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Hamilton Spectator Sets Out on a 10-Day Rust Belt Roadtrip

Spectator reporter Amy Kenny and photographer John Rennison recently spent ten days traveling to nearby Rust Belt cities to see what they could come away with. Hamilton is a city that is searching for new ways to diversify and reinvent itself. The city has the bones to do it, just as Buffalo does. During their trip to Buffalo, I was fortunate to be able to tour the pair around.

We started on the West Side of the city, and ended up down at the waterfront. After the tour was over, Amy and John turned to me and stated that they were both impressed at how far Buffalo had come. Until the trip to Buffalo, they shared the same belief that this city was still wallowing around in its Rust Belt misery. You can read about their adventures in a week-long The Spectator series that appears in print and online.

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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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