CBS Sunday News – Wings in Buffalo with Lance, Thurman and Mo Rocca!!

Today was the debut of the ‘Wings” special for the CBS Sunday Show. You can watch it here!

Thank you to everyone involved and for all of my friends for their continuous support. This is an awesome day for Buffalo!! #buffalove


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2013 in 30 Seconds.

Want to see my 2013 in 30 seconds? Check this out -

2013 was my best year yet. Jason and I got engaged! We purchased five houses and two vacant lots. I was honored to be in the NYTimes, Buffalo Spree, Buffalo News, Buffalorising, Design Sponge and front page of NIagara Gazette for the preservation and house rehabilitation work that we do in Buffalo. I spoke at TEDXBuffalo which was an insane experience. Jason and I visited Nantucket twice. We partied in NYC at the DFA 12 anniversary party. We drove across the country and spent the summer with Lynette & Max in Buffalo. I was honored to be chosen as the Co Vice Chair of the NESEA Building Energy conference for 2014 and the Chair for 2015. I started and finished up Women Elect, too. Jason and I really became best friends. We grew and expanded friendships with many great people, watched his nephews grow a bit older, learned how we work together and loved a little harder.

Anyhow, so much awesomeness. 2014 is going to be insane. It has already started off crazy with a Donn Esmonde PIece, a Buffalo Spree article and the chicken wing interview with Mo Rocca. We are working hard on several projects and have many irons in the fire. We are planning our wedding (July 2014!) and we should be wrapping up our rehabs this year and expanding Buffalove a little bit!!

Life is truly how you make it. Determination is key. But I will always say that i am just one of thelucky ones. The harder you work, the luckier you are.

This wraps up 2013 in 30 seconds.Music by The Fantasy! –>

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Heart Bombs for Preservation – Sat. Feb 1, 2014 at 10am!

Join the Buffalo’s Young Preservationists on Saturday, Feb 1st at 10am for our third annual heart bombs for preservation event! (FACEBOOK LINK)

Each year we (BYP) get together and use craft supplies to create hearts for vacant buildings that we want to see saved in 2014. It may be “cute” but this is a great way to educate the public about the Vacancy Vortex and that demolition is not the only answer. This year we will be joined with cities around the country who have stepped up to heart bomb their vacant buildings.

10am starts the fun at Preservation Buffalo Niagara’s office in the Market Arcade. (Thank you PBN for space!!) We will provide snacks, crafts and coffee. Please bring any crafts supplies you may have and glue/scissors.

Preservation Buffalo Niagara
Suite 201, 617 Main Street
Buffalo, New York 14203

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Eatin’ Wings in Buffalo with Mo Rocca, Lance Diamond & Thurman Thomas.

Wow. I’m a lucky lady! I just ate wings with Mo Rocca, Lance Diamond and Thurman Thomas.

The goal was to explain to Mo Rocca how to properly eat a Buffalo wing and why they are important to Buffalo and to the Superbowl. Mo is a very very funny and down to earth guy! Mr. Thurman Thomas is a pro wing eater and his dedication to Buffalo is very strong. And Lance… Lance Diamond was and always will be the King of Charisma and Soul. We had a great time talking about wings, blue cheese and Buffalo! The show will air Superbowl Sunday on CBS.

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Buffalo Spree Covers Buffalove Development’s Preservation Win!

Buffalo Spree Covers Buffalove Development’s Preservation Win! (<— Link!)

This is an exciting piece for us. It launches our newest purchase – a 1860′s brick cottage that we rescued from the brink of demolition. Jason saw it on the preservation agenda because they asked for a demolition permit – citing that nothing about it was historic. (What!?!?!) This 1860′s brick cottage is 1500 square feet of awesome. After a series of negotiations, the purchase price totaled $1. It has a new roof, a new furnace and it is gutted, exposing the brick and the 150 years of changes overtime. Even in its gutted state, it’s a beauty. Its layout is simple and its size is manageable. Unlike our other properties, this one will be our home!

Buffalo Spree will be doing a set of articles on this house, following our rehab process to explain how preservation and energy efficiency will come together to provide a rehab that is cost effective, forward thinking and inspiring for others as they venture through the rehab process! Thank you to Gwen Ito and the Buffalo Spree crew for covering this story.

You can check the article out here:

A 2013 Summary of by WordPress! (Check it!)

According to my wordpress annual summary, I had 19,000 people visit this website in 2013. Wowza!!

Don’t worry, I will post my personal 2013 breakdown on this blog very shortly of photos, updates and major events – 2013 was a truly unforgettable year!

The stats helper monkeys prepared a 2013 annual report for this blog. Check it out!

Here’s an excerpt:

The concert hall at the Sydney Opera House holds 2,700 people. This blog was viewed about 19,000 times in 2013. If it were a concert at Sydney Opera House, it would take about 7 sold-out performances for that many people to see it.

Click here to see the complete report.


The Atlantic Cities Covers Buffalo, BYP & The Vacancy Vortex!

Wow!! I am shocked, excited and honored that Kaid Benfield wanted to write about what we are doing here in Buffalo. My heart exploded when I saw this article in the Atlantic Cities blog. Coming from an urban planner – this blog is the mecca of planning/urbanism & cities. I literally read it every morning.

If you want to know more about the “vacancy vortex” - check out my TED X Buffalo talk from Oct. 2013. 

You can read the article here:

“While I tend to agree with the adage that “the greenest building is the one already built,” as long as the context is or can be made supportive, I’m impressed that Radle and Wilson’s commitment to sustainability doesn’t end there. They also want to make sure their rehabs are constructed with green principles in mind. ” From BuffaLove’s website:

“BuffaLove Development aims to bring together elements of historic preservation and sustainability into each project through the use of good materials, design and community direction. We are taking a comprehensive approach to our neighborhood by investing in three areas – vacant lots, singles and doubles, and mixed use anchor buildings. We know that with a comprehensive approach, we will inspire growth, create jobs and strengthen our neighborhood … Our vision is to rehab each building in a fashion that mixes preservation and energy efficiency while maintaining affordability and comfort.”

“Green’s article for the Times suggests that what BuffaLove is doing is part of a trend of microdevelopment, at least in Buffalo, citing several additional individuals and companies doing preservation-and-rehab on a small scale, but reaching critical mass when aggregated.  “Just coming out of the woodwork,” was the way one seasoned developer put it to Green.  That sounds fantastic to me – this is an approach, and a philosophy, well worth rooting for.”

This post originally appeared on the NRDC’s Switchboard blog, an Atlantic partner site.

Kaid Benfield is special counsel for urban solutions at the Natural Resources Defense Council, an adjunct professor at the George Washington University School of Law, co-founder of the LEED for Neighborhood Development rating system, and author of several books on cities, smart growth and sprawl. All posts »