Batavia Before

14 Aug

Before urban renewal tore down half of downtown Main Street and replaced it with the fugliest “mall” in the area. Found at the Batavian.


9 Responses to “Batavia Before”

  1. Good Grief August 14, 2008 at 9:47 am #

    Looks just like Stratford, Ontario, a big tourist town. God I hate the obstructionists who see the bigger picture…

  2. Red August 14, 2008 at 10:06 am #

    I was in that mall a couple years ago…what are there, about 4 stores? It was horrible.

  3. STEEL August 14, 2008 at 10:25 am #

    Oh come on now. Those old crappy buildings prevented people from parking their cars. We need progress! Why criticize progress!

  4. heavyweight August 14, 2008 at 10:38 am #

    Batavian here, the mall is a disaster, it should be torn down. Not much more to say about it than that.

  5. hank August 14, 2008 at 1:37 pm #

    Since I moved from VA Beach to NC, I don’t go thru Batavia anymore to get home.

    I spent some time every summer in Elba with a friend of my Aunts, they had an “Onion Festival” that was always a lot of fun, so I remember what Batavia looked like in the 60s’ & 70’s downtown.

    Seems to me nobody in Batavia came to Buffalo and looked at Main Place Mall, and what THAT fucking disaster did to downtown, and what it’s STILL doing to downtown.

  6. heavyweight August 14, 2008 at 1:43 pm #

    Hank, they still have the Onion festival, damn do I love the onion rings.

    The Batavia and the Main Place Mall are both good examples of the horrifying results of urban renewel.

  7. Mike August 14, 2008 at 1:50 pm #

    This is the only festival hank can go to and no one will notice his stench.

  8. hank August 14, 2008 at 10:36 pm #

    Actually Mike, anywhere I take your wife they never notice.

  9. Eisenbart August 15, 2008 at 7:52 am #

    Steel I know you love coming here and saying the same thing over and over. Most of us get what you are saying. But repeating general blanket statements about saving the old and scorning the new is getting old. Sometimes buildings need to be demolished. Sometimes they need to be saved. Sometimes a building should be renovated. Sometimes that doesn’t happen. Sometimes people building parking lots. Sometimes they don’t. Sometimes life isn’t fair… sometimes life isn’t fair and people spend money on parking lots instead of what is best for the community. We’re at a time where “for the sake of progress” is not a valid point when demolishing something unlike the 70s urban renewal nightmares. As a country we’ve learned, maybe not as much here in WNY, but what does one expect from a cash strapped region like ours? We. Get. Your. Point. Already.

    If you look at pictures of downtown Buffalo before most of it was demolished it really puts these scenes of Batavia to shame. Simply put, they just don’t build’em like they used to. What’s the point of this? Tearing down the mall won’t bring any of that back. What will happen is if the mall gets torn down strip plazas will replace it. I’m at work so excuse me if I am missing some critical info here, but what’s the plan? Is a giant hole better than an empty mall?

    I have visions of in a 100 years when buildings are even more plain and made of plastic people will look back at this mall and say “Good lord why’d they tear down such an awesome building!!!11!!”

    If anything the Summit Mall should be torn down. It was built on and around nothing and nothing can replace it.

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