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Pano's Buffalo
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Greek, Mexican, Pizza — Pano’s Former Location Has Housed it All! [BUFFALO: THEN AND NOW]

Most Buffalonians can recall Pano's humble beginnings before the huge remodel they did a few years back -- the brick-and-white-sided building, the bright blue awning, the cute, diner-y feel of it all. It was one of my favorite places to have lunch when I was finally allowed to leave school during senior year free periods (at Nardin, if you're wondering).

But do you remember Pano's before that?

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A Bird’s Eye View — South Buffalo in the 1930s [BUFFALO: THEN AND NOW]

Even though I hate flying, I love peeking out the window as the plane descends, just to see if I can pick out places I know. Plus, it's really cool to get a different, aerial view of things.

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Historic mill along Ellicott Creek in Williamsville (jamesheaney@Flickr)
Historic mill along Ellicott Creek in Williamsville (jamesheaney@Flickr)
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Bet You Didn’t Know These Facts About Amherst [BUFFALO: THEN AND NOW]

If you were around in 1798, you could have bought land in Amherst pretty cheap -- try $2 an acre! That’s what the Holland Land Company paid. Joseph Ellicott was one of the company’s agents, and his biggest job was to build roads to attract people from New England to Western New York.

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Oliver's Restaurant Boston Public Library Flickr
Boston Public Library, Flickr
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Oliver’s Restaurant — Updated, But Still Old School [BUFFALO: THEN AND NOW]

They say you shouldn't mess with a good thing, and while I've only been to Oliver's a couple times (it's expensive, and you didn't think I was gettin' rich from this gig, did you?), the restaurant clearly sticks to that saying -- at least when it comes to their decor.

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Greyhound Bus Terminal Buffalo NY
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Buffalo’s Old Greyhound Bus Terminal — An Example of Awesome Building Re-use [BUFFALO: THEN AND NOW]

Looking at the bottom half of the above postcard, can you tell what the old Greyhound Bus Terminal is today, in 2012? And, no, the answer is not "a pile of rubble" -- this puppy (ha, I'm punny!) is still (mostly) standing.

Here's a hint: This bus terminal was located a few blocks away from the current bus station on Ellicott Street, on Main Street.

Give up?

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Lafayette Square Buffalo NY
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The Buffalo Public Library in Lafayette Square Was SO PRETTY! [BUFFALO: THEN AND NOW]

Every day as I walk to and from my car, I pass the Buffalo Public Library's Central Branch, which is just across Lafayette Square from our dumpy little studio. It's clear from the old photo of the Square above that a very pretty, old building used to be where the library stands now -- but what was it?

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McKinley Monument
Joshua Sherurcij, Wikimedia Commons
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The McKinley Monument — How Dull Would Niagara Square Look Without It? [BUFFALO: THEN AND NOW]

Buffalo has the unfortunately designation of being the place where President William McKinley was assassinated (among other unfortunate designations we've received over the years). Fortunately, that misfortune (are you confused yet?) contributed a very recognizable landmark to our city.

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(dmealiffe, Flickr)
(dmealiffe, Flickr)
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The Central Terminal Will Make You Scream [BUFFALO: THEN AND NOW -- HAUNTED EDITION]

At the turn of the 20th century, Buffalo was a completely different city than it is today. It was the second-largest city in New York and on the Great Lakes (only second to New York City and Chicago, respectively) and 10th-largest city in the United States; everyone wanted to be in Buffalo.

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Downtown Buffalo aerial view gardener41 Flickr
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Downtown Buffalo Hasn’t Changed Much — At Least From the Sky [BUFFALO: THEN AND NOW]

I know, it seems crazy to say that downtown isn't that different from "the olden days" because, well, it is. For example, there are a lot fewer Model Ts and a lot more boarded-up buildings.

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Connecticut Street Armory
Pubdog, Wikimedia Commons
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The Connecticut Street Armory is Pretty Darn Sturdy [BUFFALO: THEN AND NOW]

When you look at these photos, what you can deduce is this: The 74th Regimental Armory, now known as the Connecticut Street Armory, is one sturdy building.

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