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Old September 5th, 2009, 12:33 AM   #2121
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Niagara Falls, Ontario skyline













Niagara Falls, New York skyline



Buffalo skyline











Strawberry Island



A modern house on the Niagara Parkway, north of Fort Erie, Ontario.



A restaurant were Black Creek is crossed by the Niagara Parkway and empties into the Niagara River.



Boathouses on the river at Grand Island, New York.





The Grand Island Front Range Lighthouse, built in 1917 and located on the grounds of the Buffalo Launch Club. The lighthouse originally sat in front of the Buffalo General Electric Company's River Station as an aid for canal boats to dock there.



Cranes at the old Wickwire-Spencer Steel Corporation, on River Road across from Grand Island. The steel plant closed in 1964 and made rod and wire products.

Great shots. Is it possible, on a clear day, that one can get see the Toronto skyline from the US side?
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Great shots. Is it possible, on a clear day, that one can get see the Toronto skyline from the US side?
I know you can see Toronto from Fort Niagara (Youngstown, NY)...
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Old September 5th, 2009, 01:54 AM   #2123
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Great shots. Is it possible, on a clear day, that one can get see the Toronto skyline from the US side?
Yes. As just mentioned, you can see the skyline from right along the other side of the lake, if visibility is good. Additionally, if you're on the edge of the Naigara Escarpment, you can see the skyline from inland as well (see picture below, taken from Pekin, NY). Apart from that, trees and the curvature of the earth eliminate pretty much any view you're going to have, from my limited experience.

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Old September 5th, 2009, 06:12 AM   #2124
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If you can fit under the bridge take your boat up that Black Creek. It is a pretty, meandering little stream. A lot of people have docks on it.
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Old September 8th, 2009, 02:43 AM   #2125
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If you can fit under the bridge take your boat up that Black Creek. It is a pretty, meandering little stream. A lot of people have docks on it.
I've never had a chance to do that, mainly since my uncle likes to use his baot for waterskiing rather than exploring. I have been down the Welland River all the way from Chippawa to the dam or point where the river goes underneath some road or the Welland Canal. That's a pretty nice ride.

I'd like to explore a lot of the waterways in the area much more. I haven't been out of Lake Erie in several years and would like to see the views of the Point Abino Lighthouse, Crystal Beach, Port Colborne, and other stuff from the water.

There's some cool stuff along the eastern channel at Grand Island. On top of views of Tonawanda Creek (or whatever the name is) and the end of the Erie Canal, there's a little lighthouse on Grand Island, and some old industrial relics. I took pictures of a couple of those and put them on the last page.
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Old September 20th, 2009, 05:57 AM   #2126
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Buffalo needs David Byrne to run for Mayor. Check out this story by the Talking Heads front man

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This is a very intelligent man!
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Location:Buffalo, New York, 14202, United StatesPosted on:September 21, 2009Category:Urban Design
Experience:7-10 years
POSITION ANNOUNCEMENT: Director of Planning, City of Buffalo, NY - Available Immediately

The City of Buffalo seeks a skilled, interdisciplinary, adaptive individual with a strong passion for urban design, planning, and development to become its Director of Planning. This position, newly created by Mayor Byron W. Brown, will direct the city’s planning and implementation efforts and oversee the regulation of its built environment as a key tool to its economic development and quality of life. The Mayor’s intention is to advance proven New Urbanist and other progressive principles and practices in particular to low-income neighborhoods and diverse communities, with a demonstrated commitment to public participation.

The position will be responsible for implementing the planning goals outlined in “Queen City in the 21st Century: Buffalo's Comprehensive Plan,” winner of a 2009 Congress for the New Urbanism Charter Award.

The position will lead the implementation of Mayor Brown’s reform of the city’s fifty-year old zoning code and adapt it to address contemporary challenges such as speed to market, ease and predictability of decision-making, and adding value to neighborhoods.

Desirable applicants for the position will have 7+ years of professional experience in relevant fields such as urban planning, architecture, urban design, economic development, or public management, among others. A related Master's Degree is preferred. Prior municipal experience is strongly sought, as is a demonstrated sensitivity to diverse communities and track record working with the private sector on regulatory matters. Approaches to low-market demand environments are important. Particular sensitivity to issues of diversity, inclusion, and participation across all economic and social strata is required.

Rather than “converting” the city into a new contemporary development code, it is envisioned that planning must be co-developed by starting with the historic problems encountered by the range of stakeholders in the current system and building up a regulatory framework that advances the efficiencies and value-retention and creation in neighborhoods. Teamwork, collaboration, and a fair dose of humility are required, as is skill in starting with a city “where it is,” not merely imposing best practices from elsewhere.

The position will be expected, among other things, to:

- Lead and manage the implementation of code reform by tailoring a form-based approach to Buffalo

- Adapt planning practices to retain and add value in urban neighborhoods

- Direct and manage community planners and other staff to ensure plans yield projects and projects are implemented appropriately by city staff and community collaborators, and uniformly tracked

- Manage inter-departmental development and planning reviews and work with and strengthen capacities with Planning, Preservation and other city review boards

- Report to the Commissioner of Economic Development and be a key deputy in interacting with other department sections to help guide lending, land acquisition and disposition, permitting, inspection, housing and other activities toward the implementation of Comprehensive Plan goals.

Established in 1832, the City of Buffalo has a long history of innovative planning. Progressive leaders in Buffalo, over its more than 175 years, implemented a classical radial street pattern designed by Joseph Ellicott and a citywide park and parkway system designed by Frederick Law Olmsted. Frank Lloyd Wright, Louis Sullivan, Richard Upjohn, and H. H. Richardson all contributed masterworks to the city's urban landscape, peppered in the context of walkable, mixed-use communities. Buffalo will host the National Trust for Historic Preservation’s 2011 annual conference and be able to showcase its legacy built environment.

No inquiries please. Applications will be considered in a rolling basis. Send cover letter and resume to Brian Reilly, Economic Development Commissioner, Room 920, City Hall, Buffalo, NY 14202
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New Urbanist and other progressive principles and practices in particular to low-income neighborhoods and diverse communities, with a demonstrated commitment to public participation.


Wow I see they finally get it. Why did it take 4 years to figure this out?
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Old September 24th, 2009, 02:27 AM   #2129
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I applied two weeks ago; it was first posted on the Congress for the New Urbanism Web site. Didn't hear anything yet, and I'm not very optimistic that I will.

I also applied for the development director position with the Town of Canandaigua. Believe it or not, the starting pay is close to what the first Buffalo PD candidate was offered.

It's not that often that vacant planning jobs in Western New York are open, much less advertised.
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Old September 24th, 2009, 03:41 PM   #2130
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http://online.wsj.com/article/SB1000...064136098.html

This is a very intelligent man!
Yeah, that would be awesome, and change Buffalo's image overnight, but I think that if San Francisco is too small for him, Buffalo certainly ain't gonna cut it!
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Old September 24th, 2009, 03:45 PM   #2131
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Sounds great, but my question is why do we need to wait on a Director of Planning to start 'implementing the planning goals outlined in “Queen City in the 21st Century: Buffalo's Comprehensive Plan,”'?

The whole waterfront motel affair demonstrated that the plan is routinely ignored.

My fear is that this is more empty words, but we'll see!
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Old September 24th, 2009, 08:09 PM   #2132
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Buffalo hasn't had a planning director in a couple of years, and its planning department is extremely small compared to other cities its size.
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Old October 3rd, 2009, 09:54 PM   #2133
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For all those who think it's "just a Buffalo thing". Of course I know some on this site won't like this and/or will refuse to acknowledge it. But it's true.

http://concordmonitor.com/apps/pbcs....910030310/1017
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http://www.biggerblast.com/index.php...uffalo-NY.html

Thats a video from 98' of the Ford hotel being converted to a parking lot. I can't help but wonder if today that would have been allowed to happen.
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Thats a video from 98' of the Ford hotel being converted to a parking lot. I can't help but wonder if today that would have been allowed to happen.
It would
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A couple questions about the area from a short trip around Labor Day that I never got around to asking:

~ What is the neighborhood around the Seneca Industrial Complex (the warehouses that you can see from I-190)?
~ How come the exits on I-390 are sequentially-numbered instead of based on mileage? It makes the distance feel longer; going from I-86 to Exit 7 near Mount Morris feels like forever because you have no way to tell how far you've gone.
~ Anyone ever stop to look at the tree stump carvings along U.S. 20A? I counted about 5 of them from East Aurora to Perry. All of them are animals: an elephant, a grizzly bear, a bear cub, an eagle, etc. There used to be an elf one in Warsaw near a McDonald's, but I don't know if it's still there.
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~ What is the neighborhood around the Seneca Industrial Complex (the warehouses that you can see from I-190)?
Historically this has been called "The Hydraulics" (there was a extensive canal system here). Ever since CityView renovated the Larkin Terminal Warehouse (now called the Larkin at Exchange building) people have been calling this "The Larkin District".
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~ How come the exits on I-390 are sequentially-numbered instead of based on mileage? It makes the distance feel longer; going from I-86 to Exit 7 near Mount Morris feels like forever because you have no way to tell how far you've gone.
Because NYS, being so up with the times as it is, has decided that is the way to go. At least they're not numbered backwards like they are on the I-90 Thruway, and with the east- and westbound control cities being Albany and Buffalo along the whole length instead of Rochester, Syracuse, and Utica as they would be on various segments in between were it located anywhere else. Having a sign saying "Williamsville", or even "Rochester", would be far more useful to someone getting on the Thruway at William St than the current "Albany", IMO.

That said, there is a provision in the NYS MUTCD supplement that mentions that the state intends to convert to mileage-based exit numbering in the future. So basically, it just depends on when Sheldon Silver determines a bill should be written and taken to a vote.

But I would imagine it'll never happen where Exit 57 off the Thruway becomes Exit 60, Exit 52E-W Walden Avenue becomes Exit 73, you get to Rochester via I-490 at Exit 117, etc., etc.
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Most states tend to be fairly reasonable with control cities ... except New York, which only has a few along the Thruway (Buffalo, NF, Albany and NYC) and Pennsylvania (where every little mining or mill town seems to be a control city).
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