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Category: elmwood

04/12/13 07:07 - ID#57509

Rain Gardens? On Elmwood

I hope they end up looking nicer than this. It seems like too much of the year is crappy weather for something like this to succeeed

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08/28/12 12:23 - ID#56712

Elmwood Art Festival

My picture and her picture of the sixth dimension.

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10/31/11 10:35 - ID#55418

Dry Ice on Elmwood

There was this big chunk of dry ice in a puddle on elmwood. The water around it was so frozen. I wonder how it got lost.

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08/25/10 11:50 - ID#52570

Tightrope Walker on Bidwell

When I first saw this guy I thought he was floating in the air. On closer inspection I realized that he was instead a tightrope walked.

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On a creepier note, when trying to pick out the bidwell location on the map...



...firefox on my desktop computer was able to guys my location by 21 feet.

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Category: elmwood

03/04/09 09:32 - ID#47941

Dream about elmwood ave design

Last night before I went to sleep (e:matthew) told me about how elmwood enacted a design standard. I totally think thats great and support it. However, somehow in my dream it turned into some really grotesque, ultra modern, turqouise and blue, chunky plastic disaster. The bright blue was to represent the old blue neon lights on the tops of some of the buildings along the strip and the brown plastic was supposed to represent brick I think. It looked kind of like Room brown and blue meets 60s plastic future on the moon and had the same sheen as if it was made out of legos.

None of the parking lots were up front though.

I wish I had time to model what I am talking about.

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04/20/08 05:10 - ID#44068

elmwood cameras part two

So I have been trying to think of a way to make the buffalo police observation cameras (e:paul,44064) less hateable. What if instead of having to have auditors of their use and abuse, they just dump all the live feeds to the web. That way everyone can see what the police are looking at and it keeps it more legit. I mean if they are so understaffed with people to view the cameras, this would also create a larger net of people watching the data being gathered.
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04/20/08 11:22 - ID#44064

Eyes In The Elmwood Skies

Well I am feeling better enough to start hating again. This article is why I now officially hate Queenseyes, Newell Nussbaumer of Buffalo Rising, and his vision of the city. If you are reading this, don't feel too special, I hate a lot of things. I cannot believe he wrote that article applauding the surveillance cameras being put up and down Elmwood. I guess at this point there are three but it surely is a sign that more are to come. I thought they were bad enough on Main Street but Elmwood?

What is the next step? A gated community where the suburbanistas use a chips implanted in their arm to get into what used to be an interesting and diverse neighborhood. I don't think our long term freedom is worth attracting more suburban customers to your upscale dining facilities and niche stores. Let them stay on Transit. What is going on with Elmwood? Is the crime really that bad? I doubt it is a terrorist target. The cameras sure make it seem that way. Nothing screams high crime neighborhood more than surveillance cameras on the street.

What exactly triggers a camera watching police officers to take to the street and check out the scene. Maybe a black man talking to a white woman at night time - is that what is next. Maybe two gay guys holding hands that make the suburbanite shoppers uncomfortable. That is the problem. It doesn't prevent any crime, it can't make you any safer, it just makes it easier to catch a perpetrator later and that frankly doesn't help you very much if you are being raped which brings me back to who is getting raped on Elmwood?

Does no one see the disgusting freedom eroding potential of these cameras. Maybe not right now, but times change and laws change and once the cameras are implanted they become acceptable features of the urban landscape. If they ever planted one of these out front of my house I would move out of the city to the country or suburbs where I was not under video surveillance. To make it really scary they should just put up a video screen with giant police eyes looking back the other way.

My question is WWe:DD - what would (e:drew) do - now that you are on the elmwood board what is your feeling on these cameras? Did you guys vote on this or did the police just bring them in. As to what am I going to do. I am going to spend all my lifestyle attributable expendable income elsewhere and boycott shopping on Elmwood while I see how this develops.

I am glad to see most of their commentors disagree with his article. Maybe he only knows how to write positive reviews of everything.

I love this comment from their site.

I counter with ...bring 'em on. The more the better. If we can't have a cop on every block to nab thugs, vandals, litter bugs, etc., then I'll settle for eyes in the skies. If you've ever been to Singapore the place is totally safe and spotless. Like a dream. If you're not doing anything illegal, what's to fear. by UrbanBody of Buffalo Rising



To bad being gay and chewing gum are both illegal in singapore. For that fact I refuse to capitalize their name.

I think the most important comments on their site are these two:

The city has never described any protections on how the cameras are used, or abused. These cameras have incredibly far range and quality. What would prevent someone from aiming the camera into the window of an apartment bedroom? by 300 Miles of Buffalo Rising



We used to live right on elmwood, if there were cameras in light posts outside our bedroom windows they could easily be pointed inside with no problem. Who is to prevent this type of abuse. Is there an auditing committee?

The city is in over their heads and running a half assed operation. They are installing 100+ more cameras and do not even have a staff monitoring the ones that have been in place. I know many with the BPD and was told on the busier nights there are 2 people monitoring all of these cameras- do the math "slow nights" the monitoring room lays empty- waste of money as urbanesque stated "These are a poor substitute for 'feet on the street' police patrols and community policing. " that about sums it up by dbpflo of Buffalo Rising



So no one is even watching them. What is the point then.
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02/05/08 07:33 - ID#43198

A message from a guest

Someone sent me this message today and I thought I would share it with you all.

Wow I couldn't believe this. Last year Christmas 2006 I had to pick my son up in Buffalo. On the way to Lexington Ave. to pick him up I had to go to the Bathroom. I at the time was 58 years old and was really in need of a restroom. I stopped at the Wilson Farms because it was open. They would not let me use their facilities on Christmas and sent me to the BlockBuster across the street. Unfortunately BlockBuster wouldn't let me use their facilities either. Thank God for Brinks. My only regret is that I didn't buy a round of drinks for the good people there that were very welcoming on Christmas.



I think maybe it was in reference to (e:news,29677) from back in 2003 but actually I have no idea.
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11/30/07 10:33 - ID#42349

Other Stuff

We ate at JP Bull Feathers in the basement for lunch. For some reason I never eat there, but it was quite tasty.
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The elmwood sign almost blew off in the wind storm
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I had to work so hard to not take it home. I left it up to whip off and kill some one. Which was really the moral choice?
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This on is for (e:leetee) in regards to her comment on (e:paul,42336). Does my back look straighter?
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I think I should just write in my journal more. It makes me happier. Thanks guys.
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10/05/07 01:20 - ID#41507

More Shutdowns in the Elmwood Village

Just shortly after Sahara Grill closed down ;( , Elmwood Bagels closed down too. I went there this afternoon for a sandwich and there was a sign saying thanks for being loyal customers they enjoyed there time in the elmwood village but had to close. I wonder if they are moving somewhere else. You think they would have a forwarding address if that was the case.
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