I’m traveling to Washington, DC on Sunday and won’t return until the following weekend. Three days of the trip will be work and then I’ll be spending two days in Richmond, VA with my family before I return to Buffalo.
1) Buffalo: America’s Best Designed City
I love this video! It premiered at Larkin Square on Tuesday. I wasn’t able to attend but I wish I had. I would have enjoyed watching this with a large crowd of Buffalo supporters. The aerial views of the city are pretty astounding.
2) Improving Buffalo: How To See The Difference
Griffin Jones explains why he had a better reaction to this new Buffalo video (linked above) than another video that came out a few years ago. He’s more involved in his community this time around and he watched the premier with other people who are working to make Buffalo a better place to live. Great post.
The new film was released two days ago. For me, the difference was palpable. The environment in which I watched the film captured the way my habits have transformed my attitude toward Buffalo. This time, I didn’t learn about it from people who will never have a role in this community. I didn’t watch it alone on a lap top in my apartment. I was among an audience of people who have invested their lives into making Buffalo a better place to live.
3) The Ice Cream Makers
Local photographer Luke Copping wrote an article about the founders of Lake Effect Ice Cream and included photos and a video interview. Nicely done!
Lake Effect is all about craft and experimentation – everything they do is by hand and in small batches, and by small batches I don’t mean the tens of thousands of pints most faux artisan ice cream producers consider a small batch – Jason and Erik are making their super premium ice cream by hand in batches of 40-50 pints at a time.
4) Saved By the Bell Tower
Hertel Avenue resident Charlie Fashana is happy to see development continue in North Buffalo.
Fears loomed that the land would remain an empty construction site for years to come or a gas station or convenient store would set up shop on the prominent corner that once served as a community gathering place. [...]
Sam DeFranks, owner of Apollo Dismantling Services and former North Buffalo resident, said he fell in love with the property, especially the towering steeple that can be seen from blocks away. So much that he decided to leave the tower standing and began working on a way to incorporate it into his plan for a high end apartment complex.
5) A Long Time Love – Now Dream Come True
Heather, an almost-lifelong Buffalo resident, has decided to follow her dream of living by the ocean. She will be leaving with her husband and son in December to move to Florida. While I’m bummed about that, I’m also happy for her because I can tell how excited they both are.
I have called Buffalo home for 34 years with a life-changing 2 year hiatus in DC. Buffalo is home. It has family, friends, a network, a community, a long life. But both Joe and I felt a yearning — and we have a love. We have a dream. A real-life dream. And the funny thing about dreams is that regardless of what you try and do with them — stuff them away or ignore them — they keep creeping up. And frankly, life is too short to ignore your dreams. Not because of what people “tell” you, or expectations on you, but realistically if you have a dream that would be a great choice for you or your family then take the leap. Damn it, life is too short. It’s your life. Have the courage to LIVE it, whatever that means to YOU.
6) Things You Can Do To Make Buffalo Better, NOW!
Krystal wrote a great post about how to get involved. Don’t just say you want to do something — take action!
Buffalo IS the best (to MANY who live here). Our streets are filled with so much poverty that we overlook on a daily basis. We ARE fortunate to have buildings designed by the three most influential American architects of all time in our city. The politics need to change. We HAVE come a long way in reclaiming our former glory. BUT, there is still SO. MUCH. MORE. TO. DO.
7) Creative Placemaking: Revitalizing Through the Arts
Dana Saylor-Furman writes about her experience planning City of Night. It’s pretty impressive that they took an event which attracted 3,500 people in 2012 to an attendance of 12,000(!!) in 2013.
City of Night has been a success because Buffalonians are hungry for something authentic, a real experience where they can touch their own heritage and connect with other people who want the same. Our world is filled with “faux culture” and “stuff” that gets in the way of authenticity, so creative placemaking projects are wildly popular. People know and value history and our place in it; when they have the chance to participate in that directly, they will do so in droves.
8) Don’t Fear: Wegmans Remains Pro-Bills Amid Controversy
Last Sunday, the Teamsters Union hired a plane to fly over the Bills’ stadium with a sign that read “Wegmans Wants Buffalo to Lose.” So in other words, even organizations can be juvenile. Who knew?
(I’d say this house on Plymouth Avenue knows how to get in the Halloween spirit.)