The city of Buffalo, N.Y., has been called one of the country’s best-kept architectural secrets and a “textbook” for modern American buildings. This metropolis, which thrived in the 19th and early 20th century as a transportation and industrial center, boasts buildings by H. H. Richardson, Frank Lloyd Wright, Louis Sullivan, Eliel and Eero Saarinen, Stanford White, and Daniel Burnham—plus the nation’s first park and parkway system, which was created by Frederick Law Olmsted.
But like other Rust Belt cities, Buffalo has suffered from economic decline, depopulation, and neighborhoods in distress. This issue of Forum Journal will look at how preservation and community advocates are helping to turn these problems around, employing the city’s historic assets to revitalize its economy, attract visitors, and provide jobs and hope for residents.
It opens with a discussion of the city’s history, current challenges (such as the proposed expansion of the Peace Bridge border crossing that will devastate nearby historic neighborhoods), and positive steps for preservation and community revitalization. Other articles explore the city’s historic urban park system and the planning and preservation work of its nonprofit stewards; the city’s impressive collection of Frank Lloyd Wright buildings and current efforts to revive them; a massive undertaking to rehabilitate 48 historic city schools; and creative, community-based neighborhood redevelopment strategies. Table Of Contents:
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