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Game Over – #1 What’s Wrong With This Picture?

OK Buffalo, I have ONE issue with this picture, and the first person that posts the right answer in the comment section will get a $25 gift certificate from Trattoria Aroma (Bryant and Ashland). While there may be numerous things wrong with this picture, depending on the discernment of the viewer, in my eyes there is only one blatantly egregious penalty that should be addressed.

This will be the first of many What’s Wrong With This Picture? posts. Once again, I have identified ONE issue that I feel needs to be corrected. The first viewer to figure out what MY issue is with this photo, wins the gift certificate. Anyone that wants to venture a guess can send an email to I will try my hardest to notify viewers that the contest is over, as soon as the right answer comes through. And by all means, if you find any other errors, mainly pertaining to urbanism, feel free to point them out in the comment section.

Hopefully, if all goes according to plan, we can draw some attention to the fixable issues in this city.

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This contest is now over. Congrats to Syd for sending the right answer at 8:28pm (within six minutes of posting) – the outdated cobra neck street light. There were others that guessed the outdated highway style lamp standard, but Syd was the first to respond with the right answer via email. Thanks for playing!

There were some great (and very interesting) answers all around, including: the tree covering the stop sign, no bike amenities (lanes, sharrows, etc.), the positioning of the fire hydrant and the giant potted plant (ADA compliancy), the wrong tree species, the girl wearing a purse over her shoulder (instead of a backpack, which would counterbalance the weight), no bike racks, off color window treatment, green door doesn’t fit, no crosswalk, the buildings are two close – should be further apart or connected, no compliancy for visually impaired walkers, no parking in front, no corner street sign, raised curb/absence of a smooth apron from sidewalk to street, a pigeon inside the window, lack of fire escape on one building, no railings on the stairs, steps in front of green door (not handicap accessible), the commercial truck parked too close to corner… WOW!!! Not to mention the answers in the comment section. It’s so great to see so many people thinking and caring about what’s going on these days.

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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