Yesterday, the city selected Terry Pegula and the Buffalo Sabres to develop the Webster Block. The proposed structure will include skating rinks, restaurants, shops, parking, and a hotel. 

Brad Riter and I discussed Pegulaville in this Trending Buffalo podcast. What happens when Paladino is snubbed? Will Terry Pegula and Byron Brown be next up on Carl’s insult billboardatorium? 



  • Having spent too much time following/writing about Canalside previously, it occurs to me that “we” (Buffalo) spent 10 years talking about, suing, arguing, planning to build a $250M attraction that only last year gots shovels in the ground. Meanwhile, this $125M-ish project (a block away) was conceived of and has gotten running in about four months, with nary a whisper or really a lot of coverage for its size and scope. This massive building will transform the area – put it between the hockey arena, the HSBS Atrium, the new Donovan makeover, and the waterfront, and we will have a real city in a 6 block area. A lot of the community felt like our city turned a corner when Canalside got a hotdog shack and brightly painted chairs, and I never really felt it. But I’m almost proud of us for getting this project moving – less fanfare = progress. Maybe I just finally had my “Buffalo is getting better” moment, late to the party.

  • Interesting juxtaposition for you folks:  Celebrate a bidding loss for the capitalist you hate, or a victory for the capitalist who earned his money hydrofracking? Surely you can still dream up  some way to be bitter. partisan  and divisive, right?

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