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City Hallways (March 14) Not a bad morning commute

A little slippery

It wasn't a bad ride into downtown Buffalo from my North Buffalo home this morning.

I spotted the Mayor's Impact Team clearing snow from sidewalks under the viaduct at Parkside and Linden.

Lots of cars backed up on the Scajaquada at the 33 East entrance.

And roads were a little slippery.

But otherwise, the morning commute was fine. Not many cars on the roads.

I had the radio on and listened to County Executive Mark Poloncarz questioning why so many school districts closed today.

Brown travels to Chicago, talking water

Mayor Byron Brown traveled to Chicago on Tuesday for an urban waterways forum hosted by Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel. Some 17 mayors from the United States and around the world discussed how different cities use their waterways to enhance urban life.

“A lot of best practices were discussed today. And I will go back to the City of Buffalo with a lot of ideas for how we can move the economic development that we’re seeing in our city forward along water-dependent and water-involved uses,” Brown was quoted as saying in the Chicago Sun Times.

Also following the forum, Emanuel was quoted blasting President Trump's proposal to cut funding for the Great Lakes Restoration Initiative.

Such a move, he said, would make Lake Michigan bad again — reminding him of his childhood experiences.

"You’d have to run into the water, dive under the dead fish, hold your breath, swim all the way — 20, 30, 40, 50 feet — (in a way that) tested your lungs, and then come up past that,” Emanuel was quoted as saying.

Similar concerns have been expressed — but not necessarily in such vivid terms — in Buffalo regarding the impact of the Trump move on Lake Erie.

Changing times; changing lines

More from that conversation with Comptroller Mark Schroeder.

When reporter Deidre Williams and I met with Schroeder the other day, he showed us a copy of the original City Charter, dated 1927.

I took this photo of the 1927 Council District map to compare with the current Council lines.

And here's the current lines. For political junkies and other students of redistricting and gerrymandering, there's so much to consider.

Today's calendar items

  • Council Civil Service and Finance committee meetings in  the morning, followed by Community Development and Legislation in the afternoon.

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