Tonawanda News — Ever since it was restored and opened, the Hotel @ Lafayette in downtown Buffalo has fascinated me. Last Monday, the Preservation Buffalo Niagara offered a tour of the hotel led by developer Rocco Termini.
What an awesome place and the stories Termini told about the whole restoration project were amazing. “I guess if I hadn’t done (the restoration) we’d be standing in a parking lot,” he said. From the lobby to the lower level where there is a restaurant and retail bakery to the gleaming floors and decor of the banquet rooms, it is a glorious historic mixed use building.
Also at the event was John Norquist, president and CEO of CNU, Congress for the New Urbanism, who talked about the annual convention that will take place in Buffalo in June.
Norquist said CNU members come from around the world to discuss development practices and public policies, learn from recent innovative work, and advance new initiatives to transform our communities.
He told about a city of 58,000 in Europe that eliminated all signals and stop signs six years ago and to this day has had no pedestrian accidents.
Compare that to the Tonawandas where there has hardly been a signal or stop sign taken down in six years.
Speaking of historic, a caller left a message about the “pleasant memories” he has of Oliver Street. “McCarthy’s Market, Chester’s Meat, and my favorite, grinding 8 O’Clock Coffee at the A&P.”
Do you have a favorite pleasant memory of the Tonawandas?
The “Blooming Quilts” show presented by the Amherst Quilters Guild last weekend was outstanding. I’m not a quilter, nor do I sew, but with nothing else to do, I decided to attend. A total of 258 quilts, each a work of art, were hung on display. While having lunch, a couple from Mississauga, Ontario, joined me. The woman said she was president of the quilt club with 160 members and she and her husband have taken five trips to quilt shows in the U.S.