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A Buffalo Case Study: Can Architecture Bring a City Back?

I spent a good chunk of time this week, giving tours to people who were looking to ramp up on the latest, greatest Buffalo offerings. Touring Buffalo these days is not as easy as it used to be. Presently, the tours are bits and pieces of Buffalo’s revival, because it would take many moons to cover the entire city.

Fortunately, there is an article in that does a smashing job of delivering a whirlwind online tour of the city – the must sees, and even a must save, thrown in for good measure (there’s even a too late added, just to keep us in check.

Writer Alexandra Lange delivers the goods to those who are still just getting to know our little slice of paradise, from the slowly recovering parks system to RiverWorks. She gives a cautionary nod to Paul Rudolph’s Brutalist Shoreline Apartments, which are in constant peril of being completely demolished – Buffalo should at least save one example of the apartment complex, no? Sell one small section to a lover of brutalist architecture who would like to immortalize Rudolph’s creation.

Despite a couple of welcome jabs, Lange does this city justice with her account.

When you have some time, read and share this article. It’s insightful and on point.


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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