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Buffalo in the ’70s

Yesterday I posted a slideshow that Giovanni Centurione compiled, showing images from Buffalo in the 1960s. It was after posting, that Gio sent along another video that he had uploaded to YouTube. This time, the slides tell the tale of the 1970s, when things were a bit grittier than the decade before. The general picture shows a Buffalo that is much more forlorn and down and out.

In this transitioning Buffalo, there are numerous boarded up storefronts, seedier streets, and a feeling of gloom. It was during these years that we lost a lot of our buildings, along with morale. There was widespread disinvestment in Downtown Buffalo, and the city in general.

The slides have plenty of tales to tell – certain urban elements that were on their way out, and others that were being introduced. I love that there was still a Deco Restaurant. Did you catch the Boost Buffalo sign? It was a different time to be sure…

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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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