Category: Buffalo News

Preservation Board votes could threaten two city reuse projects

By Jonathan D. Epstein

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Plans by two developers to tear down and reuse properties in downtown Buffalo for larger projects suffered minor setbacks last week, after the city Preservation Board recommended that the city deny the necessary permits for Ellicott Development Co. and Iskalo Development Corp.

The votes do not automatically kill the developers’ requests or plans, since the board’s actions are not binding on properties that are not local landmarks or part of historic districts. But they could influence the final decisions by city officials, potentially delaying or derailing any projects.

As case proceeded without him, landlord sold houses where 29 children suffered lead poisoning

By Patrick Lakamp*

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This rental home at 952 Northampton St. in Buffalo is one of three that will be put into a receivership after its owner abandoned the properties over a year ago. This house and the other houses at 78 Deshler St. and 610 Adams St. are part of a court case in which the property owner was sued by the state Attorney General’s Office for lead paint violations at over 60 homes.

Another Voice: Brown and his party disrespect the tenets of Democracy

By Beth Kwiatek

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Byron Brown’s write-in campaign and the Democratic Party’s lack of support and protection for India Walton reflect a dangerous and growing trend within our nation: the subversion of democratic rule. Alarmingly, they have disguised those actions, including Brown’s behavior before and after the primary, as political strategies.

Another Voice: Education, not guilt, is the focus of Critical Race Theory

By Beth Kwiatek

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CRT and whiteness studies argue that racism is not the consequence of the actions of individual racists, but that racism is embedded in the systems of our nation: legal, economic, education, religious and political. These systems all purport the myth of equality, but operate in a way that has always benefited whites and continues to do so.

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