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SURFACE – “Buffalo, New York, Is Staging a Comeback”

The city’s dynamic architectural past is fueling its transformation.

It’s a new day in Buffalo, that is for sure. It seems as if each new day, each new hour, brings with it a newfound sense of excitement and wonder. What’s around the next development corner? What’s the next big public work of art? What’s happening at the waterfront? Canalside? Chandler Street? On Niagara Street?

We are fortunate enough to see this evolving progress unfold in front of us, day in and day out. Can you imagine being an architecture writer for a magazine like SURFACE? The Visit Buffalo Niagara (VBN) media relations team pitched writer Courtney Kenefick last fall, and then hosted her in April. Kenefick came away from Buffalo with a sense of pride, not wonder, mainly because, it turns out, she’s a native of this city and makes return trips to check out the progress that is underway. 

Throughout the article, Kenefick does a wonderful job of telling the Buffalo story. She included native Buffalonian entrepreneur Jeffrey Gundlach’s $42.5 million to the Albright-Knox for the new expansion project. She also made mention of this city’s exploding kombucha scene. She covered public art, such as Shantell Martin’s newest mural (lead image), Dance Everyday, located at 537 East Delavan Avenue (see here), as well as Martin’s solo show exhibit in the AK sculpture court titled Someday We Can (see here). 

In the article, Kenefick explore the grain silos, the Richardson-Olmsted Campus, Canalside, and The Martin House, while posting some terrific photos along the way. Be sure to pass this article along to fans of the Buffalo renaissance. If you do, it will go a long way towards helping to tell the story of this city’s rebirth.

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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