Thursday, May 13, 2010

Proposal gives Horsefeathers new life

Karl Frizlen, president of Frizlen Group Architects, is looking to restore 346 Connecticut St., formerly known as Horsefeathers Architectural Antiques. He is in the process of restoring the building for the use of retail and living spaces. Frizlen is working to obtain historic tax credits to help him in this business venture. As part of the remodel he will be putting a bike rowing machine in to generate electricity to make the building more energy efficient. Full story.

City scrutinizes multiple-property owners

The city's permits and inspections division proposed a plan to hold property owners accountable for blighted properties on the West Side which may affect many of the historical buildings in the area. The plan would alter the process in which the city government enforces code violations. The Columbus Park Association, a community group which focuses on historic preservation in the Prospect Hill-Columbus Park district, said the plan is a step in the right direction.Full story.

Streetwear culture hub moves to Grant St.

For Krudmart clothing store, switching store locations from Elmwood Avenue to Grant Street was not a financial move, but one to “embrace an up and coming area” according to co-manager Erin Habes.
Habes' goal is to harness the culture of the West Side and incorporate her vision with Krudmart into it.
Krudmart features streetwear clothing including designs from local artists. It represents the culture of the surrounding area well and is cemented in its spot on Grant and is there to stay.
According to Habes, streetwear clothing is a culture within itself. “If you are into streetwear you know that you live and breathe this clothing,” she said. Full story

Tuesday, May 11, 2010

Lesser-known leaders making an impact

Community leaders are of great importance to their neighborhoods and those who live there. They serve as advocates for residents and help act as voices for those residents. However, it’s not always easy being a community leader. The responsibility and lack of political weight can be stressful at times, but these leaders continue their fight for a better tomorrow in their community. Full story.

Sunday, May 9, 2010

Golombek announces second swipe at Hoyt

North District Common Council Member Joseph Golombek Jr. has announced his decision to oppose Assemblyman Sam Hoyt for the second time in his quest for the 144th District seat.
Last time Golombek faced Hoyt the outcome was close with Hoyt winning by a mere 760 votes. According to local politicians and supporters, this year’s election is also set to be a tight race.
Three-hundred supporters gathered at the American Legion post on Amherst St to witness Golombek’s announcement, and cheered at his promise to “totally reform Albany” if elected. Full story.

Tuesday, May 4, 2010

Community gardeners springing into action

With spring just around the corner, the West Side can be an example of how a community and gardening organizations can beautify and enrich the city.
With workshops held almost every weekend by various organizations there is an opportunity for everyone to volunteer and learn about community gardening.
Susannah Barton, director of grassroots of Buffalo, is confident that gardening will continue to grow within the West Side and to other Buffalo areas. Full story.

Saturday, May 1, 2010

Housing service lifeline for homeowners

West Side Neighborhood Housing Services is an area organization that aids locals in the home buying and rehabilitation processes for purchases west of Main Street. The organization provides its patrons with the necessary knowledge needed to complete the often-gradual process.
Jolene Paller’s story is one of the many in the organization’s 30-year history. The former radio personality now speaks with homebuyers once they have completed their purchase and encourages them to get more involved with their community.
West Side Neighborhood Housing Services has become a lifeline for some living on the West Side. The organization’s impact reverberates through the individuals who were once apprehensive and lacked knowledge on the subject. Full story