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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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Putting the Rust in Rust Belt

Putting the Rust in Rust Belt

Architectural Tourism and Industrial Heritage

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(p.131) Chapter 6 Putting the Rust in Rust Belt
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Buffalo at the Crossroads
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Annie Schentag

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Cornell University Press
DOI:10.7591/cornell/9781501749766.003.0007

This chapter analyses the Buffalo-Niagara region that boasts an incredibly rich architectural heritage as a cornerstone of the area's attempts to rebrand itself as a tourist destination. It places Buffalo in the midst of a so-called renaissance, and urban planners, real estate developers, and city boosters, which identify historic architecture and tourism as key components to urban revitalization. It also mentions architectural tours that have been instrumental in identifying Buffalo as a place with momentum for the first time in decades. The chapter talks about the press that generates both local and outsider interest in Buffalo's architectural heritage, which was evidenced by popular articles in the New York Times, the Guardian, and USA Today. It recounts the long historical tradition of architectural tourism at industrial sites in the Buffalo-Niagara region at the turn of the twentieth century.

Keywords:   Buffalo-Niagara region, renaissance, urban revitalization, architectural tours, architectural heritage

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