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Building sweet buzz in an urban wasteland

The Globe and Mail has conducted a sweet profile on the Silo City honeybees, which can be viewed here. Writer Lisa Rochon recently explored some of Buffalo’s architecturally significant structures, including the Frank Lloyd Wright’s Gardener’s Cottage, and the grain silos and elevators of Silo City, but was surprisingly taken with an entirely different effort – the relocation of a colony of bees from an abandoned office building to a state-of-the-art metallic hive (shown here on BRO). A passage from the article reads:

Walking through the magnificent city of silos, keen to discuss ways that artists might be enticed to come work here, [Rick] Smith expresses his commitment to regenerating the site through small, meaningful gestures. “What better way to start than with beehives? You don’t need 400 master plans. This is small, but it works.”
That’s one of the greatest things about places like Silo City and Larkinville (as Rick so righteously points out). Whether it’s the small incremental steps are an all-out growth spurt, we are seeing progress on many levels. Silo City will experience organic growth, and will not need all of the legendarily (and often times useless) Master Plans, many of which never see the light of day. Small grassroots partnership projects like ‘Elevator B’ create a national buzz and inspire additional initiatives to unfold purely through passion – in this case the passionate parties are University at Buffalo and a rogue developer who is determined to buck the trend of appealing to the ‘powers that be’.

Written by queenseyes


Newell Nussbaumer is 'queenseyes' - Eyes of the Queen City and Founder of Buffalo Rising. Co-founder Elmwood Avenue Festival of the Arts. Co-founder Powder Keg Festival that built the world's largest ice maze (Guinness Book of World Records). Instigator behind Emerald Beach at the Erie Basin Marina. Co-created Flurrious! winter festival. Co-creator of Rusty Chain Beer. Instigator behind Saturday Artisan Market (SAM) at Canalside, Buffalo Porchfest, and Paint vs. Paint. Founder of The Peddler retro and vintage market on Elmwood. Instigator behind Liberty Hound @ Canalside. Throws The Witches Ball at Statler City, the Hertel Alley Street Art Festival, and The Flutterby Festival.

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