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TV Show Will be Buffalo “Lovefest”

The Buffalo News reports The Travel Channel will feature Buffalo this summer in an hour-long show that has yet to be named.

The show’s host told the paper:

“It kind of awes me that much of the country, like myself, is in the dark as far as what Buffalo means in the evolution of the United States. Buffalo was such a profound part of this nation. If I can do a television show that has any part in teaching that, that’s terrific.”

The series features places that are off-limits to the general public, such as the city’s old grain elevators.

Buffalo is one of 13 cities being filmed for the first season of the series; other cities include LA, San Francisco, New York and Seattle, according to the paper.

If you are a fan of The Queen City’s beauty, make sure you check out these previous Rust Wire posts that showcase its amazing architecture: here, here and here.

Sounds like it will be an interesting show!

-KG

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Businessweek on ‘The Fall of Niagara Falls’

Really interesting article in this week’s Bloomberg Businessweek about Niagara Falls, New York, and some of the problems it faces despite being next to what is litterally one of the largest tourist attractions in the world.

The article details how Niagara Falls

“encompasses just about every mistake a city could make… a 1960s mayor’s decision to bulldoze his quaint downtown and replace it with a bunch of modernist follies. There was a massive hangar-like convention center designed by Philip Johnson; Cesar Pelli’s glassy indoor arboretum, the Wintergarden, which was finally torn down because it cost a fortune to heat through the Lake Erie winter; a shiny office building known locally as the “Flashcube,” formerly the headquarters of a chemical company and now home to a trinket market. Once a hydropowered center of industry, Niagara Falls is now one of America’s most infamous victims of urban decay, hollowed out by four decades of job loss, mafia infiltration, political corruption, and failed get-fixed-quick schemes.”

My take-away after reading this article: cities can’t look for ‘silver bullet’ fixes. Convention center. Giant mall. Casinos. Sounds like Niagara Falls has tried everything with little success.

A new mayor has made some folks optimistic, the story explains, by promoting eco-tourism and trying to attract companies that specialize in alternative energy.

What do you think after reading this story?

I’ve been to the Falls a number of times, but always to the Canadian side, never to the New York side.

-KG

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Buffalo Artist Uses Material Salvaged from Demolitions

Take a look at the pieces created by Buffalo artist Dennis Maher using materials salvaged from demolished buildings.

The Baltimore native came to Buffalo eight years ago and finds the city to be a very inspiring place, he said in an interview with Rust Wire.

“There are very few places where I could do the kind of work I’m doing here,” working with debris, Maher said.

When he first came to Buffalo, he worked on a demolition crew to earn extra income.

His interest in demolition has different aspects, he said: the physicality of it, the political aspect of it as a development strategy, and as a process of erasure.

His art is being displayed at the Burchfield Penney Art Center in Buffalo (second photo from top) and was recently shown at the Black & White Project Space in Brooklyn (top photo).

Maher is a full-time faculty member in the department of architecture at the University at Buffalo, part of The State University of New York.

Want to know more?

Here’s a piece the Buffalo ArtVoice wrote about one of his exhibits several years ago and here’s something from Buffalo Rising about an exhibit last year.

-KG

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Renn: “Buffalo, You Are Not Alone”

dsc_0175b-thumb-505xauto-11091From Buffalo Rising: Read Urbanophile Aaron Renn‘s pep talk to Buffalo.

(Though many people in Buffalo already know how cool it is!)

-KG

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Are We Suffering from Too Much Retail?

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That’s Bruce Fisher’s question, posed in this piece for Buffalo’s alt-weekly Artvoice.

What do you think?

-KG

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The Future of the City

The Atlantic magazine has a special section on ‘The Future of the City.’

There’s  lot of really interesting stuff here, from local currencies to Robert Moses.

-KG

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A Look at Sprawl in Buffalo

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Here’s a good visual on what sprawl looks like – and its economic impact – from the folks at Buffalo Rising.

It’s a bit old but I wanted to link to it anyhow. I can’t say it better than they did – “Three times the stuff – fewer people.”

-KG

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