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Here’s the deal, the City of Buffalo has approximately 1500 streets.  We drive, bike and walk over them every day.  Do you ever stop to think why Bird Street is called that?  (HINT:  It’s not because there were birds there)  Do you ever wonder why the Fruit Belt streets are named after Fruits?  I’ll be the first to admit, I’m a huge nerd when it comes to Buffalo history, and as an urban planner, I’m interested in discovering how cities grow and develop over time.  I take pride in knowing a lot about Buffalo’s heritage and history (I volunteer at the historical society, shameless plug).  I think it’s important to know where we came from in order to know where we’re going collectively as a city.    But sometimes I wonder, how did our streets get their names? (more…)

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