MLK splash pad nearing completion

As of this point in time, work on the MLK basin is 90% complete, and The City is planning on opening the splash pad for this coming spring season. When complete, the splash pad will feature numerous water jets that will also be illuminated with LED lighting. The cutting edge technology will provide fun filled cooling elements for visitors and impressive lighting visuals for passersby. 
On top of the spray jets and colorful lighting, the splash pad walls have been cut down to a smaller height by The City, and the Olmsted Conservancy has added coping caps so that people can sit comfortably on top of the walls. Olmsted is also resetting the flights of stairs leading to the basin for safe access, and will be enhancing landscaping features at the entrances. 
As for nearby amenities, the MLK casino will be open year ’round in order to accommodate the splash pad in the warmer months and skating during the winter season. The City will be replacing the roof and addressing masonry repairs, while at the same time performing some spring cleaning, as in restroom facilities. 
The longterm goal is to reconstruct the French doors that look out onto the basin. It is also anticipated that there will eventually be a new café, locker rooms and restrooms, a concession stand and ice skating rentals. 
Tentative hours are scheduled for 11am to 7pm.
To learn more about the history of the project see BRO update from May, 2012, and history of the project from September 2011.

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whatever
whatever

davvid - my point wasn't saying anyone should ignore arsons or ignore any racial bias no matter where it happens, and I'm not saying anything is a myth.

It was about what looks to me as your attributing those disproportionately to Buffalonians (relative to residents of other places) based on a small number of anecdotal events to which you referred.

For example, if anybody had denied that Buffalo has some extreme racists among 260,000 residents - then of course it would've been responsive to that claim for you to cite an arson and/or attitudes of Buffalonians who you've met.

However, it looked to me that you went way farther in generalizing that Buffalonians are unusually bad in this regard - which looked to me not very different from GTO's generalizing based on him/her never having personally met anyone of a certain political view who aren't violent scumbags, and things UpAndComing said in various comments based on personal interactions or the shooting in Cheektowaga.

In all 3 cases, someone's comments relayed selected events and personal observations in ways which readers could interpret as negatively generalizing about many thousands of people in the groups being commented about - Buffalonians, conservatives, African-Americans.

Is there any big difference I'm overlooking in the analytical approaches all 3 of you were taking?

davvid
davvid

Chris Christie will make a strong candidate. So, chin up.

benfranklin
benfranklin

Great, more of the 'you didn't build that'.

Listen, I'm conceding, your side won. I'm part of the 'far right crazies' ...really? I pay taxes (part of a small local business that pays millions of dollars in taxes), don't take any subsidy (of which I could qualify), have created good jobs, have nice apartments I rent to happy tenants in a building that was abandoned before I purchased it. But I don't have any idea what I'm talking about.

You won. Now go fix poverty. Go create jobs. Build the middle class. I have an idea how our side would do that. I hope you know what your doing.

Black Rock Lifer
Black Rock Lifer

All business benefits from government, you must know the infrastructure, rule of law, and structure provided by taxpayers makes your business possible. Big business requires even more public resources, we all subsidize capitalism in one way or another. I have no problem with that provided there is some basic fairness, presently that is not the case.

On the election, it is ridiculous to make the Romney claim that voters choose the free lunch. The majority voted for fairness, for tolerance, and against the far right crazies that have come to define the Republican party.

davvid
davvid

If we ignore history or the racially motivated arson last year, then a disparaging remark lobbed from the First Ward at the East Side doesn't really mean much at all. Maybe then you'd belong to the Michael Scott/Stephen Colbert club of ironic white men who conveniently claim to not see race. It would be convenient for a white male in 2013 to imagine that all groups are the same and that the problem is simply about generalizations or negativity instead of the broader issue of racism.

My views are of course informed in part by personal experience but also by research and debate. I don't think institutional racism is a myth. I see it in my own small world but I've also heard people much smarter than I state the statistics about poverty, education, incarceration etc. and make the case again and again.

If I am totally off base, please enlighten me. I haven't read anything on this thread yet that really challenges my views.

benfranklin
benfranklin

My success has little to do with public policy. I like what I do, and I do it 16 hours per day. I'd prefer to create wealth for others, but that's not the system that won this past election. I (or people like me) can grow the pie, but we've been told were not needed. I'm fine with that. Let's see where we are after 8 years of this.

Black Rock Lifer
Black Rock Lifer

Ben- Our leadership is not shifting left, it is moving back to the center where most Americans reside. Trust me, I'm squarely on the left and we don't see any real strong movement by leadership at all. I do see a sea change in the grass roots, people are more liberal and more tolerant, the conservatives are losing these voters in droves.

The pie is plenty big enough, it is nothing more than greed and manipulation that results in 50% of Americans sharing just 1% of our nations wealth. That is obscene, they do indeed need a "bigger piece of the pie". How can we have a civil society where one half of our citizens have no real investment? Our public policy should empower and advocate for the public, not for a small minority of the wealthy and powerful.

benfranklin
benfranklin

In regards to GTO's comments that went unchallenged, it doesn't seem like it's worth the effort to engage someone like that.

Second, I found the racist comments a bit strange. If I found myself in the company of people making racist comments, I'd find new friends (or do with out).

I may be greatly over stating in the next bit here... but I think those on the right are a bit overwhelmed by the leftward shift our leadership is taking. They won, that's fine. So rather than argue, I think there's a bit of withdrawing that's taking place. Economically, I think it's bad for the country. You see it in the various financial markets. The right has kind of picked up their toys, and gone to their room.

The left needs the right. The right...well, not so much. I'm all for BRL saying there needs to be a bigger middle class. But in this environment, I don't see it happening. I'm in a position where I'm involved in hiring, and we will bend over backwards to automate something before we'll consider bringing in another body.

It's almost as if we've been told by the left long enough that we're greedy bastards, that we're beginning to act the part. We argue that to create wealth, you need to expand the pie. The left says, no, we want a bigger slice. Rather than argue about it, we're protecting our slice, and not being too proud of it.

whatever
whatever

Is there any irony that one commenter is repeatedly making a stereotyping negative generalization about Buffalonians based on his anecdotal personal encounters?

davvid>"I hear more racist comments in Buffalo (always from white people usually about black people) than anywhere else I have been so far."

Now, if anyone on here stated that same kind of negative generalizing but substituting some other behavior and group of people, all based on personal anecdotal experiences with individuals of some group... well, the reaction might depend on the group.

And he didn't retract it when Spock disagreed with it … only "guessed" there's other places where people have similar behavior as Buffalonians, still assuming a lot based on a small sample size of Buffalonians he's met.

Also, we see another commenter GTO's repeated negative generalizing against people of a political philosophy with which he/she disagrees.

Yet in this long thread nobody condemned either of those two.

WTbasketball and I joked about GTO, and Spock politely disagreed with davvid, but nobody's reaction was to condemn or criticize with words like "ignorant" or "unsavory" as were said about some others.

Maybe I'm the only one who sees some irony in all that.

I'm not saying these things are all exactly the same, and I'm not assuming anything either way about what any commenters in this thread, those I mentioned or any others, really deeply believe.

I can't see into anybody's soul the way Bush said he could with Putin's.

But it's interesting to notice similar patterns along with differences in reactions.

nydave1272
nydave1272

And so being poor forces a person to throw their old furniture and trash on their lawn and spraypaint local businesses? It's about self respect and sheer laziness not economics. No one is forced to behave in a certain manner by their financial circumstances....thats lazy thinking and scapegoating.

nydave1272
nydave1272

My Dad used to live in this neighborhood. If I remember correctly this isn't as much a new addition as much as it is returning it to what it was before it was trashed by residents.

And it's too easy to chalk things up to economics. It was a low income area back then as well but people had the self respect and motivation to take care of what belonged to them and what was around them. Income and education has nothing to do with it. Whether poor or rich you can clean up and care for your surroundings. Growing up my parents didnt make much money and we had some lean years financially but we respected what we had enough to actually take care of it.

I hope I am wrong but, while I am all for improving the area, until the mindset of the area changes it will just be another structure that will fall into disrepair over time and dismantled.

Spock
Spock

No Burch. Your claims of who your friends are do not make you a non-racist. Not making racist comments make you a would do that, at least overtly.

Funny that the "I-have-(insert minority group)-friends" pretend racist immunity clause is mocked so often I didn't think anybody would seriously try to make that point. I guess I was wrong.

Up and coming
Up and coming

"I-Can't-be-racist-because-I-have-black-friends out clause,"

If I was racist I wouldn't hang out with black people and have black friends of all socioeconomic backgrouds. So yeah, it actually does.

BuffaloQPublic
BuffaloQPublic

Rubagreta - There would be poverty in Buffalo and across the entire US even if every person had a master's degree and everybody was married before they had children.

Actually, a glut of degrees would contribute to that circumstance, since the abundance would greatly devalue them job-wise.

WTBasketball
WTBasketball

Sounds like you skinny jeans are causing blood flow problems to your brain located between your legs. Try getting off the couch

GTO
GTO

if i ever come across a conservative who is not a violent anti-american scumbag i will let you know.

JSmith
JSmith

"Determine never to be idle."

That was easy for Thomas Jefferson to say when he had more than 200 slaves doing all the hard work for him!

whatever
whatever

GTO - it's clear to see how much you're against stereotyping, lol

whatever
whatever

Ok, that looks a little better now that you've put back at least the trace of that deleted top comment from Move. Better than how it was when that was totally gone. Thanks.

Buffaboy
Buffaboy

Institutionalized racism in the job market, hampered blacks and kept many without careers for generations. This combined with shitty schools today fuels the internal culture of despair. Don't believe the "lazy" B.S.

grad94
grad94

you mean no one like the michigan street preservation corporation? do you think all that new landscaping just fell out of the sky? that the nash house rehabilitated itself while no one was looking?

Tom
Tom

if it only was that simple.

Tom
Tom

if only it were that simple.

davvid
davvid

I would imagine that you are right. There must be other places where people are so openly prejudiced. I would guess that there is similar behavior in Southern states but I didn't hear any of it while I was there. I grew up in South Buffalo and my family's roots are on the East Side, so its quite possible that I'm getting a heavier than normal dose of white grievance bull****ing when I'm there.

Spock
Spock

Dawid, What I'm about to say should not be interpreted as an endorsement of BurchJP-UpandComing's racism, his silly I-Can't-be-racist-because-I-have-black-friends out clause, or the ongoing insistence that his and others subjective views should be considered "reality" simply by repeating the R-word whenever someone calls him out.

That said, I have to disagree with your take that Buffalo is somehow more racist than other places. Yes we have our own talk radio nation that, among other things, likes to make self-indulgent and racially charged comments on stories that involve "that part of town." But other places have this element too. It is a negative quality that persists throughout the US, and doesn't seem to me to be more or less prevalent in Buffalo.

Up and coming
Up and coming

"There is nothing about Buffalo that I find more repellant than racist comments from ignorant white people"

You actually did. Your comment above was a direct reference to my comment.

Old First Ward
Old First Ward

My comments were not an indictment but a well wishing and a call to action. Meanwhile, while you were micro managing posts looking for racism in buzz words you forgot to call out that moron davvid who was calling white people ignorant racists and Old First Ward residents "dumb F*cks." well before you posted.

But its not surprising that your criteria didn't fit those harsh comments. Which only goes to show that your agenda of being offended only applies to blacks.

I stand by my comments, and I hope that all the kids of that neighborhood enjoy that water pad. For that park to thrive and the community around it to prosper, black residents need to volunteer, and get into their community and work harder and organize to make it a better place. Unemployment may be high for some, but volunteering is free and fulfilling.

With that I leave to you a quote back, from Thomas Jefferson:

Determine never to be idle. No person will have occasion to complain of the want of time who never loses any. It is wonderful how much may be done if we are always doing.

-Thomas Jefferson

NBuffguy
NBuffguy

Where did you get that he meant farther in the past, or in the past at all? He said, "...in the south were violence was AND STILL IS much more prevalent." He clearly was talking about the past as well as the present.

Leary
Leary

Modern day Detroit is pretty bad, but I believe he meant farther in the past; the Jim Crow South. As for North vs. South violence statistics, I don't know the answer to that one myself.

Buffaboy
Buffaboy

I meant lack of quality infastructure (pretty prevalent throgh the whole city), where there isn't a pothole every 2 feet. I'll tell ya, I live in the'burbs and none exist. No good edu.=no motivation=no job. No good education around=no salary paying job

davvid
davvid

I didn't guess your race. I guessed that you are not actually up and coming.

The other separate thought was that there are certain things that will make me not take you seriously and not want to be near you. One of those things is ignorant racist comments. I hear more racist comments in Buffalo (always from white people usually about black people) than anywhere else I have been so far. Its embarrassing. And its so obvious that these comments are coming from ignorant and isolated people who ignore the broader reality of racism in America and instead choose to dwell on anecdotes about the east side of Buffalo. If we want to discuss closing the achievement gap or reducing poverty, then talk about that seriously. Its not about being politically correct, its about being correct and constructive.

rubagreta
rubagreta

How to end the poverty problem in Buffalo:

1) Go to school everyday, and graduate from high school.

2) Upon graduation, get a job. Any job (and there are plenty of jobs out there for people who have few skills but an excellent work ethic and attitude).

3) Do not get pregnant while you are single. It does not take rocket science to figure out how not to get pregnant.

4) Get married. A couple with high school degrees and several years of work experience should be easily earning $35,000, which is decent money in Buffalo.

5) Rent the cheapest 1BR apartment you can find in a safe area. Save up for several years.

6) Then have a baby.

That's it. 95% of poverty in Buffalo would be eliminated, with no government assistance!

GTO
GTO

I need more information before placing a bet. Will you be visiting the area often?

NBuffguy
NBuffguy

"Some claim this culture was adopted from their roots in the south where violence was and still is much more prevalent."

Some claim the most violent city in America is Detroit, which is firmly NOT in the south. I think your idea that the south was and still is much more violent is questionable.

Up and coming
Up and coming

"There is also a real problem with a culture of violence that some in the African American community embrace. This is by far a minority of people but their impact is great. Some claim this culture was adopted from their roots in the south where violence was and still is much more prevalent.

I wish there was some easy fix but the reality is until we address the issue of poverty in a meaningful way we will be unlikely to make much progress. Racism thrives because many equate the problem of poverty with race, the only way to change tht perception is to reduce poverty"

Very well put.

grad94
grad94

the corkscrew in delaware park over the 198 is a chronic graffiti magnet, and it is spreading onto the lincoln parkway bridge, but i don't see anyone blaming it on the affluence of the surrounding neighborhood.

Black Rock Lifer
Black Rock Lifer

This argument about race ignores the fact that institutional racism was the foundation for the problems that still exist today. When I was growing up racism was blatant and in your face, now it is more soft and covert but still limits progress and potential. Poverty is the other driver, African Americans have historically have been less able to accumulate wealth due to a history of being oppressed and limited in opportunities. I know some will argue that is no longer the case but generations of this oppression has considerably impacted the lives of African Americans to this day. It takes generations to build wealth and to provide the grounding necessary for success. African Americans have not had the same opportunities or base of mentors and role models that white Americans take for granted.

There is also a real problem with a culture of violence that some in the African American community embrace. This is by far a minority of people but their impact is great. Some claim this culture was adopted from their roots in the south where violence was and still is much more prevalent.

I wish there was some easy fix but the reality is until we address the issue of poverty in a meaningful way we will be unlikely to make much progress. Racism thrives because many equate the problem of poverty with race, the only way to change tht perception is to reduce poverty.

paulsobo
paulsobo

Oh please stop the liberal drama.

People make statements based off experience, word of mouth (ie other people experience) etc.

People behave differently individually and as a group. This is a socialogical and psychological fact.

Fact: Lower incomes have lower test scores.

Fact: Generations of poverty can create a cultural norm of poverty

Fact: Poor neighborhoods with less intact families have lower test scores

Fact: There are certain cultural norms in the african american community where the norms are against academic achievement. Proven comparing African American test scores to test scores from immigrants from Caribbean and immigrants from Africa show markedly less difference with caucasion and other minorities.

Move an individual into a different area and they will adjust to and take on the norms of the majority.

Move a group into a different area and they will either stay to themselves isolated or they will conflict/change the norms of the majority. This is why people fear groups will cause change.

You just cant stick your head in liberal ignorance and expect to inculcate people away from their experiences and perceptions.

armyof100clowns
armyof100clowns

Actually – it says neither . . . what it does say has a lot more to with poverty than race. It is fact (when painting with broad strokes) that you will find more community advocacy groups in areas of greater affluence. As disposable income becomes less of a problem, one has more time to dedicate to communal issues. For many on the East Side of our fair City the day to day struggle of survival is of greater concern than if a park is kept graffiti and garbage free. If one is working multiple jobs to support their family (and please do not counter with some stale comment about lazy welfare recipients – if you spent any time in the Community you would understand that most folks there want to do right by their familial and societal obligations – you know, working, paying bills, obeying the law . . . ) there is little to no time or energy left to expend on organizations in the vein of Friends of Olmstead.

If one really desires to see change take hold in areas of desperate depression (and one should, if one really cares about meeting societal obligations, instead of living off the fat circumstance has so fortuitously thrown in their lap) a true and sincere effort needs to be made to ensure equitable and accessible education. The current system we have in place only ensure mediocrity at best in neighborhoods such as those found on the East Side. The cycle of poverty is perpetuated and becomes “cultural” in places where education has been put on the backburner in the name of budget, benefits, and political ineptitude. The cycle of poverty is perpetuated by government programs that only seek to placate a population with bread and circuses than really invest in their future and goals of self sufficiency. The cycle of poverty is perpetuated by insensitive, shallow, presumptive, and self righteous remarks and attitudes that affirm feelings of inadequacy in the downtrodden. This applies to you if you live on the East Side of Buffalo, South Central LA, or the verdant hills of Appalachia. This applies to you if your skin hue is as dark as ebony or as light as snow. Poverty subverts society, and ultimately, destroys it from the inside out.

It’s damn shameful that as the ship takes on water, the rats – both in the bilge and on the bridge – try to drown one another instead of working as a unit to save their home . . .

whatever
whatever

BR editor - deleting comments is your right of course, but when you fully delete and leave no trace of a comment then you should also do the same with the linked replies others had written under it.

You deleted yesterday's comment by MoveAlongPLz which had 'guaranteed' a murder, to which this Jan 10 12:26 PM comment of mine had replied, then others replied to me.

I can understand why you wanted to fully delete MoveAlong's weird comment about murder, but then you left my reply to that one in a way which the context now looks as though I had first brought up the murder topic...

when actually I was replying to what MoveAlong's now disappeared comment before it.

I suggest if you fully delete any comment and leave no trace of it like you did that time, you should also just delete the whole thread of replies to it.

That would mean deleting this portion of the thread starting with my 12:26pm comment and all under it - unfortunate, perhaps - but the whole context of it became twisted once you decided to fully remove the MoveAlong's original creepy guarantee of 'murder'.

koz
koz

Who wants to take bets on how long it will take for the first drug related arrest? Or dead body found around the basin? Dont deny it, you were all thinking the same thing.

Up and coming
Up and coming

Stereotypes often borden on reality my friend.

Travelrrr
Travelrrr

Changing views is impossible. The change starts with you, with me. Drop the perpetuation of stereotypes--it goes a long way.

Up and coming
Up and coming

First off why would you say I'm white? That sounds like racial profiling to me. Which makes you just as guilty as the guy in the video. Also, until we face racial issues in this country and stop hiding behind being "politically correct" we'll never address the core issue. The truth is that racial stereotypes are very much a reality, in black and white culture. I'll say this much. My mothers lived in some of the most dangerous/black areas in Buffalo (Best St Goodyear etc) and always dated black guys and had a black step father growing up, who I liked more than my own father most times. That being said, I lived with my father mostly, who lived in a 99.9 percent white area. I had two black kids and one hispanic kid go to my school in the whole four years I was there. So needless to say I've seen both sides of the coin. That being said, stereotypes run both ways, white and black. Blacks think whites are soft, unathletic, stuck up and born with a silver spoon there mouth. Whites think every black person plays basketball, has robbed someone, or know somoeone who's robbed someone in there life. So lets cut the self-righteous crap and get real.

Up and coming
Up and coming

"Lack of quality or skilled jobs to provide for families"

....or a lack of educated and motivated individuals to fill positions.

"poor education"

Lack of motivation to get an education

lack of infastructure

"I'm not sure what that's even supposed to mean? Last time I checked there's roads on the East Side"

GTO
GTO

It's difficult to get rid of conservatives once the infestation starts.

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