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FOLLOW UP: Other Cities Do It, Why Can't We?

FOLLOW UP: Other Cities Do It, Why Can't We?

UPDATE DECEMBER 29: The New York Times published a feature story on Monday saying that the city of Madrid, Spain has committed nearly $5 billion to cover a misbegotten, 1970s-era riverfront highway with a park. (That's a 5 followed by 9 zeros, folks.) The story has links to other projects, like Chicago's Millennium Park, that represent courage in the face of adversity to invest in the future of a city. At a mere $140,000,000 (which may well have been an inflated sum), Buffalo's Towpath Park would have been a bargain.

Agree? Disagree? What other projects could Buffalo take on to restore its vitality? Add your comments below.

Other Cities Do It, Why Can't We?

Other Cities Do It, Why Can't We?

The post-World War II highway construction boom that blasted its way through urban American neighborhoods in the latter half of the 20th century achieved its goal of streamlining automotive traffic, all right, but it had unintended consequences as well. Divided neighborhoods, urban flight, lost waterfront access, degraded quality of life -- all these ills have been blamed on the transportation miracle that tied America together in a ribbon of asphalt.

Winter Parking Bans in Your Town

Winter Parking Bans in Your Town

Amherst:

  • The Amherst Police would like to remind all citizens that the winter parking ban is now in effect. From November 1st until April 1st, there will be no overnight parking allowed on any Amherst street from 1 am to 7 am.

Cheektowaga:

  • The Cheektowaga Police would like to remind all citizens that the winter parking ban is now in effect. From November 1st until April 1st, there will be no overnight parking allowed on any Cheektowaga street from 1 am to 6 am. 

Clarence:

  • The Clarence Police would like to remind all citizens that the winter parking ban is now in effect.

National Grid and Buffalo Niagara Medical Campus Form Unique Energy Partnership

National Grid and Buffalo Niagara Medical Campus Form Unique Energy Partnership

 

National Grid and Buffalo Niagara Medical Campus Form Unique Energy Partnership to Transform Campus and Surrounding Neighborhoods into a Global Leader in Energy Innovation

 

  • Community stakeholders to be engaged in project development.
  • Retrofit of century-old home will demonstrate compatibility of modern energy use with preservation of historic structures.
  • Medical campus expected to grow to 12,000 employees, with increased energy needs.  Partnership will help manage usage through new technologies, training.

 

Ford Friendship Express Program Unveils its “Redesign”

Ford Friendship Express Program Unveils its “Redesign”

Applications now available for local nonprofits; Recipients to be announced at Buffalo Auto Show in February

BUFFALO, N.Y. – The Ford Dealers of Western New York just couldn’t wait to announce that applications are now available for the 2012 Ford Friendship Express program -- an annual program that provides “new wheels” to local nonprofit organizations in need of transportation.

“For nearly two decades, the WNY Ford Dealers have awarded new Ford vehicles to deserving organizations in our community,” said Scott Bieler, chairman, Ford Friendship Express selection committee.

Nearly 100 Members Join Higgins, Slaughter, Hochul, Reed in Fight for Action on Aviation Safety

Directive on Pilot Fatigue Now Two Months Overdue

Congressmembers Brian Higgins (NY-27), Jean Schmidt (OH-2), Louise Slaughter (NY-28), Kathy Hochul (NY-26), and Tom Reed (NY-29) are continuing to keep up the pressure on completion of a federal aviation safety rule, now over two months delayed, and nearly 100 members of the House of Representatives are joining them in pushing for the rule to directly address issues related to pilot fatigue.    

“We are now 963 days past the horrific crash of Flight 3407 and with each tick of the clock without new pilot fatigue rules in place thousands of lives are put at risk,” said Congressman Higgins.   “Together we are sending a strong message that we can’t afford to put flight safety on standby.”

The First Flight Out of Buffalo, 1847. A "Wise" Decision

The First Flight Out of Buffalo, 1847. A "Wise" Decision

   John Wise was The 19th century's, most successful and most famous aeronaut. “Coupled with his enthusiasm, generosity, and scientific curiosity, clearly marked him as the most distinguished and experienced of American aeronauts."   In the nineteenth century many ascensions were made just for the novelty of the event, but John Wise's approach was from a scientific perspective. Each ascension gave him a chance to conduct scientific investigations of the atmosphere, pneumatics and hydrostatics.  It also gave him the opportunity to develop a more advanced flying machine. Wise was the first to observe the "great river of air which always blows from west to east" in the higher regions of the atmosphere. Today we call this phenomenon the jet stream.  He also developed the ripcord safety mechanism, and in 1838 developed a balloon that would collapse into a parachute if deflated or ruptured in flight, testing It by rupturing his balloon at 13,000 ft.  and surviving the descent.  He promoted the advantages of balloon transportation. In 1843 he conceived a project for crossing the Atlantic Ocean and asked Congress to appropriate $15,000 for the project. Congress, however rejected the appropriation.  He is credited with the first U.S. airmail transportation in 1859.

   In 1847, John Wise brought his airship to Buffalo and made the first ever successful ascent from this City. It was also the first ever aerial observation of Niagara Falls and Buffalo.   This 1847 flight inaugaurated Buffalo's participation in aeronautical history. A second flight was made about a week later from the same location but ended quite differently than the first. Read that dramatic account following this story. 

  • ARRIVAL EXTRAORDINARY!   -  AT MORRIS'S GARDEN!  BALLOON ASCENSION   -  MR. JOHN WISE THE CELEBRATED AERONAUT

Takes this opportunity of informing the Ladies and Gentlemen of this city and vicinity, that he will, at the request of numerous citizen, make his 62nd Grand Atmospheric Voyage, on  Saturday Afternoon on July 31, 1847  between 3 and 4 o'clock, from Morris's Garden corner of Main and Tupper Streets

     The Capacity of this enormous vessel is Sixty-Five Thousand Gallons, and it requires for one inflation of Hydrogen gas, one thousand eight hundred pounds of sulphuric acid; one thousand five hundred pounds of iron, and twelve thousand pounds of water.  The method of generating hydrogen gas by the decomposition of Water, is of itself, an interesting and mysterious process;  Fifty-Five Thousand Gallons of which will be made and introduced into the Balloon under the immediate eye of the spectator.  During the process of inflation, Mr. W. will be pleased to answer any inquires regarding the nature and Philosophy of the same.