CITY SECTION
In the front of the magazine from now on,
we are exploring different aspects of Western
New York life, business, and politics each issue,
along with our political humor column, and our
“Bflo Days” spotlight on local scenes.
By Ron Ehmke, Anna Hausmann,

and the Guy on the 13th Floor.


HAPPY TO
BE HERE

For this special feature, we looked for people who have made a conscious choice to call Buffalo home. Either they moved away, planning to make a career elsewhere, but came back; or they came here from somewhere else, and ended up loving it. In twenty-five profiles, Spree writers ask their subjects why they like living here, what they think could change, and what are the main attractions that keep them here. An additional essay explores one man’s culture shock after leaving WNY.
By Devon Dams-O’Connor, Lisa Kane, Julianna Jacoby-Patronski, Brian Lampkin, Elizabeth Licata, Barry A. Muskat, Phil Nyhuis, Jay Pawlowski, Jeannine Pitas, Christopher Schobert, Maria Scrivani, Chris Stucchio, and Catherine Young.

DENTISTRY IN
THE 21st CENTURY

There’s a lot happening in the world of dentistry. Not only is the technology changing and improving at an amazing rate, but even the amenities are getting more amenable.
By Donna Evans and Phil Nyhuis.

THE BEST AND WORST OF 2005
Our selective look back at the year in arts, culture, and politics WNY-style.
By Bruce Eaton, Ron Ehmke, Elizabeth Licata, Darwin McPherson, and Chris Stucchio.

INFO @ SPREE/CALENDAR
Maps and family trees at the downtown library, church tours, wing wisdom, and more.
By Devon Dams-O’Connor, Ron Ehmke, Kevin Hosey, and Jennifer Wettlaufer

ARTS
Books: Native Son
By R. D. Pohl
Art Preview: Surrealist-inspired play
By Bruce Adams
Events: Holiday happenings
By Ron Ehmke
Preview: Sue O’Neil on bad dates
By Elizabeth Licata
Architecture Up Close
By Dan Mika with Chuck LaChiusa

LIVING
Great Indoors: 800 West Ferry
By Barry A. Muskat; photos by Jim Bush
It’s a Living: James Downing
By Maria Scrivani
Gardening: Good green gifting
By Elizabeth Licata
Gadget Planet: Sports stuff
By William C. Altreuter and Catherine Berlin
Fitness Watch: holiday feasts, old-style
By Bruce Adams
Vanity Wars
By “Faith” and “Ambrose"

FOOD
Restaurants: La Scala, O’Connell’s Hourglass
By Alan Bedenko; photos by Jim Bush
Wine: To be the very model...
By Mark Criden
Kitchen Stories: Bread, part three
By Joe George
The Foodies: Mexican mayhem
By Vicki G. Marshall and Margaret M. Toohey