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my co-workers and i (from gbsb) have been going to em tea for several years now. she has great lunch specials, the turkey chili is out of this world and so is the red velvet cake (when available). she has really come a long way from the first couple years and the longevity alone is to be commended.
"THE SCAR" without it we would have ABSOLUTELY NOTHING in downtown Buffalo! The entire city would have evacuated to the suburbs leaving it in far worse condition than it is today. Here is an idea, close the 33, eliminate it and the scajacuda expressway. Make it difficult for the majority of workers to get downtown, see what happens to business. Will people leave their 2,500 sq.ft. homes in the safe suburbs for a 1,300 sq.ft home in the urban jungle that we call the East Side? Will they move from new developments to neglected streets? I don't think so.
Really...absolutely nothing? Who you kidding? Last time I checked there were multiple ways for suburban commuters to arrive in the City...33 is just one.
You really think things would remain an urban jungle if traffic were redirected, lets say down Kennsington Ave...lots of opportunity for biz development along that stretch...if there were traffic. At a minimum the 33 should be decked.
More links here - Crossing the 33...
I feel bad for all those home owners that use to have homes next to a park and now a highway. The probably cringed as they watch their property values go down. But I am sure the suburbanites did not care about those they hurt.
Also, I think most Buffalo houses (not apartments) are just as big as the suburban. 2500-3000sq ft house is not uncommon in the Buffalo city limits. And many are made of more Expensive material than the suburban homes. The molding alone is about $50-$100 per ft to replace. and a suburban home....about $0.50-2.00 installed.
I'll take over generalizations and personal prejudices for $1,000 Alex.
There are good and poorly constructed houses in both the city and the suburbs, and there are good neighbors, good teachers, and good schools in both. There was a need to build the 33, and they did the best that they could given the money, culture, and technology of the time. Why do we constantly try to drive a wedge between the city and the suburbs? Why do we continue to blame the suburbs for 40 years of mismanagement by the City Government? Why don't we figure out how to move forward instead of trying to recreate our past? What's done is done, we are pining for the 'one that got away' while we let opportunity after opportunity pass us by.
I have read a lot about the history of Buffalo over the past few months, partially due to the history articles that Bill Zimmerman puts together. This entire region is rich in history and heritage, we can build off of that and leverage our assets for an impressive future, or we can continue the infighting. You choose.
The remaining homes never were "next to a park".
The homes left standing are actually the SECOND row of homes. The original homes right on the Parkway - very large elegant homes - were either demolished or moved for the construction of the expressway.
Me and my dad and uncle and cousins used to go to the old Sears store on Delevan and Main by way of that routed - and I remember being amazed at the sight of all those homes jacked up on cribbaging in preparation for their move.
Humbolt used bo be a lot like Bidwell or any of the other remaining parkways that remain with the main "street" flanked by large/wide green median strips, then the "local" streets on either side immediately adjacent to the homes that used to line the parkway. It was quite beautiful...