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2013 was my best year yet. Jason and I got engaged! We purchased five houses and two vacant lots. I was honored to be in the NYTimes, Buffalo Spree, Buffalo News, Buffalorising, Design Sponge and front page of NIagara Gazette for the preservation and house rehabilitation work that we do in Buffalo. I spoke at TEDXBuffalo which was an insane experience. Jason and I visited Nantucket twice. We partied in NYC at the DFA 12 anniversary party. We drove across the country and spent the summer with Lynette & Max in Buffalo. I was honored to be chosen as the Co Vice Chair of the NESEA Building Energy conference for 2014 and the Chair for 2015. I started and finished up Women Elect, too. Jason and I really became best friends. We grew and expanded friendships with many great people, watched his nephews grow a bit older, learned how we work together and loved a little harder.
Anyhow, so much awesomeness. 2014 is going to be insane. It has already started off crazy with a Donn Esmonde PIece, a Buffalo Spree article and the chicken wing interview with Mo Rocca. We are working hard on several projects and have many irons in the fire. We are planning our wedding (July 2014!) and we should be wrapping up our rehabs this year and expanding Buffalove a little bit!!
Life is truly how you make it. Determination is key. But I will always say that i am just one of thelucky ones. The harder you work, the luckier you are.
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Join the Buffalo’s Young Preservationists on Saturday, Feb 1st at 10am for our third annual heart bombs for preservation event! (FACEBOOK LINK)
Each year we (BYP) get together and use craft supplies to create hearts for vacant buildings that we want to see saved in 2014. It may be “cute” but this is a great way to educate the public about the Vacancy Vortex and that demolition is not the only answer. This year we will be joined with cities around the country who have stepped up to heart bomb their vacant buildings.
10am starts the fun at Preservation Buffalo Niagara’s office in the Market Arcade. (Thank you PBN for space!!) We will provide snacks, crafts and coffee. Please bring any crafts supplies you may have and glue/scissors.
Preservation Buffalo Niagara
Suite 201, 617 Main Street
Buffalo, New York 14203
Wow. I’m a lucky lady! I just ate wings with Mo Rocca, Lance Diamond and Thurman Thomas.
The goal was to explain to Mo Rocca how to properly eat a Buffalo wing and why they are important to Buffalo and to the Superbowl. Mo is a very very funny and down to earth guy! Mr. Thurman Thomas is a pro wing eater and his dedication to Buffalo is very strong. And Lance… Lance Diamond was and always will be the King of Charisma and Soul. We had a great time talking about wings, blue cheese and Buffalo! The show will air Superbowl Sunday on CBS.
Buffalo Spree Covers Buffalove Development’s Preservation Win! (<— Link!)
This is an exciting piece for us. It launches our newest purchase – a 1860’s brick cottage that we rescued from the brink of demolition. Jason saw it on the preservation agenda because they asked for a demolition permit – citing that nothing about it was historic. (What!?!?!) This 1860’s brick cottage is 1500 square feet of awesome. After a series of negotiations, the purchase price totaled $1. It has a new roof, a new furnace and it is gutted, exposing the brick and the 150 years of changes overtime. Even in its gutted state, it’s a beauty. Its layout is simple and its size is manageable. Unlike our other properties, this one will be our home!
Buffalo Spree will be doing a set of articles on this house, following our rehab process to explain how preservation and energy efficiency will come together to provide a rehab that is cost effective, forward thinking and inspiring for others as they venture through the rehab process! Thank you to Gwen Ito and the Buffalo Spree crew for covering this story.
You can check the article out here: http://www.buffalospree.com/Buffalo-Spree/January-2014/Developing-Radle-and-Wilson/
Photo taken this summer when we purchased the building by Christina Laing!
Photo in the Buffalo Spree article by the wonderful KC Kratt!