Archive for February, 2014

Water Mains

Monday, February 24th, 2014

An interesting article in this weekend’s Buffalo News about the high cost of repairing the century-old water mains in Erie County this winter. With the extremely cold weather we’ve had, most of the local water authorities are seeing twice as many breaks as usual.

Our entire area is serviced by gas lines, sewer lines, water mains, and other public infrastructure that’s a hundred or more years old. And nobody’s even planning to replace and upgrade this stuff; it’s all just break-fix to keep it together for another year. As in so many things, we’re living with the infrastructure that our great-grandparents built. Let’s hope it doesn’t all start failing at once.

I-81

Tuesday, February 18th, 2014

Syracuse, our somehow even snowier neighbor to the east, is having an interesting argument about Interstate 81 — should it stay or should it go? This mirrors the discussions about the Skyway here in Buffalo, the Inner Loop in Rochester, the Robert Moses Parkway in Niagara Falls, and the other urban freeways that were installed to enable suburban existence at the expense of the cities themselves.

It will be interesting to see what they do.

Packard

Thursday, February 13th, 2014

How much would you pay for an abandoned auto plant? Forty acres of abandoned factory in the middle of Detroit?

How about $405k?

New Stadium

Tuesday, February 11th, 2014

Governor Cuomo has empaneled a committee to come up with a plan for building a new stadium for the Buffalo Bills. Interestingly, the committee includes Mayor Brown (Buffalo), Mayor Dyster (Niagara Falls), and former Mayor Duffy (Rochester). I guess Rob Ford wasn’t invited to attend.

I wonder how many hundreds of millions of additional taxpayer dollars will be thrown at this project. Meanwhile, most of the roads around here look like they’ve been subjected to extended mortar fire. Good priorities, people.

Worst Ride Of The Year

Monday, February 10th, 2014

“This year’s Bad Weather Bicycle Ride has been cancelled due to weather.”

That sounds about right.