Inspired by a reporter who recently paid a visit to Buffalo, and commented on how flabbergasted she was as she took in the colorful splendor of the city’s housing stock, I have decided to create a photo journal of a series of streets.
Reminiscent of the old “Steel” house montages that appeared on BRO back in the early days, this series is mostly taken from a casual observation standpoint, and not a historic critique of the respective neighborhood. I am hoping to cover a different street each week, taking photos of the houses, the gardens, and other objects of interest that tie a street together. The shots might depict the way the sun hits a particular home, a city flag flying from a facade, or a paint job underway.
These might not necessarily be the best houses according to how pricey or intact the structures look at the time. The image could reflect my mood, the weather, or the way an old tree accents the home. There will even be some ‘bookend’ structures highlighted that don’t actually front the street in question, but add to the strength of the street as a whole. The purpose of the exercise is to show the diversity of the structures, and the way they collectively tell a story of the city.
Today I have decided to feature a number of houses on Ashland Avenue, from Bryant to Summer. This small stretch of Ashland is jam-packed with a number of wonderful houses, each with distinct styles and appearances. The street is dotted with magnificent trees and gardens, and boasts some wonderful front porches, not to mention lush backyards. If you’re looking for a peaceful place to live in the heart of the city, close to the action of Elmwood Avenue, this would be it.