See for yourself
I saw a reader comment posted on last week's story about Moselle Street sidewalks suggesting The Buffalo News publish pictures showing what the sidewalks looked like before the city began replacing them.
I did take some, and I'd say the reader is correct, the photos give context to Shannon Anderson's explanation of why she was walking in the street the day her baby was killed.
By the way, the sidewalk problem isn't just on Moselle. After Friday's press conference when Mayor Brown announced new sidewalks for Moselle Street, I road around the neighborhood. Sidewalks on some nearby streets are in good shape, but on parts of others - Kehr and Fougeron stand out in my mind - the sidewalks in front of vacant lots are as bad as or worse than on Moselle.
More sidewalks, says Assemblywoman
Mayor Brown on Friday said the city is repairing the Moselle sidewalks - a $100,000 job - with an additional $2.5 million Buffalo recently received for road and sidewalk improvements. Assemblywoman Crystal Peoples-Stokes secured $1.5 million of those funds funds.
A few hours after Friday's sidewalk announcement, I saw Brown and Peoples-Stokes in City Hall. They just returned from another press conference, this one to announce an update on Fruit Belt parking.
Brown said the $1.5 million Peoples-Stokes secured will be spent within in the assemblywoman's district, and that the city will defer to Peoples-Stokes on how the funds should be spent.
On sidewalks, Peoples-Stokes responded.
Having decent sidewalks, she said, is a quality -of-life issue.
Could be strangely quiet in City Hall this week, with both Mayor Brown and his deputy mayor, Betsey Ball, already in Philadelphia for the Democratic convention.
Others in City Hall will likely be going later in the week, getting there in time for Hillary Clinton's acceptance speech Thursday.
The Philly Files
The Buffalo News' Bob McCarthy and Jerry Zremski are in Philadelphia keeping up with all the political goings on for us.
Today's Calendar Items
Local party and event promoters invited to City Hall this afternoon by Council President Pridgen for a meeting on what they are planning in the Entertainment District.
Buffalo Fiscal Stability Authority meets this afternoon.
University Councilman Wyatt holding community meeting to update residents on tree removal at Shoshone Park. Meeting 5:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. at Gloria Parks Center, 3242 Main St.