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Scorecard: The Week's Winners & Losers

The Week's Winners & Losers

The Pullout Method

Hundreds gathered in Niagara Square on March 23 as part of a nationwide protest against government laws that mandate employer-provided healthcare plans pay for birth control, which some see as an affront to religious liberty. Consider the alternative: Hello, unwanted pregnancies!

Shameless Self-Promotion

Those trips to the “Canadian ballet” may be getting a bit more interesting thanks to a March 27 Ontario court ruling that paves the way for legalized brothels in Canada. We’d like to take this moment to remind any potential entrepreneurs about Artvoice classifieds—for all your adult listings needs.

Urban Revitalization

Urban casinos, the economic development engines that have revived such places as East St. Louis and Detroit, were back in the news on March 27 as the Seneca Nation unveiled a new $130 million plan for the long-delayed Buffalo Creek Casino. As a bonus, we hear there’s plenty of surface parking.

Playoff Pushes

The Buffalo Sabres came through in the clutch and delivered a playoff-esque victory over Washington on March 27 to take over the eighth spot in the playoffs. If by the time you’re reading this they’ve dropped out of contention, please ignore the optimism and…hmmm…fire Lindy!


The 140-year-old Millard Fillmore Gates Circle Hospital closed its doors for good on March 28, paving the way for the opening of the new $291 million Vascular Institute downtown and leaving the city with one more monolithic vacancy to figure out what to do with. Any takers?

By the numbers...


Cost in cents per mile to ride the longest journey on the Buffalo Metro Rail. On March 26 the NFTA voted unanimously in favor of a 25-cent fare hike—to $2 per trip beginning May 1. The total system length of the Buffalo Metro is 6.4 miles (which includes 1.6 miles downtown that are fare-free). For comparison’s sake, the total system length of the New York City Subway is 209 miles and the longest trip one can take without a transfer is 31 miles, or roughly 7.2 cents per mile for the $2.25 fare.


Millions of dollars in state aid the Buffalo School District will lose out on thanks to a March 27 decision by the state Education Department to reject the school board’s compromise with the Buffalo Teachers Federation over how student absences would be factored into teacher evalutations.


Economic development aid—in the form of $75 million in capital improvements and $25 million in tax breaks to companies willing to relocate to Buffalo—promised in Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s proposed budget revealed on March 27. The $100 million represents the first delivery on the governor’s pledge of $1 billion in aid.

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