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Highway noise kills. Researchers in the U.S. and European Union (EU) have known this for decades. The New York Times reported this year that "noise could take years off your life." Hypertension, stroke, and heart attacks are just some of the increased risks. And who is at most risk? "poor people and communities of color are more likely to experience excessive noise exposure because they often have fewer housing choices and are more likely to live near high-traffic roads." Studies beginning in the 1990s showed that 90% of the tens of thousands of annual deaths in the EU caused by... Continue reading
Posted Nov 3, 2023 at Greater Buffalo
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The Campaign for Greater Buffalo is hosting a series of three profusely illustrated presentations called Urban Revival Buffalo that it hopes will inspire fresh thinking on ways to revitalize the city while making it more equitable, sustainable, and attractive. The full slate of events is free and open to the public, with donations appreciated. Eugene Debs Hall The series kicks off on Wednesday August 30 at 6:00pm at Eugene Debs Hall, Peckham and Clark streets, Buffalo, with “Bikeopolis,” a look at European bicycle cultures in Dutch, Belgian, and German cities by Campaign Executive Director Tim Tielman. Tielman rode his bike to... Continue reading
Posted Aug 23, 2023 at Greater Buffalo
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Campaign for Greater Buffalo executive director Tim Tielman and Henry Swiatek of Swiatek Studios, art restorers, for a special tour of the interior and exterior decorative extravaganza that is the peak of Arts & Crafts architecture, the 1920s churches of Oakley & Schallmo. An Abundance of Delight, the Arts & Crafts of Oakley & Schallmo is an exploration of mastery not to be missed. Chester Oakley (1893-1968) and Albert Schallmo (1884-1928) worked together for just nine years before Schallmo’s premature death. The last years of the partnership produced four exquisite churches in the four corners of the city: St. John’s... Continue reading
Posted Aug 1, 2023 at Greater Buffalo
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The Campaign for Greater Buffalo's Open-Air Autobus is on the road for its 14th stellar season. The Open-Air Autobus is the biggest part of our LearnAboutBuffalo programming of tours, lectures, and publications. Not only to you get an informative two hours of seeing Buffalo in a fresh way, your tickeys... Continue reading
Posted Jun 20, 2023 at LearnAboutBuffalo
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The Campaign for Greater Buffalo's Open-Air Autobus is on the road for its 14th stellar season. The Open-Air Autobus is the biggest part of our LearnAboutBuffalo programming of tours, lectures, and publications. Not only to you get an informative two hours of seeing Buffalo in a fresh way, your tickeys... Continue reading
Posted Jun 20, 2023 at Open Air Autobus
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"This may be the best city tour we've ever taken." TripAdvisor reviewer from Pittsburgh The Campaign for Greater Buffalo's Open-Air Autobus is on the road for its 14th stellar season. The Open-Air Autobus is the biggest part of our LearnAboutBuffalo programming of tours, lectures, and publications. Not only to you get an informative two hours of seeing Buffalo in a fresh way, your tickeys help support our non-profit historic preservation activities. There is no better way to learn about Buffalo than to travel around and about Buffalo with the experts of The Campaign for Greater Buffalo History, Architecture & Culture.... Continue reading
Posted Jun 20, 2023 at Greater Buffalo
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Once again, the city of Buffalo has called for Requests For Proposals from developers for the Broadway Auditorium (nee Armory, nee Arsenal, nee Batavia Market), for 75 years ingloriously used to store garbage trucks, salt mounds, and dump trucks. Rather than turn the site over to a private developer and face an uncertain future ("Dang, we thought we could save the building, but it is worse than we thought! We're going to have to demolish it and use the whole 4 acres for our new-build project!"), the site should restored and remediated for public use and operated by a non-profit... Continue reading
Posted May 5, 2023 at Greater Buffalo
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The Buffalo News, in its lead editorial of September 20, is calling for an investigation into judge Emilio Colaiavoco's handling of the Great Northern case, in which he lifted a Temporary Restraining Order (TRO) that had prevented the demolition of the landmark on July 5, but blocked the ability of The Campaign for Greater Buffalo to appeal until he dismissed the case on Sept. 14. That was the same day city officials had announced could be the start of demolition—72 days after lifting the TRO. News cartoonist Adam Zyglis the same day made sure people did not lose sight of... Continue reading
Posted Sep 20, 2022 at Greater Buffalo
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ADM began demolition by cutting out the central bin on the north side, where wall damage occurred during a Dec. 11 windstorm Shortly before 10:00am on Friday September 16, ADM Milling began cutting up the exposed steel tanks of the historic Great Northern grain elevator. It was 73 days after judge Emilio Colaiacovo issued a decision against The Campaign for Greater Buffalo but, in effect, instituted a blockade against an appeal by not dismissing the case. It was only with the arrival of demolition equipment and a steady drumbeat of articles, editorials, and guest editorials in the Buffalo News and... Continue reading
Posted Sep 16, 2022 at Greater Buffalo
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I kept on thinking about Al Franken’s book Lies and the Lying Liars Who Tell Them (With more lies! And New Liars!) as I listened to the testimony of two engineers employed for the purpose of supporting the demolition of the landmark Great Northern grain elevator. It was paid-for poppycockery of the lowest order. The building, damaged during a December gale, was in “imminent danger of collapse,” according to former Commissioner of Inspections and Permits Services James Comerford, who retired in January. The building still stands eight months later, in no more danger of structural collapse than it ever was.... Continue reading
Posted Aug 31, 2022 at Greater Buffalo
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The Campaign for Greater Buffalo's Open-Air Autobus is on the road again after a two-year hiatus during the pandemic. We are glad to be back and starting our LearnAboutBuffalo programming once again. To thank our members-in-good-standing for their steadfast support, we are offering them a free pair of seats for any Buffalo Whirlwind tour this summer! All others—what are you waiting for? Support preservation in Buffalo and get a 20% discount on all our tours and events! There is no better way to learn about Buffalo than to travel around and about Buffalo with the experts of The Campaign for... Continue reading
Posted Jul 1, 2022 at Greater Buffalo
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The Campaign for Greater Buffalo's Open-Air Autobus is on the road again after a two-year hiatus during the pandemic. We are glad to be back and starting our LearnAboutBuffalo programming once again. To thank our members-in-good-standing for their steadfast support, we are offering them a free pair of seats for any Buffalo Whirlwind tour this summer! All others—what are you waiting for? Support preservation in Buffalo and get a 20% discount on all our tours and events! There is no better way to learn about Buffalo than to travel around and about Buffalo with the experts of The Campaign for... Continue reading
Posted Jun 24, 2022 at Greater Buffalo
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The Campaign for Greater Buffalo's Open-Air Autobus is on the road again after a two-year hiatus during the pandemic. We are glad to be back and starting our LearnAboutBuffalo programming once again. To thank our members-in-good-standing for their steadfast support, we are offering them a free pair of seats for... Continue reading
Posted Jun 24, 2022 at LearnAboutBuffalo
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The Campaign for Greater Buffalo History, Architecture & Culture won a key decision by the New York Supreme Court Appellate Division for the Fourth Department today that reverses a lower court ruling that would have allowed the emergency demolition of the landmark Great Northern grain elevator. The appeals court agreed with the Campaign that the lower court the erred in refusing to permit The Campaign "to introduce certain proposed expert testimony and other evidence at the fact-finding hearing." Download Great Northern Decision New York State Supreme Court Justice Emilio Colaiacovo in January lifted a temporary restraining order and allowing demolition... Continue reading
Posted Apr 29, 2022 at Greater Buffalo
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The Great Northern has been embedded in the local landscape for 125 years. The Campaign for Greater Buffalo is fighting to keep it standing for another 125. Nancy J. Parisi photo. By Paul McDonnell. Originally published in The Buffalo News April 5, 2022 The Great Northern grain elevator, the first and last of its kind, is still standing. It has just passed two significant anniversaries. February marked the 125th anniversary of the beginning of construction. More infamously, March 27 marked the 100th day since Buffalo’s Commissioner for Permits and Inspection Services issued an emergency demolition order to destroy the iconic... Continue reading
Posted Apr 5, 2022 at Greater Buffalo
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It has been a trying two years for everyone, so we are glad to be out and about this year. We expect to have our full schedule posted soon, but for the meantime, why not think about chartering a Buffalo experience? You'll get expert and opinionated commentary from noted Buffalo preservationists and historians Tim Tielman or Paul McDonnell (depending on availability). Travel anywhere around Buffalo anytime you want bwith a charter. There is no better way to learn about Buffalo than to see, hear, smell the city. We’ve done trips for students from grade-2 to graduate students, weddings, bar mitzvahs,... Continue reading
Posted Mar 17, 2022 at Greater Buffalo
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Freedom of movement is an essential human requirement. Cities and towns that best accommodate this are places people want to live and enterprises can flourish. This matters not only in summer, when most of us visit and take our pictures of bustling streets and squares. "Bustling streets and squares" in North America are invariably in neighborhoods established before 1940, when buildings and circulation were oriented to pedestrians. When we don't clear snow from sidewalks, we force those worried about slipping and falling cooped up inside. We also keep disabled people inside. To the degree that it is hard and unpleasant... Continue reading
Posted Feb 24, 2022 at Greater Buffalo
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Just prior to the December 11 windstorm during which a chunk of the Great Northern grain elevator's brick cladding tumbled to the ground, setting off an epic preservation battle that continues in the courts, The Campaign for Greater Buffalo completed renderings of a new type of pedestrian bridge to solve another waterfront problem, one of access and equity hiding in plain site: The Buffalo Outer Harbor is practicably inaccessible to people using public transit or simply walking or riding their bikes. As the crow flies (or cars speed across the Skyway), only 800 feet separate Central Wharf and downtown Buffalo... Continue reading
Posted Feb 17, 2022 at Greater Buffalo
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The Campaign for Greater Buffalo History, Architecture & Culture has been granted a preliminary injunction to preserve the Great Northern grain elevator pending a decision by the New York Supreme Court Appellate Division for the Fourth Department on the issues raised by the Campaign regarding an emergency demolition order issued by the City of Buffalo and a lower court ruling favoring the City early last month. “We are glad that the court agreed with the need for an injunction to prevent any action to demolish the Great Northern,” said Campaign attorney Richard Berger. Campaign lead attorney Richard Lippes said “We... Continue reading
Posted Feb 15, 2022 at Greater Buffalo
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ADM flour mill was built adjacent to the Great Northern grain elevator (top) in 1928. The Great Northern, Washburn-Crosby, and Wheeler (remnants below)elevators of Kelly Island form the most architecturally significant collection of grain elevators in the world. The Great Northern is threatened with an emergency demolition order currently being fought in court by The Campaign for Greater Buffalo. Photo (detail): Carol Highsmith 2018. By Michael Pesarchick Despite its massive size and iconic presence on the Buffalo waterfront, the Archer-Daniels-Midland (ADM) plant on Ganson Street – home of the endangered Great Northern Elevator – employs relatively few people. According to... Continue reading
Posted Feb 8, 2022 at Greater Buffalo
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Unless an appeals court intervenes, Buffalo is heading headlong into the avoidable destruction of one of its most significant buildings. It is doing it because of a rushed error in judgement by the person in charge of code enforcement who did not seek or gather advice from anyone except his staff and the intransigently negligent building owner. He came to the conclusion that one of the most stoutly constructed buildings in the city was in imminent danger of collapse, if its 60-foot high, 40-foot wide, 400-foot long top didn’t blow off first. He saw it as an emergency requiring the... Continue reading
Posted Jan 22, 2022 at Greater Buffalo
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The Campaign for Greater Buffalo, currently engaged in a battle to overturn or have revoked an emergency demolition order on the historic Great Northern grain elevator, has contended from the start that owner ADM's submittals in support of demolition were far from ironclad. Buffalo Commissioner of Permits & Inspections Jim Comerford testified in court that he relied, in part, on the "engineering reports" provided by ADM in making his decision to require the emergency demolition of the giant waterfront landmark—the world's oldest electrically powered grain elevator, and the very last of its kind (a brick-clad working-house elevator, which gives it... Continue reading
Posted Jan 11, 2022 at Greater Buffalo
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You can bet every bad-actor commercial property owner in Buffalo is closely following Archer Daniels Midland's (ADM) attempt to use the emergency demolition powers of the Commissioner of Permits and Inspections to ram through, under the cloak of public safety, demolition of the landmark Great Northern elevator. If the ADM action succeeds, it will be a blueprint for every other bad actor in town. Campaigns for emergency demolition— orders which should either not be considered at all (in place of ordering repairs) or should go through the normal Preservation Board review of public hearings, document preparation according to city standards,... Continue reading
Posted Jan 10, 2022 at Greater Buffalo
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The Great Northern grain elevator, despite the tear in its brick wrapper, is in no more danger of collapsing than a six pack of Genny cans left out on your deck in the rain. That's because not only is the 30-pack of steel cylinders strong on its own (each can withstand internal pressures of 17,000 lbs. per square inch), each is bolted to eight massive steel columns, which are then bolted to every adjacent cylindrical bin. On top of everything, the roof and cupola (themselves composed of girders up to 60 inches deep) are supported by a series of these... Continue reading
Posted Jan 8, 2022 at Greater Buffalo
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No, the Great Northern is not going to burn, and there is nothing inside it that will burn either. The Brown Administration, apparently seeking to bolster its emergency demolition order on the Great Northern grain elevator, obtained a letter from the fire commissioner advocating for the demolition. The letter was and included in court documents filed and referenced during testimony of Permits & Inspections Commissioner James Comerford in an evidentiary hearing on Monday January 3 in the Campaign for Greater Buffalo's lawsuit against the City of Buffalo and owner ADM. Attorneys for ADM stoked the flames during Comerford's testimony and... Continue reading
Posted Jan 4, 2022 at Greater Buffalo