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This is Our Town

We’re announcing a new competition right here and now: Help us revamp this category. We need to start asking you all some different questions.

Sure, the first few categories change with the headlines. (Though not entirely: Bass Pro, the Peace Bridge, lack of jobs, and waterfront development are perennials.) But “Best Indoor Public Space” and “best Outdoor Public Space” are static. This is not a bad thing: Delaware Park and the Botanical Gardens are drop-dead lovely, and there’s no reason they should not be honored year after year.

But surely if we asked a new batch of questions, we’d find new corners of Western New York to fete. Seriously, help us out: Email suggestions to

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Most Over-covered Story of the Year

The crash of Flight 3407
Terrell Owens becomes a Bill
The economy
Barack Obama

Most Under-covered Story of the Year

The crash of Flight 3407
The beheading in Orchard Park
Corruption in City Hall and the Brown administration
Poverty and homelessness in Buffalo
Anything positive

Biggest Scandal/Bonehead Move of the Year

James Pitts’s waterfront hotel proposal
Eliot Spitzer caught with call girl
Bass Pro, or lack thereof
Marshawn Lynch’s hit-and-run
The handling of the Aud’s demolition

One Thing You Hope Will Happen This Year

More jobs come to Buffalo
A new Peace Bridge is built
The Bills do well
More waterfront development
The economy stabilizes

Best Annual Festival

Erie County Fair
Taste of Buffalo
Italian Festival
Allentown Art Festival
Elmwood Festival of the Arts

Best Annual Fundraiser

Ryan Miller’s Catwalk for Charity
Rock for Roswell
Variety Club Telethon
World’s Largest Disco

Best Indoor Public Space

Erie County Botanical Gardens
Albright-Knox Art Gallery
HSBC Arena
Burchfield-Penney Art Center
Shea’s Performing Arts Center

Best Outdoor Public Space

Delaware Park
The Erie Canal Terminus
Erie Basin Marina
Bidwell Parkway
Lafayette Square

Save This Building

Statler Towers
Central Terminal
HH Richardson complex
White Bros. Livery
Memorial Auditorium (alas...)

Tear This Building Down

What’s left of the Aud
As many abandoned houses as you can
City Hall
Convention Center
Main Place Mall

Best of Buffalo 2009 Nominations

Mysteries of BuffaloThe Way We EatThe Way We Drink
Where We ShopOur Kind of MusicThese are Our People
Our Culture, Great and SmallThis is Our Town

And the Winners Are...

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