Wednesday, March 16, 2011

Letters to the editor- Preserving Buffalo's past

This letter writer appears to be very skeptical of local residency violator, "East Aurora" James Comerford's motives for condemning the Wheeler-GLF grain elevator. Coincidentally, at the same time Ontario Specialty Contracting is seeking to expand their property. If he lies about his residency, what makes you think Comerford would be honest about this?...

Let's find new ways to use grain elevators

How incredibly convenient for Ontario Specialty Contracting that just as it needs more room for an expansion, it finds a firm willing to submit a report that says the Wheeler-GLF grain elevator needs to be condemned. This self-centered, myopic behavior is appallingly familiar in Buffalo, and Inspections Commissioner James Comerford should be ashamed of himself.

Our iconic, world-renowned grain elevators should be treasured and revered, not demolished. This is just more embarrassing, disgraceful and short-sighted behavior from Buffalo’s lifer politicians and their commissioner cronies.

While Buffalo is being its usual destructive self, other states are finding creative, exciting and interesting ways to reuse their grain elevators. West Texas has turned its grain elevator into a year-round, indoor rock-climbing center, Oregon uses one as a farmers’ market and Illinois turned one into a gym.

How very sad that in Buffalo, the grain elevators’ birthplace, we are more concerned with demolishing what makes us unique. It is this never-ending discouragement, death from a thousand slices, that is depleting Buffalo’s population.

Meg Robinson-Albers



1 comment:

  1. The reuse of grain elevators and their silos is hard to find. Turning these giant concrete structures into modular and high-efficiency (next generation) data centers is the most sustainable way to preserve and create high potential economic activities with it. With Siloctet technology and data center design a city like Buffalo has the potential to be one of the main telecommunication center and Internet backbone.

    From grain to octet ...