Photo Credit: Tony Cenicola/The New York TimesA photo of downtown Buffalo.
The Times had a great piece yesterday on Buffalo’s architectural legacy, and recent attempts to save historic buildings:
Buffalo is home to some of the greatest American architecture of the late 19th and early 20th centuries, with major architects like Henry Hobson Richardson, Frederick Law Olmsted, Louis Sullivan and Frank Lloyd Wright building marvels here. Together they shaped one of the grandest early visions of the democratic American city.
Yet Buffalo is more commonly identified with the crumbling infrastructure, abandoned homes and dwindling jobs that have defined the Rust Belt for the past 50 years. And for decades its architecture has seemed strangely frozen in time.
There is also an accompanying slide show, from which the photo above was taken.
Full disclosure: I’m originally from Buffalo.