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Roosevelt Plaza is Taking Shape

Roosevelt Plaza is starting to take shape. The grounds and the accompanying buildings are coming to life. The removable lighting/parking bollards are in place, as are park benches, bike racks, tree/flower plots and light standards (with dual street lamps – one for Genesee Street and one for the sidewalk).

Genesee Street (one way) now intersects the plaza, as it once did years ago (see historic street signs on buildings). The sloped curb to one side of Genesee allow for parking when the bollards are repositioned – same as along the nearby block of Main Street.

There is still room for public events at the plaza, especially with the newfound continuity with Fountain Plaza.

The granite pedestal for “The Hiker” statue (artist A.G. Newman) is also in place. It won’t be long before a new time capsule is buried for a future generation to uncover.

I can’t wait to see the greenery planted in the plaza. At that point this area of Downtown Buffalo looks pretty nifty – it’s clean, nicely arranged, and inviting. Not to mention the nearby buildings, as the facades are restored back to their original historic nature.

The only thing that made me scratch my head was the location of a couple of pay station signs, that appeared to be plunked down completely randomly in places where people walk – due to bollard positioning (when they are not in place). It doesn’t look as if that was exactly though out properly.

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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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