Fri February 14, 2014

Three upstate N.Y. highways make 'futureless freeways' list

Rochester's Inner Loop, a depressed freeway encircling downtown.
Friscocali via Flickr

Three big roadways in upstate New York cities have made a top 10 list freeways that should be torn down or filled in.

The Congress for New Urbanism says Syracuse’s Interstate 81, Rochester’s Inner Loop and Buffalo’s Skyway bridge are all roadways that do damage to the community and should be replaced.

They’re also on the "Freeways Without a Future" list because there’s growing momentum to remove them.

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Tue November 19, 2013
Refugee Resettlement

Refugees revitalize Rust Belt city of Buffalo

At Journey's End Refugee Services, Bishnu Adhikari, right, tests his students on their vacuum skills.
Ashley Hirtzel WBFO

Upstate New York cities take in around 90 percent of all current refugee resettlements in the state. All this week, The Innovation Trail is taking a look at how that diverse population has weaved its way into the region’s changing economy.

In Buffalo, a handful of students from countries all over the world are sitting in a class at Journey’s End Refugee Services. They are learning how to become janitors for local businesses. The group nods as a student explains an assignment to them.

It wasn’t that long ago that the group’s teacher, Bishnu Adhikari, was sitting in their seat trying to understand English and the concept of a mop, bucket and vacuum.

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Tue October 15, 2013

TEDx event aims to spark innovation and change in Buffalo

Journey's End Refugee Service's Bryana DiFonzo and Bishnu Adhikari
Ashley Hirtzel WBFO

The third annual TEDxBuffalo conference attracted more than 350 people this year. The event is modeled on the global Technology, Entertainment, Design conference format (TED), but focused on issues relevant to Buffalo.

Fifteen speakers had less than 20 minutes to share their innovative ideas and inspire people to get involved with different community organizations.

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Tue September 10, 2013

Niagara Ceramics closing its doors, leaving 110 jobless


The remnants of the old Buffalo China company will be shutting down. Niagara Ceramics filed a closing notice with the state Labor Department Monday, citing "economic" reasons.

The closing means 110 people will be out of a job at the factory at 75 Hayes Place in Buffalo.

Buffalo China shut down in March 2004 and Niagara Ceramics was created to continue manufacture of commercial-quality dinnerware, one of two such companies in the country.

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Thu September 5, 2013
Community Support

Community led non-profit to assist Buffalo's Burmese population

Burmese Community Support Center
Ashley Hirtzel WBFO

A new support center aims to assist the large Burmese population in Buffalo. The Burmese Community Support Center (BCSC) is located on Buffalo’s Westside and run by the Burmese community.

The non-profit organization was created to provide support to the 8,000 Burmese people living in Buffalo. Client Services Coordinator Chan Thu says the Burmese Community Support Center isn’t a replacement for existing refugee service organizations.

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