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City Hallways (Sept. 23) A Chinese goodbye

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When a group of business and government folks, including two from the Chongqing province of China, stopped by City Hall to talk business opportunities with Mayor Brown Tuesday, the conversation required an interpreter. "I have to work on my Chinese," Brown said as a press conference with the group came to a close.  Brown may get a chance.  The mayor's conversation with the Chinese officials began Monday night when he  and Howard Zemsky, president of Empire State Development,  had dinner with the two Chinese reps from  Chongqing's Economic and Information Commission and the province's Food and Drug Administration. The Chinese  invited Brown to  China to continue their discussions on cross-continental business benefiting Buffalo as well as  Chongqing. "I have accepted," the offer, Brown told reporters gathered in his outer office Tuesday. "We have to work out details."
Which leads me to say: "Zaijianle."  That's Chinese for "goodbye for now."

China's Yang Liqiong, speaks to reporters in Chinese, with Dr. Johnson Y.N. Lau, center, interpreting

China's Yang Liqiong, speaks to reporters in Chinese, with Dr. Johnson Y.N. Lau, center, interpreting

Going Green
In case you missed it, the Brown Administration  plans to submit its long-awaited Green Code to the Common Council Oct. 22. The Council's expected to hold a public hearing on the plan before voting on it.  The Code, by the way, has already had a lot of scrutiny from community groups who have been reviewing a draft of the document over the past year.  The Green Code is basically a land-use plan, setting the development rules for what can go where and how it can be done.  This will be the first time the city's land-use plan has been updated in a very long time. You can read more at

Food Focus -- Restaurant with a front patio proposed for 488 Franklin St.

Reminder: Front entrance to City Hall remains closed while stone artwork is being cleaned. The side and back entrances are open.

In today's Buffalo News and, here's story my colleague Lou Michel and I did on the city's ongoing planning for a new public safety headquarters. Also,  here's story my colleague Steve Watson did on the Chinese visit to Buffalo.

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