by Doug Sitler

RichmondAveBuffalo is loaded with great streets – avenues that exude character and establish a tremendous sense of place. I am so thankful that I live in a community that is far from cookie-cutter design. Streets such as Elmwood Avenue, Delaware Avenue, Hertel Avenue, and Bidwell Parkway, often and deservingly, capture the most attention from residents and guests. A street that I drive, or ride my bike, on every day is majestic Richmond Avenue – a little brother of sorts to nearby Elmwood and Delaware avenues.

One of the most distinctive characteristics of the 1.8-mile Richmond Avenue is that the street is bookend with the H.H. Richardson Towers on the northern end, and the tall spire of the First Presbyterian Church and the world-class Kleinhans Music Hall at Symphony Circle on the southern end. The tower’s high perch creates a sentinel effect, as if they are watching down on the avenue. The lane also contains three, beautifully landscaped traffic circles, which hark back to the European-street grid that influenced Buffalo’s street design.

For people who love to ride bikes, Richmond Avenue is an oasis in the middle of the city. Back in the early 1990’s, the city eliminated a driving lane, and replaced it with bike lanes on both sides of the street. Taking the street’s bike lanes offer a safe and relaxing ride – which allows for more opportunities to absorb the tremendous Victorian-era houses along the street.

Whether you’re riding a bike, cruising in a car, or using your feet, Richmond Avenue is a quiet little gem that will produce an enjoyable and authentic Buffalo experience. To learn more about the street and view some interesting historical photos, visit www.buffaloah.com

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