March 01, 2017

Special 26.2-mile Buffalo Marathon tour set for May 27th

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Once again, The Campaign for Greater Buffalo is conducting a special Open-Air Autobus tour that covers the route of the annual Buffalo Marathon. Although focusing on runners and their friends and families, the tour is open to the general public. It is an ideal way to scout the route, fix landmarks and distances in your mind, and learn a little bit of the history and architecture of the city. While it has never been used, the bus has a roll-down, see-through roof in case of rain.

The cost is $40 per person in advance, plus convenience fee, and $50 at the curb. Seating is limited to the first luck 46 people to sign up, so you'd best do it today! Call 716-440-3691 today to charge by phone, or click on the button to pay now.

Marathon tour seats

More info on our handy flyer: Download Marathon poster 2017

Marathon flyer 2017

 

Posted on March 1, 2017 at 11:39 AM | Permalink

September 22, 2016

Campaign Plan for Outer Harbor Released; gains support.

Outer Harbor Tent & Ferry


Tim Tielman, Campaign for Greater Buffalo Executive Director and principal of neighborhood designers Place Advantage, rolled out an Outer Harbor Plan for 2017 before an audience of over 120 people on September 14. The plan had gained the enthusiastic support of Congressman Brian Higgins and Assemblyman Sean Ryan, as well as The Buffalo News. 

Check out the story in the Buffalo News:

http://live.buffalonews.com/2016/09/08/new-proposal-for-outer-harbor-is-lighter-quicker-and-cheaper/

http://www.buffalonews.com/opinion/buffalo-news-editorials/latest-proposal-for-the-outer-harbor-should-at-least-spark-renewed-effort-20160909

Download the abbreviated plan here, and voice your support! Download Buffalo Outer Harbor Plan

 

Posted on September 22, 2016 at 04:16 PM | Permalink

September 09, 2016

Media Update: Campaign's waterfront plan endorsed!

http://www.buffalonews.com/opinion/buffalo-news-editorials/latest-proposal-for-the-outer-harbor-should-at-least-spark-renewed-effort-20160909

Posted on September 9, 2016 at 12:26 PM | Permalink

Media Update: Campaign's waterfront plan on Page One in Buffalo News!

http://live.buffalonews.com/2016/09/08/new-proposal-for-outer-harbor-is-lighter-quicker-and-cheaper/

Posted on September 9, 2016 at 12:18 PM | Permalink

September 06, 2016

Drill Deep with September 2016 Tours on the Open-Air Autobus!

September is the season for great in-depth tours of the Buffalo for architectural and history aficionados and the people who love them. 

We start off with a well-researched, revealing and fun tour of 1950's suburbia given by Campaign for Greater Buffalo Executive Director Tim Tielman. Download his paper How Green Were My Acres: Builders, Designers, and Buyers in an Atomic Age Suburb, 1946-1956. Download Tielman, Green Acres narrative 2 That tour departs from in front of the Plaka Restaurant on Delaware Avenue in Kenmore. A monument to 1960's design, it was formerly Watson's Restaurant (the candy store is still operating next door as Watson's). Before that, it was the Alcobar. Have breakfast there beforehand or lunch afterwards. Or both!

The next day, Sunday the 11th, city planner Chris Hawley, who may know more about the Belt Line Railroad and its adjacent neighborhoods and industries than anyone, is leading a tour of this fascinating wonder that continues to operate today.

Download the September Schedule: 

Download 2016 Sept tour tab UPDATED

 

Posted on September 6, 2016 at 10:23 AM | Permalink

July 05, 2016

The 10th Season of the Buffalo Open-Air Autobus is Underway! Explore Buffalo with entertaining experts who give the Buffalo tours to end all Buffalo tours!

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Click on the link to view or download the 2016 schedule for the Buffalo Open-Air Autobus. Simply the best, most fun, most informative explorations of Buffalo available to mortals. Every Saturday and Sunday in July, August, and September.

Weekdays and weekends through September we are also available for charter.

Download 2016 tour tabloid

Walk-ups are welcome, but seating is limited. You can mail us a check, stating the tours and number of seats you want (made out to The Campaign for Greater Buffalo, 14 Lafayette Square, suite 1425, Buffalo, NY 14203).

Better yet, call now to reserve: 716-854-3749. Have your bank card ready (a small fee applies). 

Or order online below, but do BOTH steps!


2-step Online Reservations Process (we do this to keep costs low and apply as much of your ticket price to our mission, historic preservation in Buffalo).

STEP ONE: If you want to order through Paypal, text us at 716-854-3749 or email us at FrontDesk@c4gb.org. Give us your name, the number of seats you want to purchase, the tour name, and date. Like this: "Hi, it's Pat Smith. I'm buying 3 seats for the Aug. 27 Whirlwind Tour." 

If you don't text us or email us, we have no idea of the date you want; when you hit the Paypal button, YOU LEAVE OUR WEBSITE and Paypal's system doesn't allow you to enter date info or get back to this page. Paypal only gives us your name and amount paid, nothing else.

STEP TWO: Tap the Paypal buttons below to select the type and number of seats you want. Paypal will send us a message confirming that you have paid.

Thank you! Thank you! Thank you!

 

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Posted on July 5, 2016 at 04:05 PM | Permalink

June 30, 2016

Campaign Acts to Protect the Law that Protects Landmarks

The Campaign for Greater Buffalo History, Architecture and Culture has filed a lawsuit in State Supreme Court challenging the Buffalo Common Council’s summary rejection of three landmark designation applications lon May 10th. The Campaign  complaint charges that the Council, as the City Code requires, must provide valid reasons for rejecting applications, and those must be according to the standards established by the City Code. 

 
The Campaign is also seeking an injunction against the demolition of the three properties in question, The Bachelor Apartment Building, the North Park Library, and the Pratt Street Industrial Heritage Area. Also named in the suit are the Ellicott Development Company and the Crosby Company. 
 
The case has been assigned to Judge Catherine Nugent Panepinto, and has been scheduled to be heard on July 21. The Campaign is monitoring all three sites and will seek a temporary restraining order if any demolition seems imminent before the case can be heard.
 
“In not addressing the merits of the Preservation Board’s decision, the Council is acting arbitrarily, and in a way that is harmful not only to the properties involved , but in a way that erodes public confidence in the Council’s ability to safeguard the city’s cultural resources,” said Tim Tielman, Executive Director of the Campaign. “There is no credible protection for a city’s historic resources if a council or an administration can take such arbitrary action. It utterly undermines the landmarks law and the Preservation Board. The Preservation Board exists to provide expert, objective decisions removed from politics or whimsy. Citizens will see the decisions as politically motivated, and the preservation process as just another system that can be gamed. We have no choice but to take action.”
 
The Bachelor Building  is an 1886 apartment building at Franklin and Tupper streets, designed by  Green &  Wicks, Buffalo’s most accomplished architectural firm.
 
The North Park Branch Library, at the corner of Delaware and Hertel avenues, is the work of prolific City Architect Howard Beck, who also deigned the grounds. 
 
The Pratt Street Industrial Heritage Area, at Pratt and William streets, includes buildings constructed for distilleries, malthouses, and the Crosby metal stamping company fro the mid-1800’s to the early 1900’s.
 
All are threatened with demolition, the Bachelor Building for a parking ramp, the Pratt Street buildings because of benign neglect, and the North Park Library for a retail building.

 

Posted on June 30, 2016 at 04:14 PM | Permalink

April 11, 2016

Urgent Landmark Hearings!

Landmark Hearings info sheet

Posted on April 11, 2016 at 02:18 PM | Permalink