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City Hallways (Feb. 27): A ride down Jefferson Ave.

A view from the street

With all the focus lately on Jefferson Avenue, I decided to take a ride down the road.

I went from William to Main.

I passed the recently completed Bellamy Commons apartments, an eye-catching firehouse, a Tops Market and lots of houses the city has helped build over the years.

I also passed a partially vacant marketplace the city once subsidized.

And there's plenty of vacant lots and boarded-up buildings.

The latest plans for Jefferson include some $20 million in infrastructure improvements (if state funds come through) as well as additional apartments and a health care facility.

The mayor's race: This coming Sunday is when City Comptroller Mark Schroeder plans to announce he's running for mayor.

"On March 5th, there will be a new vision for Buffalo," says the event announcement posted on Schroeder's Facebook page.

Here's a link to a story I did for today's Buffalo News and on money in the mayor's race.

Mayor returns to City Hall

Mayor Brown - who is chairman of the state Democratic Party - is expected back in his office day, following his trip to Altanta for the Democratic National Committee chairmanship vote.

As he usually does, Brown designated Corporation Council Tim Ball to act on his behalf during his absence.

Today's calendar items

Planning Board meets 4 p.m.

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