Michael Bruton 
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Re: “City Council narrowly passes Cobbs Hill Village legislation

If we need more affordable housing, then why tear down existing very-low-rent units in order to build on that land? And when those units are pretty nearly located on a park and built in such a way to be unobtrusive; that's more reason to try and preserve them.

Maybe, we're dumber than we were fifty years ago, or greedier.

As for the city council vote, it doesn't surprise me. There reaches a point where you can't delay any longer. That's progress.

I'm sure the new buildings will be fine. It's like those supposed visually polluting cell phone towers. After a while, they just blend in with the trees. You hardly notice them.

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Posted by Michael Bruton on 07/28/2018 at 11:28 AM

Re: “To our CITY readers: changes, and an invitation

If Parcel 5 is so valuable, then why is it still empty? We can't even give it away and it seems we essentially have to pay out monthly installments to anyone who'll take it.

In the meantime, Buffalo is running ads to get us over there. Empty is not good. A parking lot is better than an empty lot. What are we waiting for?

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Posted by Michael Bruton on 07/17/2018 at 8:25 PM

Re: “Bike share has a health potential

I use an older model smartphone in which the cellular plan has been discontinued. With Voice over Internet Protocol (VoIP), I can't make or receive calls, or text unless over wi-fi. 911 calls still get through over-the-air via cell towers.

The smartphone-free method that was mentioned uses text messages, and so having cell phone service is still a requirement.

For me, I've determined that it's the wi-fi that is what I can't do without before the pnone. But as long as I have a smartphone, I might as well have a Google VoIP number. It's free.

There are racks of Pace bikes within walking distance of where I live, but that's as far as I go.

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Posted by Michael Bruton on 07/10/2018 at 2:30 PM

Re: “Analysis finds racial disparity in pot arrests

Full legalization of marijuana in New York State is a moral imperative. It's like the Viet Nam War. At some point, it needs to end. Failure isn't just an option, it's a necessity.

The fact that marijuana is illegal isn't all bad for blacks. Alongside the risks of arrest, there is the reward of profits from selling.

Navigating the complexities of marijuana reform legislation is something that is just up Governor Cuomo's alley. We could all benefit from his leadership, and the sooner the better.

Posted by Michael Bruton on 06/30/2018 at 3:31 PM

Re: “Feedback 5/16

Nobody seems to get that there are plenty of poor people in the suburbs and beyond. Everyone has a unique story to tell. Let's back out from the inner-city poverty lines of discussion. What's the point of continuing with the tried and true methods for dividing people?

Save your criticism for those who are intent to get rich off the backs of rich and poor alike. The truth is that the rents in the city are too high at all the levels. If you charge too much for rent, then that's less money to spend elsewhere. City hall needs to stop helping greedy real estate investors. Right now they're playing the role of Robin Hood in reverse. How is that right?

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Posted by Michael Bruton on 05/29/2018 at 11:55 AM

Re: “Planning Commission approves revised plan for Cobbs Hill Village

To City Council: 1. Nobody wants these! 2. It will ruin the park! 3. If you vote for this, I won't vote for you.

Any member of City Council who votes for this will have some explaining. I know it's always: jobs,jobs,jobs; but, come on man!

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Posted by Michael Bruton on 04/05/2018 at 10:39 PM

Re: “Brighton supervisor Moehle calls for smaller Whole Foods Plaza

Nobody has been pointing out that peak grocery shopping hours do not coincide with rush hour congestion times. So, this Monroe Avenue bottleneck scare has been just that; a scare.

Whole Foods Plaza should be built, and perhaps one of the cheaper spin-off stores should be considered. 365 by Whole Foods Market would be a smarter, albeit less greed driven, choice. It would do better.

Amazon ownership of Whole Foods is probably something that keeps Wegmans executives up late into the night. Revolutionary changes to how we shop for food might be just around the corner. Hey, we all get that Wegmans has a flagship store to protect, but business is like war, and ultimately, you want to win the war.

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Posted by Michael Bruton on 03/16/2018 at 11:33 PM

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