With effort, patience market will be reborn
A recent letter writer referred to the Broadway Market as a corpse. He obviously was not aware of Common Council Member David Franczyk’s letter in which we learned that the market and the East Side are on the upswing, with residents and activists, such as the Friends of the Broadway Market, working feverishly to improve it. Franczyk mentioned that the mayor and Council recently committed more than $500,000 for a new commercial kitchen and floor improvements.
The market’s manager, Kathy Peterson, organizes weekly events that bring people into the market year-round. The neighborhood where the market is located, which is a 10-minute drive from downtown, needs new life. Of help in this situation is the improvement of the Adam Mickiewicz Library & Dramatic Circle, Buffalo’s oldest continually running theater. Torn Space Theater has received hundreds of thousands of dollars for improvement. The churches in the neighborhood of the market – St. Stanislaus, Corpus Christi, St. John Kanty and St. Casimir – are comparable to the cathedrals in Europe, which many people travel miles and miles to visit.
When will Western New Yorkers begin to appreciate all the East Side has to offer? The market needs to stay exactly where it is. With time and patience, we will see the market and East Side reborn.