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May 27, 1980: Prostitution is in the open on Chippewa Street – but no violence, please

It’s well known that before it was the fun spot for college-aged bar hoppers, Chippewa Street was Buffalo’s red-light district.

If there’s any doubt about whether prostitution was a real issue on Chippewa Street, it’s cleared up in the comments of a bar owner who created a list of 18 prostitutes who were known to be violent pick-pockets and were no longer welcome in his gin mill.

"Bar now 'off limits' to prostitutes"

“Mr. Constantin said he recognizes Chippewa Street for what it is and said he is only going after violent prostitutes.”

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