Archive for July, 2008

Richardson Olmsted Complex

Tuesday, July 22nd, 2008

Dreamtown architecture news:

The Richardson Center Corporation mission is rehabilitation to the highest standards, creating a mixed-use, multi-purpose civic campus of public and private activities.

It certainly is a distinctive place. I thought this was kind of funny:

The former Buffalo State Asylum for the Insane was a state-of-the-art facility when it was built, starting in 1870 and completed almost 20 years later.

A state-of-the-art facility for insane people? Could they really tell the difference? Just sayin’…

Water taxis?

Friday, July 11th, 2008

This is kind of cool:

It is based on designs from 1901, but the White Electra might just be the future of boating on the Buffalo waterfront.

The 28-foot electric boat is the prototype for a fleet of electric water taxis envisioned for the waterfront…

Wynne said he envisions a water taxi service that would travel from Grand Island to the harbor and help revitalize the waterfront.

How about a ferry service that included other stops along the rivers? A whole new way to get people downtown. Interesting…

Erie Canal Harbor: It’s more official

Friday, July 4th, 2008

The newly restored Erie Canal Harbor officially opened on Wednesday. The politicians were out in full force: Sens. Schumer and Clinton, Gov. Paterson, Mayor Brown, Rep. Higgins. And they had, of course, a beautiful day for it. (See photos here.)

There are still some issues, like parking and restrooms, but things are happening and it’s looking good for Dreamtown.