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Artvoice Weekly Edition » Issue v10n25 (06/22/2011) » Section: Letters to Artvoice

Expand ECC Downtown

Buffalo has suffered from long decades of flight from the city, years that saw the emptying of middle-class neighborhoods, closed department stores, and lost jobs. Much of that movement was based on rational decisions to follow the customer base or to have a front yard. But much was propelled by reasons less benign, by fear of radicals and rioters, of crime and “those people.” Conscious government decisions also contributed greatly to this outward movement: town tax breaks, massive highway construction, and the building of UB’s suburban campus.

Framing the Economy

In 2010, the bipartisan Debt Commission established by the president to address the critical issue of the exploding federal debt made its recommendations which, for the most part, were clearly understandable, sensible, and debatable ways of reforming our entitlement programs and creating a more fair and equitable tax system.

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