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City Hallways (June 1): Can you guess what this is?

Inquiring minds wanted to know

A buddy of mine spotted several of these thingamajigs when she was out and about one day and wondered what they are.

So I set out to get an answer.

Here's a clue: this object can be found all over Buffalo, and you’ve probably seen one yourself.

Here's another hint: It also comes in black and in red.

Give up?

It's a curb mat for visually impaired people, said Steven Stepniak, commissioner of public works.

You can find them at curb ramps that are requirements of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) for better mobilization for wheelchairs.

But when the ramps were installed it created a dilemma for visually impaired persons, according to the ADA website.

Without something to indicate the end of a sidewalk, it can be difficult for visually impaired persons to realize they were about to step out onto the street.

The curb mat is a tactile way for visually impaired people to navigate from the end of a sidewalk to the roadway and vice versa.

Walking canes can detect the small domes on the mat.

And they also can be felt underfoot.

The 'real' Buffalo

Common Council President Darius G. Pridgen wasn't pleased that an annual tour for freshmen Buffalo Bills players didn't include stops in more of the city's neighborhoods.

"I am sure that some of the Buffalo Bills and others who come to our community and are not aware of what our community has to offer would like to know the REAL places to go that represent Buffalo," Pridgen wrote in a Facebook post.

So he asked his social media followers to list places that the rookie Bills players should visit, including eateries, places to get haircuts, the dry cleaners, attractions from ALL areas of the city.

Here's more of what Pridgen had to say:

Calendar item

The city’s Preservation Board meets at 3 p.m. today in room 901.

Agenda items include a public hearing on a request to demolish a detached garage in the West Village Historic District.

Also board members were notified that the state’s Board for Historic Preservation will consider two properties for nomination on the National Register of Historic Places.

One is the Delaware Avenue Baptist Church located at 965 Delaware Ave.

The other is the Linde Air Products Factory.

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