Canal HSBC Bass Side Pro

4 Aug

When HSBC decides that it’s had enough of this horrifically economically, socially, and politically myopic and silly place we call home, there will be fewer people around to eat at taco trucks, take a horsey ride in Delaware Park, buy art, drink beer, buy wings, etc. ad infinitum.

It’s good that we’ve elected a preschool class to run things.

In the end, I like the make-believe Buffalo better than the real one.

I like the make-believe Buffalo where I leave my gorgeous waterfront apartment along the outer harbor in the Uniland development there, and take the Metro Rail to downtown. I’ll get off at the Canal Side/Adelphia Tower stop and grab a cup of coffee at Canal Side along the way. Maybe at lunchtime, I’ll grab a sandwich at a trendy lunch spot and browse the aisles of Bass Pro because I need some sort of outdoorsy, firearmy, nautical gear of some sort. On the weekend, I can take my kids to the weather museum.

Pretty soon, HSBC may very well be a make-believe entity in Buffalo.

The land of make-believe rocks, and it’s run by a king with a talking cat.

4 Responses to “Canal HSBC Bass Side Pro”

  1. Andy August 4, 2010 at 11:10 pm #

    If HSBC leaves downtown, the city might as well close shop… It will only be a matter of time before other businesses follow HSBC out to Amherst or Clarence. Add the fact that UB has to halt any plans to expand downtown thanks to Albany, and the city is going to look like a ghost town.

    I encourage anyone with the means to leave Buffalo to do so soon. I have a feeling that things are going to get pretty bad, pretty quickly. Maybe the state will give all the land back to the Senecas. Wasn’t that really what Albany was hoping for all along?

  2. Tom Dolina August 5, 2010 at 2:41 am #

    Where does Super Viddlers fit in this fantasy world?

  3. Hapklein August 5, 2010 at 6:23 am #

    Obviously the game is still supposed to be played behind the curtain.
    Why cannot HSBC and Quinn be open about what use is planned for the site? 
    Why would the city stand aside and trust two entities that have not always out the Public Interest of WNY or the city in the forefront of their actions?
    I think Francyk has the best grasp of the issues involved. Don’t rely on promises – get it in writing and retain the right of first refusal. That entire waterfront is the result of exuberant unfulfilled promises by many many well meaning fools. Niagara Falls in the midst of a promising development space has a huge empty space that is the result of a very wealthy man in another city who took umbrage at a Mayor long ago  and the land has sat empty ever since.
    HSBC could take the land, change its mind and the city would have yet one more unfulfilled promise.

    • Ward August 5, 2010 at 11:10 am #

      Yeah, right on!
      We need to “preserve” that two acres of non-taxable asphalt at all costs!

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