The editorial mavens in The Buffalo News Opinion section want more cow bell Canal Side:
- Old treasures, new uses - Buffalo News Editorial Two things are true about the historic DL&W train shed at the foot of Main Street. One, this unique and cavernous riverfront structure needs to play a prominent role in planning for the Canal Side projects. It is too well-located, too useful and too distinctive a building to ignore. Two, while it is premature to eliminate other options, the idea of devoting the shed to museum space is both intriguing and attractive. [Terminal trains keen eye on future - Buffalo News, 8/10/10] The possibility should be carefully investigated, both for existing museums and also for the proposed Great Lakes museum that was once to be part of a Bass Pro development. The goal should be to ensure that the site will incorporate a visitor attraction worthy of the building, and not just provide random cultural institutions with a home.
- What you can do to get in the debate . . . Learn: Visit the Canal Side Web site, www.eriecanalharbor.com, to view documents, drawings and maps. Search The Buffalo News online at www.buffalonews.comfor Canal Side stories, commentary and coverage, or to view a computer-generated “Buffalo’s Waterfront Reimagined” video by UB’s Center for Computational Research. Buffalo Harbor Bridge studies are online at www.buffaloharborbridge.com. Voice your opinion: Comment via the newest channel, Mayor Byron W. Brown’s Citizen Waterfront Forum. Click on the forum’s Canal Side button on the city’s Web site, city-buffalo.com or wwww.ci.buffalo.ny.us/Home, or call the city’s 311 information center. Comments will be included in the mayor’s report to Canal Side leaders in mid-September. Write: Join the issues discussion by posting a comment on this topic in our Matters of Opinion blog at www.buffalonews.comor at the end of the Web version of this editorial, or write a letter of up to 300 words to the editor for possible publication on our op-ed page (e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org mail to Everybody’s Column, The Buffalo News, P. O. Box 100, Buffalo, NY, 14240).
But here's something to feel good about, even if it does involve spending public money. - Playing a cheerful tune Buffalo’s secret history may not be a secret for much longer thanks to the city’s decision to provide $300,000 toward a museum in the Colored Musicians Club.... The city made a smart and appropriate decision to provide $300,000 toward the museum. With the city’s long-dormant waterfront finally awakening, and access to the outer harbor improving, more visitors can be expected in the downtown area. It will be a fine thing to finally be able to show off to those people the fascinating, if no longer secret, history of Buffalo’s African-American population.
-- George Pyle/The Buffalo News [Photo:Members of The Joe Baudo Big Band rehearse at the Colored Musicians Club, by Robert Kirkham/Buffalo News.]