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July 2017

Scajaquada Cultural Coalition Extends a Hand to DOT

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IN FEBRUARY 2016, THE BUFFALO OLMSTED PARKS CONSERVANCY RECEIVED A CALL FROM THE OFFICE OF A STATE LEGISLATOR WITH A HISTORY OF SUPPORT FOR EFFORTS TO DOWNGRADE THE SCAJAQUADA EXPRESSWAY.

That night there would be a public meeting at Buffalo State where New York’s new Department of Transportation (DOT) commissioner, Matt Driscoll, would announce DOT’s plan to remake the park-scarring highway. Read More

Local students leave lasting mark on Buffalo Prep

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BUFFALO PREP CELEBRATES GROWTH; GIVES BACK TO COMMUNITY

On Friday, more than 220 Buffalo Prep students participated in the first “Buffalo Prep Goes Green” event, which involved planting a commemorative tree at the site of the organization’s future home on the University at Buffalo south campus. Read More

Where did all the cannons go?

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THIS COLUMN IS ABOUT THE PARROTT NAVAL RIFLES THAT ONCE STOOD GUARD AT BUFFALO’S PARKS, CIRCLES AND SQUARES. I THOUGHT IT WOULD BE EASIER — WHO KNEW CANNONS COULD BE SO COMPLICATED?

Parrott rifles are so named because of the rifling of the cannon barrel. The spiral cuts in the interior of the barrel added spin to the projectiles, which made them more accurate than smooth bore cannons. The projectile itself was the pointed shape of modern artillery shells, spelling the eventual end of cannonballs as ammunition. So these can accurately be called either rifles or cannons. Read More

Restoration plans for Olmsted’s Arboretum blossoming

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IT IS GOING TO BE A LONG ROAD TO RESTORE FREDERICK LAW OLMSTED’S ARBORETUM IN BUFFALO’S SOUTH PARK – PERHAPS 20 YEARS – BUT PLANS ARE MOVING FORWARD.

Originally designed in 1894, the 155-acre park anchored by the Buffalo & Erie County Botanical Gardens now has a Boston-based landscaper working on a feasibility study of the restoration project. Kyle Zick of Kyle Zick Landscape Architecture led an informational meeting on the his plan at the Tosh Collins Center Tuesday evening. Read More