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Two years ago, Buffalo Place decided it was time to more than double their Rangers security and escort program in downtown Buffalo, in recognition of the increased activity in the city's core, including among residents. The investment has paid off, officials said Wednesday. The nonprofit business improvement district organization increased its Rangers staff from thre…

Work is wrapping up on several state-funded downtown renovation and rehabilitation projects along Main Street, as Buffalo Place officials look ahead to the spring, when activity may pick up again. Board member Steven Carmina, a downtown architect and property owner on the street, told the rest of the Buffalo Place Board of Directors Wednesday that eight of 10 projects t…

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The president of Shea's Performing Arts Center is concerned about the limited availability of downtown parking for patrons, and particularly whether the recent reports of price-gouging by private lots will affect theatergoers. "There are people who get very concerned about the price of parking, and they express to us that it's not fair and very high for Buffalo," said M…

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In this regard, Michael Kless speaks for much of Buffalo. He is chief engineer at the Electric Tower, the Washington Street landmark owned by Iskalo Development. That means he has 14 floors worth of equipment and wiring to deal with every day, creating a building that to an engineer almost becomes a living thing. Yet this is no ordinary landmark in the city. Kless never…

Ellicott Development Co. wants to put up a new vertical digital sign on its Baker Shoes Building in downtown Buffalo, in preparation for bringing in new commercial tenants. The developer plans to put up the "electronic message board" - which is two feet wide by six feet tall - on the marquee of the building at 456 Main St., making it visible enough so that the Metro Rai…

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Hockey fans from around the world are expected to come to the World Junior Championship later this month in Buffalo. But surprisingly, one group is coming in fewer numbers – the Canadians. Canadians bought 60 percent of the tickets when Buffalo hosted the 2010-11 World Juniors. This tournament, Canadians account for 35 percent of ticket sales with one week to go. …

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For Joe Spina, detailed memory is both a gift and a remedy from all illusions. He was born in 1925, when Babe Ruth was still the greatest sports hero in the land, when a handful of merchants still used horses on the streets of Buffalo and when some elderly immigrants in his neighborhood still saw radio as a form of magic or witchcraft, carrying voices through the air. …

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I am betting that I am hardly alone in this memory. More than a half-century ago, I was a little kid in Western New York, the youngest child in a factory family. We'd drive through downtown Buffalo in early evening, the sky just bright enough to highlight the silhouettes of the twin statues atop the Liberty Building, one facing east, one facing west, with electric torch…

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Barbara Campagna and Susan Penczkowski started on opposite sides of the crowd last Thursday inside One Seneca Tower, but they were drawn toward one another, like magnets. They kept reacting to the moment in the same delighted way, and they were glad someone else could understand what they were thinking. Inside the 1970s stone emptiness of the tower's main concourse, …

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Dr. Joe Nowak faced a difficult choice. His brother, Buffalo architect Peter Nowak, died on an August night 18 months ago from diabetes, alone, at the Stuyvesant Apartments on Elmwood Avenue. Joe, a California dentist, traveled here with his wife, Shalan, to settle Nowak’s affairs. They found few possessions in the apartment, Shalan said, only Nowak’s “drawing board and…