Earlier this week I got to see my friend Janet and her 6-month-old twins, Holden and Teddy. They are the cutest.
1) Downtowns: What’s Behind America’s Most Surprising Real Estate Boom
This article isn’t about Buffalo in particular but I liked the subject — young people wanting to live in downtown areas. It highlights a number of cities which have experienced resurgence in the past few decades, including Louisville, Birmingham, and Denver.
One of the main factors businesses consider when deciding on where to relocate or expand is the available pool of college-educated workers. And that has cities competing for college-educated young adults. [...]
And there’s one place this desired demographic, college-educated professionals between the ages of 25 and 34, tends to want to live: tight-knit urban neighborhoods that are close to work and have lots of entertainment and shopping options within an easy walk.
2) Bounce-Back Buildings
Buffalo’s “once-troubled buildings…faced dire circumstances but emerged under new ownership without taxpayer assistance.”
“I have faith that things are going to turn around in Buffalo. It’s unbelievable what’s going on in that town,” [Anthony Kissling] said. “The whole area’s going to improve. I have high hopes that Buffalo is going in the right direction, and I’m willing to take a shot.”
3) Cobblestone District Makes Bid to Become a Music Destination
Nice article about Iron Works, a new music venue opening soon.
[W]ith the recent explosion of activity along the waterfront – the hugely successful Inner Harbor summer concerts, the addition of the Outer Harbor as a summer concert destination, the new builds happening around First Niagara Center – the Cobblestone District surrounding the arena and adjacent to the Inner Harbor would seem an ideal location for a live music renaissance.
4) Recap: Canalside Food Fight #1
A series of food truck “food fights” scheduled at various times over the summer? Sounds like a winner to me!
Back in the 1920s, nobody ever questioned what to do with grain elevators on the Buffalo waterfront. They stored grain.
But now the old Cargill Pool Grain Elevator adjacent to Gallagher Beach will be sold at public bid June 5, and auctioneer Cash Cunningham says that anything could lie in store for the historic outer harbor fixture.
Maybe some entrepreneurial type can turn what was last known as South End Marina into a hotel or restaurant – like in Akron, Ohio.
Or perhaps the 1925 structure is destined to remain a marina, like the one that former Fire Commissioner Fred D. Langdon and partner Bill Mackey ran for more than 30 years.
The worst-case scenario is that the parcel will continue to remain vacant.