When I started this little neighborhood blog three years ago - October 2004 - I could not have imagined the response, reaction and readership that I've received. I've met some amazing and totally tuned in people that i could have only met here because of this little neighborhood blog. Yet, I'm continuously reminded of the need for a sustained critique of this place. Sure it's raw, very quiet and increasingly more vacant and as at one new fixBuffalo fan has commented - Buffalo resembles New York City in the 70's more than any other place they've been.
Significant development here in this neighborhood on the City's near East side - including the Merriweather Library, Artspace and the new Arts Academy - since I started blogging, which is all really amazing. Yet the persistant wholesale hollowing out of the neighborhoods, backed up by recent Postal Service data referencing trends in undeliverable addresses is not getting the attention in the local 'sphere or print media. Wrote about it - Undeliverable, "No One Home" - in May. Just heard from another fixBuffalo reader that only NO one from the City of Buffalo - the people that need this the most - attended the recent ReClaiming Conference sponsored by the National Vacant Properties Campaign, last week in Pittsburgh. Heavily attended by folks from other cities.
After three years, I've decided to take a break from the regular and resource rich posting that many of my readers have come to expect. I'll probably sneak in few posts as there are some significant new developments with Transfiguration Church and over on Coe Place and will keep tabs on the Woodlawn Row House which were just sold at auction, too.
I'll be back soon, I'm sure with a slightly different take on what's still (not) happening here in Buffalo. This may include some extended work on a variety of macro issues - Buffalo as decentralized back-office and a critical (re) examination and role of the Albright-Knox in developing Buffalo as part of the expanding global art scene. Buffalo as exurb for expanding population of the Niagara Peninsula and Toronto as well as pied-a-tier for New York crowd all augurs well for the future here and represent a few of the strategic advantages that may push the agenda forward. You can interviews and podcasts that intersect the artistic, cultural and political agenda of the people who desire to make Buffalo home - for four days or forever.
In the meantime, if you haven't scoped Writing the City, check it out. I've been collecting links to various critiques of Buffalo. Got to read what Soundlab's Craig Reynolds has been saying for like forever and Bernard-Henri Lévy and Diana Dillaway, too. If you've been stopping by here on occasion or more frequently you should know what these people are saying...
Artspace • BAVPA • Tour d'Neglect - 2007 • Woodlawn Row Houses • faq • my flickr
the creativity exchange • CEOs for Cities