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City Hallways (July 18) Should Main Street medians come down?

Traffic safety, or traffic hazard?

After reading that a public meeting is scheduled for Wednesday to discuss the Main Street medians -- including whether they should be removed -- I drove up and down the road to check them out.

First, up Main Street from Hertel toward Kenmore Avenue.

Seems like motorists and, I'm guessing, snow plows must be driving into or over them.  I'd say at  least every other one in that direction -- going toward UB's South Campus -- looks a bit battered  and shattered.


In front of Sisters Hospital

Things at first seemed pretty much the same as I drove down Main from Hertel to Amherst Street, but then the state of the medians seemed to improve as I continued south toward Leroy.

But when I got to the section in front of Sister's Hospital, I noticed barrels drawing attention to and blocking the median there.

"My council office has  received numerous concerns from residents, organizations and businesses regarding  the medians in the  University District being a hazard to traffic and causing congestion," University Councilman Rasheed Wyatt is quoted as saying in the press release announcing the meeting.

That meeting  is from 5:30 to 7 p.m.  Wednesday at  the  Gloria Parks Center, 3242 Main St.

Joe Mascia court update
Originally scheduled for last week, the court session on Mascia's attempt to prove Mayor Byron Brown didn't have the authority to kick him off the BMHA board of commissioners was rescheduled  for Tuesday.

The postponement apparently was a lawyer scheduling conflict.

Neighborhood news
Zoning Board meets at 2 p.m. Wednesday.

Here are a few agenda items:

  • Outdoor cafe at side of restaurant at 451 Elmwood Ave.
  • Massage therapy use at 257 Carolina St.
  • Commercial truck storage facilit at 155 Sidway St.
  • 1,850-space parking garage at 854 Ellicott St.
  • Multi-family residential planned for 200 Niagara St. by Norstar Development.

Three hours in  Cleveland
Lots of news out of Cleveland's RNC convention in The Buffalo News. Here's one featuring Buffalo's own Carl Paladino and another featuring Rep. Chris Collins.

I got a quick glimpse of Cleveland over the weekend. I went for family reasons, nothing work or GOP convention related. But as long as we were in the Cleveland airport for a few hours, I took a few pictures.

Inside the terminal, the great bobble-heads for sale in the airport. Only a few Donald Trump ones were left when I was there, but plenty of Hillary Clinton were left.

Inside the Cleveland Airport terminal, bobble-head dolls for sale. Only a few Donald Trump ones left when I was there, but plenty of Hillary Clintons.

Today's calendar items

  • Mayor Brown, Rep. Brian Higgins and lots of other politicians are attending a ceremony this afternoon to mark the reopening of newly rehabilitated Ferry Street Bridge.
  • Council caucus to get ready for tomorrow's Council meeting

From Sunday's Buffalo News and, in case you missed  it, former Buffalo deputy mayor Steve Casey is talking to the FBI, multiple sources told The Buffalo News, confirming rumors that have been circulating for weeks.

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