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Artvoice Weekly Edition » Issue v10n36 (09/08/2011) » Section: Week in Review

The Ghost in the Parade

I park my car in a lot shared by a funeral home and combination KFC/Taco Bell on Abbott Road, a fitting place to start combing through the ever-present ghosts of American Labor. South Buffalo always feels foreign to me, a place that seems structurally unchanged since it was built up to support the area’s lake economy of steel and grain. The biggest difference is that now those jobs are all gone and today union members will march down to Cazenovia Park in what should feel like a celebration of organized labor but can’t shake the spectre of a funerary procession. I haven’t even crossed the street and there’s the unmistakable blaring of a bagpipe following me out of the parking lot, coming from the drive-thru.

Primary Concerns

It’s a strange September in Erie County politics: The fissures between local factions of the two major parties, especially among Democrats but even among the usually unified Republicans, are wider and more plain to view than ever.

Scorecard: The Week's Winners and Losers

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