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The NY Times' take on medical campus growth

In case anyone missed it, the New York Times had an article in Tuesday's paper on the development taking place on the Buffalo Niagara Medical Campus.

The News has reported on this growth extensively over the years, most recently in this June article, but this was an opportunity for local officials to tell their story to a national audience.

When I start reading any Times article about Buffalo, I brace myself for references to our fading industrial heritage, our population decline and our Rust Belt status.

Lines like this one didn't disappoint:

"Almost half of those projects are part of the medical campus, which is bordered east to west by Main Street and Michigan Avenue, and north to south by North and Goodell Streets. A decade ago, the parcel was a smattering of shuttered brick warehouses and manufacturing buildings, weed-scattered parking lots and deteriorated turn-of-the-20th-century housing. It was, in short, 20 square blocks that fit right in to the rest of Buffalo."

But overall, the piece was accurate and fair. I'd just add two thoughts:

  • The article leaves the impression that there was nothing medical on the medical campus until Hauptman-Woodward Medical Research Institute opened its new building in 2006. There's no reference to Buffalo General Hospital or Roswell Park Cancer Institute
  • It also refers to the planned construction of the $40 million, 142,000-square-foot "Roswell Park Cancer Institute." Now, Roswell Park is constructing this building. But this phrasing leaves the impression that it's a new home for the institute when, in fact, it would be a Clinical Sciences Center.

-- Stephen T. Watson


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