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Buffalo at the CrossroadsThe Past, Present, and Future of American Urbanism$
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Peter H. Christensen

Print publication date: 2020

Print ISBN-13: 9781501749766

Published to Cornell Scholarship Online: May 2021

DOI: 10.7591/cornell/9781501749766.001.0001

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Of Silo Dreams and Deviant Houses

Of Silo Dreams and Deviant Houses

Uneven Geographies of Abandonment in Buffalo, New York

(p.63) Chapter 3 Of Silo Dreams and Deviant Houses
Buffalo at the Crossroads

Julia Tulke

Cornell University Press

This chapter describes the interior of Marine A, one of Buffalo's many disused grain elevators that is saturated with visual interventions animating the barren space. It talks about small graffiti tags that occupy concrete walls and rusty metal chutes, spray-painted portraits of fantastical creatures wrap around columns, and a sculptural constellation of cogwheels is suspended from the ceiling of a silo shaft. It also mentions a series of chalk drawings depicting a landscape of miniature grain elevators that is connected to the ground by a dense networks of roots. The chapter examines epithets that have been assigned to Buffalo in past eras, which gesture toward Buffalo's economic prowess at the beginning of the twentieth century and later to its state of industrial decline. It captures the poetic melancholia of Buffalo's postindustrial landscape of decay and abandonment.

Keywords:   Buffalo, grain elevators, silo shaft, postindustrial decline, postindustrial landscape

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