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Press Pass: Reimagining row houses on Florida Street

Buffalo Rising

At the corner of Florida Street and Spillman Place are seven row houses. "They're awesome," was the description of the century-old structures offered by Buffalo Rising co-founder George Johnson despite their current, underused condition.

According to Johnson, Canisius College initially purchased the buildings for student and faculty housing. Now, they provide storage space. That languishing status stands in contrast to nearby projects like the Mattress Factory Lofts and the redevelopment of Record Theater.

The matter is the subject of "The Canisius 7," one of Buffalo Rising's  "BR60" video features. The goal of the features, Johnson says, is "tell me a story that actually means something in 60 seconds."

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Jay joined Buffalo Toronto Public Media in 2008 and has been local host for NPR's "Morning Edition" ever since. In June, 2022, he was named one of the co-hosts of WBFO's "Buffalo, What's Next."

A graduate of St. Mary's of the Lake School, St. Francis High School and Buffalo State College, Jay has worked most of his professional career in Buffalo. Outside of public media, he continues in longstanding roles as the public address announcer for the Buffalo Sabres of the National Hockey League and as play-by-play voice of Canisius College basketball.