UPDATE Dec. 30, 2017: When I originally posted this piece on 12/27, destruction of a dozen century-old buildings was still in progress at the southeast corner of Elmwood and Forest avenues. Each structure that was being destroyed was a contributing resource to the nationally listed “Elmwood Historic District (East).” [See SHPO’s 12-19-2016 letter] Prior to Chason Affinity’s commencement of demolition activities, the Elmwood Historic District was “highly intact” and proudly represented the City of Buffalo’s turn-of-the-twentieth-century economic, social and architectural zenith. I returned to the scene of destruction on December 29, and photographed the mud and mounds of rubble where two two-family residences had stood for a century on the south side of Forest Avenue between Elmwood and Granger Place. I wanted to capture the image of “the last house standing” – the double owned by my friend and former client, Sandra Girage, who has courageously fought alongside her neighbors to preserve the character of the neighborhood she loves. [I have added images of the Forest Ave. portion of Chason Affinity’s “devolution by design” at the end of this post.] In my opinion – as the attorney who, until the latest judicial challenge, represented the opponents to the series of project’s proposed for the southeast corner of Elmwood & Forest – the multi-year legal, political, and judicial steps that have led to this inexcusable tattering of the Elmwood Village’s historic urban fabric epitomize the broken nature of Buffalo’s zoning, land use, and environmental processes.
THE LAST HOUSE STANDING ON THE FOREST AVE. BLOCK THAT WAS 100% RESIDENTIAL PRIOR TO CHASON AFFINITY:
HERE’S WHAT’S COMING TO THE HISTORIC ELMWOOD VILLAGE:
With All Due Respect,
Art……what a bunch of crap you and your followers have spewed…….boooo hoooo……
Dear __________, Is there a reason that you’re hiding behind your anonymity? If you’d like to identify yourself, explain your comment, “Art……what a bunch of crap you and your followers have spewed…….boooo hoooo……“, and engage in an actual conversation regarding my posts concerning Chason Affinity’s approach to Elmwood/Forest, please get in touch. With All Due Respect, AJG
Art…..you only deserve respect if you are arguing truths. You haven’t told many as of now……
What is it like to not only lack the courage to identify yourself when you express an opinion, but also to lack the courage of your conviction when you claim someone else has not been telling “the truth”? identify yourself, tell me what I have expressed that you believe is not true, provide facts to support your view, and I will either correct my prior statement, or explain why I believe you are incorrect.