This would not be big news in any city with a bustling economy. It’s major news here.
A bunch of people showed today up to a tent in a vacant lot and applauded everything and anyone and proclaimed that the new Kaleida Global Vascular Institute is the best thing to happen to Buffalo since sliced bread.
10 politicians participated, so you know this was big. The upside to this event was irresistible, even though most politicians hate sharing the limelight with other politicians. That alone was telling: This gathering was unique.
The downside is that it is unique. Groundbreaking ceremonies for 300 million dollar projects are almost once in a lifetime occurrences in Western New York. That put an edge on this celebration that I found discomforting. All these people taking and giving credit, celebrating the all-too-rare win.
Well, that party’s over. I wish for our political leaders not to bask inebriated-like in the glow of the Vascular Institute – as if this one building demonstrates how much they’ve accomplished – and instead get to work on the next project, and the next one after that.