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City Hallways (Feb. 2) When green is blue is green

I happened to be driving through Marine Towers one recent morning, and spotted a garbage truck picking up both blue trash and green recycling totes at the Buffalo Municipal Housing Authority development, and tossing everything in the same garbage truck.

I saw a BMHA staffer on the grounds, and asked about it. He told me tenants often mix garbage in with recycling, so any green tote out with the trash that morning was contaminated by garbage, and therefore treated as trash. He told me recycling would be picked up separately later in the week. There's a recycling pick-up every other Friday,  a BMHA official told  me.recyclingFullSizeRender

“The BMHA is striving to educate its residents on basic recycling practices and the environmental benefits,"  BMHA  Executive Director Dawn Sanders-Garrett. said. "There is a learning curve to making recycling a part of their garbage routines.We’ll continue to hold educational events and reminding our residents recycling is not optional.”

Responded one resident and recycling advocate: "BMHA will blame everything on the residents....Some  I  am  sure are  causing problems,  but  picking up recycling every other week, leaving it outside for anyone to come off the street, go through totes and pull out bottles, of course it is going to be contaminated."


History lesson - 448 Delaware Ave.

Fillmore Councilman Dave Franczyk is proposing an historic marker be placed at 448 Delaware Ave., the mansion built in 1876 for Robert Borthwick Adam, founder of the former AM&A's  (Adam, Meldrum & Anderson) retail stores.  He's suggesting the mansion be identified as the "Adam House."

Since Franczyk teaches history at Buffalo State when he's not in City Hall,  I figured it would be worth reading - and sharing - Franczyk's resoluation on the house as a sort of history lesson. Turns out there's plenty of history to the house, including the fact that it was used as a funeral home after Adam's death in 1904. It was last purchased in 1998 by TRM Architect, founded by Thomas historicFullSizeRenderRobert Moscati, who renovated the property, which currently houses professional offices, including the architectural  firm. (Mostcati died last year.)

The Adam House, Franczyk wrote, is a symbol of "the great prosperity seen in the city during the 19th and 20th centuries."

City Hallways-style caucus

The Iowa Caucus is over (it is, right? Cruz won, Hillary squeaked out a fraction of a victory?). The New Hampshire primary is a week away. The City Hallways presidential straw poll, meanwhile, continues all week.  Make sure you vote if you haven't already. Pick your favorite Democrat and/or Republican candidate. Results to be announced  Monday. Only  one ballot per person please.

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Happening  today

Common Council meeting this afternoon.

Community meeting  5:30 p.m. at North Buffalo Community Center on Deep South Taco planned for  Hertel/Starin corner .

Also, it's Ground Hog Day.


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