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Click here to read a letter in today’s Albany Times Union. In somewhat related news, click here to read a New York Times story published yesterday about UB 2020. (Note the photo of Robert Shibley, pointing out the window toward McCarley Gardens, with the caption: “Robert G. Shibley, the architecture school’s dean, pointing to areas where the university could expand.”)

Shibley told us in November, 2009, that the acquisition of McCarley Gardens was not essential to implementing UB’s grandiose 2020 plan. A writer from the NY Times comes to town, and he’s right back to pitching the same old snake oil.

  • Peter A Reese

    What a dish water NY Times article! Why did they bother? Might just as well have reprinted a UB Believer flyer or something from Senator Mark Grisanti’s playbook. Same old story. Give us $5Bil and we’ll do great things is a smoke filled back room.

    So instead we’ll use another $35M as “a down payment on moving the Medical School”. Now there’s an idea which everyone can get behind. It’s on the lips and minds of everyone. We must move the Med School to revitalize all of western New York! Why not just put wheels under the Med School so we can move it somewhere different every 6 months? We are paying $650K/year for this kind of broken record leadership?

  • Jim Holstun

    I think this paragraph in Kaplan’s article captures the vision of UB 2020 just perfectly: “Where a drab low-income housing project now sits, leaders of the University at Buffalo, part of the State University of New York system, envision glass-and-steel biomedical buildings. They propose hiring hundreds of new professors and thousands of staff members. They imagine young researchers living in restored lofts, dining at street-side bistros and walking to work.”

    Wouldn’t it be terrible for those smart young eds’n’meds players in their lofts and bistros to look out and see a drab low-income housing project–peopled, no doubt, by old people, and the kinds of people who are, you know, not the sort you typically see in glass-and-steel biomedical buildings?

    It’s not because we don’t like them exactly. It’s just that they spoil the view.

    poor/aged/ethnic cleansing.

  • Kate

    I still say they should take the Trico building instead.

  • The Buffalo Niagara Medical Campus/UB already has the national landmark Trico building—most of it still languishing.

    Technically, the big Trico building was purchased by Buffalo Brownfield Restoration Corporation, which is related to Buffalo Urban Development Corporation and Erie County Industrial Development Corp.

    That was three and a half years ago.

  • Jim Holstun

    Amazing to think about all that property already bought and waiting for development. Just got back from lunch at Ulrich’s Tavern, and McCarley Gardens looks mighty fine today–a classic example of what urban planner/visionary architects mean when they start talking about “mixed use”: i.e., mixture of residential, business, restaurant and recreational. That way, we get rid of the blight of endless suburban developments, industrial parks, and malls, and create something liveable and diverse.

    So why the continuing compulsion to wreck this mixed use neighborhood–to evict the residents of McCarley Gardens and demolish their homes? Evidently SOME kinds of mixing are better than others.

    Amazing that UB should abscond from the city and suck so much money out of it and out into the suburbs, then come back to administer the coup-de-grace to a city neighborhood that has managed to hold on, even prosper.