I've spent a good deal of time exploring and photographing this part of Buffalo with artists and photographers from Berlin to San Francisco. Really amazing space. The industrial landscape is fading away and the last remaining physical elements of this place - a place that is so infused with the City's ethos and industrial past and promise - are being reduced to dust or shipped off to China as scrap, right now. Globally there are some amazing models out there including Emscher Park in Germany that could be embraced here and now when thinking about this space and planning its future use.
...you can see the land in question encompasses both Tifft, the Buffalo River and the lands surrounding the grain elevators - elements unique to Buffalo's connection to the past and future. One only has to take a boat down the Buffalo River on a summer day to see the potential of this place. 1900 acres is a lot of land.
As the article asks - what kind of city do we want? A city with access to our resources? A city that serves it's citizens? A city that serves the special interests of a few? A city that can move into the future with vision rather than short-sightedness? Without public input who will decide?
It may be that we have become so feckless as a people that we no longer care how things do work, but only what kind of quick, easy outer impression they give. If so, there is little hope for our cities or probably for much else in our society. But I do not think this is so.Meeting begins at 5:30pm at the Buffalo Irish Center, 245 Abbott Road.
- Jane Jacobs, The Death And Life of Great American Cities, 1961