Until the governmental leaders of New York State, Erie County and Buffalo correct exorbitant tax structures and utility costs, Western New York cannot become a viable and attractive economic community. It is also imperative that complete cooperation be established between the multiple layers of government and the many civic organizations. They must be willing to compromise for the good of the community.
But because lower taxes, utility costs and cooperation are hard to achieve, it might be worthwhile to carefully consider the following suggestion: Put some of our large-scale structural possibilities in the "hold for future consideration" file and study what we already have and may have overlooked.
Buffalo is in a unique position to exploit its position as the location of undiscovered architectural treasures: our churches, buildings and homes.
The Darwin Martin House is but one of many architectural treasures. Others include City Hall, St. Joseph's Cathedral, Ellicott Square, the Guaranty Building, Richardson's masterpieces on Forest Avenue, the mansions on Delaware Avenue, the beautiful small Catholic churches in the Fillmore Avenue area and the one-of-a-kind Byzantine structure now part of the Canisius College campus. The list goes on and on.
The corrected plan for the Erie Canal terminus is a very good step in recognizing just one of our many treasures.
Perhaps we should consider regularly scheduled tours conducted by people knowledgeable in our many cultural institutions. Initially this could be underwritten by city and county development funds. Several organizations already conduct both bus and walking tours at various times. These could be coordinated into regular scheduling.
Prominent among these organizations this year is the Buffalo & Erie County Historical Society. The building it occupies is one of the treasures. The society has spent several years planning exhibits and activities to celebrate the 100th anniversary of the Pan-American Exposition.
This celebration and the possible sainthood of Father Nelson Baker should be catalysts for invigorating the area. What other tools do we need?
JOHN W. SEGEBARTH