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City Hallways (Sept. 25) Woody Guthrie moment

Calendar Items
Nothing I'm aware of yet today.

Meter eaters
I spoke to Kevin Helfer, the city's parking czar. Turns out those fancy meters  that take credit cards  - the ones I mentioned finding in Thursday's City Hallways -- are part of a larger on-going pilot in the city to figure out the best types of meters for different parts of Buffalo as the city develops a more futuristic on-street parking plan. I'm working now on a larger story that will include much more of what Helfer had to say about city parking meters.  One thing I should mention now though: There's no plans to raise the $1 an hour meter fee, Helfer said.

Neighborhood news
New food store, 716 Food Mart, planned for 881 William St., asking city for food store license. So is  Dodge Food Mart, proposed for 529 Dodge.
Also, business called the Sole Man planned for 565 Elmwood, that would repair and sell shoes as well as leather bags and men's accessories such as sunglasses, hats, belts. The store is asking the city for a second-hand dealers licenses.

Homicide Count - Buffalo had its 12th homicide Thursday since Sept. 1 . That's one person murdered  every other day. Each was shot to death.  Here's a link to the BPD's  page listing homicide victims so far in 2015. The most recent victim wasn't yet listed Thursday night. I'm thinking of keeping the homicide count as a regular City Hallways item. Too much killing. Every victim is someone's son or daughter.

In the words of Woody Guthrie
I looked out my second-floor City Hall window about 4 p.m. yesterday and spotted a crowd in Niagara Square that I could hear singing "This land is your land." Some  folks walked around with signs  about climate change. A banner said "Rise Up for Climate Justice." Students from Olmsted and City Honors high schools climae IMG_3207gave speeches, and the Sierra Club handed out free apples. There was also a picture of the Pope, who has made climate change one of his concerns; and also a group of Bernie Sanders supporters, handing out Bernie 2016 cards. "Here's a presidential candidate who gets it: We only have one planet," the card reads.





In today's Buffalo News and, my colleagues and I have stories on Councilman Franczyk blasting a Manhattan law firm apparently stirring up unwarranted concern over what will happen to them if a new football stadium is built in their neighborhood, and  also a story on the latest city murder. Look in the weekend editions for a story we did on Council President Pridgen's reaction to my colleague Sandra Tan's story about shortcomings in the current system for notifying residents where registered sex offenders live in Buffalo.

City Hallways needs to take a few days off. Going off the grid Monday. I hope to be back by Thursday.

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