuts the section of Main Street where the Metro Rail emerges from underground.

This location of Main Street has always been an eyesore – a stark, concrete no-man’s-land that did more to keep people away than attract them into the cultural bounty known as the Theatre District. Now there is a small, pleasant, attractive gathering place that pays respect to the artists who have made their mark in Buffalo. I imagine this terrace as a place where busking musicians will set up to enhance people’s experience as they access the district.

While an impressive water feature would have been a nice touch, the scene is like night and day compared to what used to be here. This is one more step towards making Main Street a place where people will visit, congregate and stay, instead of avoiding it altogether.



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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