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Buffalo City Hall. Bust of JFK (left), bulletin for "Citywide Crime Watch Training" (right).
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Property ownership in Buffalo doesn't mean the same thing it does in Toronto.
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At Buffalo ReUse, a not uncommon combination of caution and whimsy.
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"A thousand people will read this today." Congestion is not a problem on the subway.
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Their most famous Bellissimo is the apocryphal inventor of the chicken wing rather than a crack addict friend of the mayor's.
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"Warning: Never mind the dog. Beware of owner!" This is a bar, and the sign may or may not be a joke.
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The Historical Society stands its ground.
Buffalo, NY, is in some ways a mirror-universe version of Toronto. Neither altogether familiar nor altogether alien, it inhabits a present that could just as easily be our future or past.
I visited the city over the May 24-25 (Memorial Day) weekend, as part of a Buffalo Urbex Weekender trip put on by Toronto-based Vignette Tours. I'll have a full writeup in this week's paper, but in the meantime, here is an assortment of signs that hint - with varying degrees of subtlety - at the ways that that city differs from ours.
Photos by Jonathan Goldsbie.