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City Hallways (Feb.5) State of the City Day

Heading to the Convention Center

I remember last year's State of the City, circa 2015, the first one I've  ever attended. It  reminded me  of the city's version of a red-carpet affair.  Sort of a see-and-be- seen event,  with corporations and law firms buying up tables. I remember a slide show, or possibly a video; student entertainment, and then, of course, lunch was served at some point before the speech. I also remember what seemed like a receiving line at the end of the event, with lots of people waiting for their chance to talk with Mayor Brown.

That was Year 9 of the Brown Administration. I remember the speech well. It focused on inclusion, the need for Buffalo's growing prosperity to reach all peoples, all neighborhoods of the city.

We'll see today what the Year 10 speech brings at this year's State of the City. Speech is set for about 12:30 p.m. at  the  Convention Center.  Big crowd is expected. More than the 1,200 who came last year.   I'm going to get there a little early, and tweet out from there. I have advance story on the speech in today's Buffalo News and on

Don't miss out. Vote today (but only if you haven't already)

Final day to vote in the City Hallways presidential straw poll. Don't miss your chance to be heard.  You can vote in the Democratic and/or  GOP primaries. But  please only one ballot per person. We know Democrat Martin O'Malley and Republicans Mike Huckabee and Rand Paul dropped out in recent days, but we're keeping them on the ballot since  they were running when our poll started Monday morning.

Results posted Monday along with the inaugural City Hallways podcast explaining what the results may mean.

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Linwood Ave news

I stopped in the city Preservation Board meeting Thursday to hear Tim Sick's latest plans for the undersized lot he owns on Linwood Avenue, corner of W. Delavan.  It was  much different than Sick's past encounters with the board. Very sedate.

Sick came with an architect this time, who helped him design a  double townhouse. Each house would be two-stories high, and 1,000- square feet, plus basements.

Tim Sick, right, at Preservation Board meeting, The project architect is on the left.

Tim Sick, right, at Preservation Board meeting, The project architect is on the left.

The Preservation Board seemed much more agreeable to the plan than to any of Sick's past proposals for a single-story 1,000-square foot micro house with garage.  No decision was made, however, Thursday. This was more of an informational meeting Sick requested to see if he was on the right track. Preservation board members made suggestions, and Sick said he'll incorporate their ideas when the plan is brought back to the board, probably later this month.

Also attending the meeting Thursday was Sandy Hodala, who lives at 726 Linwood, in a house that would be seven-feet away from the back of the house Sick is building.
Hodala didn't speak during Thursday's session, but has previously opposed Sick's plan to build on the undersized lot next to her home.


Neighborhood News: Planning Board Monday

Here's a few agenda  items:

*Construction of a container house at 71-73 Louisiana St.  Here's a story on the proposal my colleague Jonathan Epstein wrote.

* Renovation of St. Clare's school into 11 market-rate  apartments with first-floor commercial space with parking.

*Deep South Taco restaurant, 1707 Hertel, renovation addition, patio and outdoor TV screen.

*Sweet Pea Market, 226-238 High St

*Workforce Training Center, 683 Northland


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