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City Hallways (July 6): Council's unofficial architecture critic on street lights

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Councilman Dave Rivera doesn't like the look of the street lights in Niagara Square.

Niagara District's Dave Rivera, the Council's unofficial architecture critic, has moved on from the 23-story tower he dislikes to the street lights in Niagara Square.

Rivera mentioned how nice new lights being installed on Niagara Street from Elmwood to Porter look, then contrasted them with the street lights in Niagara Square, in front of City Hall.

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The Council's unofficial architecture critic prefers the new light posts going up on Niagara Street.

"Why are there ugly cobra lights around the circle here?," Rivera asked.

Public Works Commissioner Steve Stepniak says Rivera's on to something.

"That's a good point," Stepniak said. "There's been proposals for putting up other lights. I think we should look into that."

City Hall security update

Seems like a soft opening for the new security measures in City Hall.

I noticed many of the police officers that had been walking around the building in recent months are gone, replaced with some uniformed, armed security guards, who were at the entrance to the building this morning.

And of course that sign I told you about yesterday, letting people know not to bring guns or other weapons into City Hall.

Neighborhood News

July 11 Planning Board agenda is out.

Here's a few agenda items:

  • Construction of 10,000 sq.-ft addition to Mercy Hospital, 565 Abbott Road
  • Reuse gas station and convenience store with drive-thru, 2058 Delaware Ave.
  • Construction of medical office, 505 Seventh St.
  • Construction of single-family home, 20 West Ave.

In today's Buffalo News and buffalonews.com, I have story on Council wanting crackdown on speeding and other traffic violations in Buffalo.

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