In the days following the May 14 massacre in Buffalo, lots of claims about the extent of racial segregation appeared in the media.We are the most segregated city in America, some said. We’re the 4th or 6th most segregated. We’re the 17th. Which is it?
Are there drawings and plans for my house? This page attempts to answer that question.
Anyone up for crowdsourcing Buffalo-area place names? By which I mean neighborhood nicknames such as Elmwood Village or The Hooks.
On the evening on August 31, 1924, shots rang out in front of 128 Durham Street, near Delavan and Grider in Buffalo. Moments later, Special Officer Edward C. Obertean lay mortally wounded; Klansman Thomas Austin was dead; and a Ku Klux Klan recruiter, or Kleagle, had a gunshot wound in the groin. Armed warfare hadContinue reading “Buffalo Takes on the Ku Klux Klan”
It is easy to dismiss Buffalo as the poster child of urban decrepitude and dysfunction. It is also wrong.
Originally published in Buffalo Spree, July-August 2006, p. 150. Illustration from Ausgeführte Bauten und Entwüürfe von Frank Lloyd Wright. Perspective, ground and floor plans for the Waller Workmen’s Cottages. Plate XL (40). Published by Ernst Wasmuth A.-G., Berlin, 1910. Most architecturally-aware Buffalonians know how the Darwin Martin-Frank Lloyd Wright friendship led to commissions for the now-demolishedContinue reading “Build the Larkin Rowhouses”
Parks officials were mortified at the malfeasance. The Soldiers’ and Sailors’ Monument in Lafayette Square was cracking and crumbling only six years after its erection in 1882 during the city’s semi-centennial year. A structural review was undertaken, revealing careless workmanship throughout the foundation of the monument. The core of rubble and mortar was inadequate to the taskContinue reading “The Old Curiosity Shop: McDonnell and Sons Monument Company”
In the old David Letterman format, these are the ten most bogus urban legends about Buffalo & its history: 10. Buffalo has the longest, coldest, snowiest, harshest, worst winters in America. 9. Every house in Buffalo was photographed during the Pan-American Exposition and the Buffalo History Museum has the pictures. 8. The “Historical Society” or the “Preservation Society”Continue reading “Top Ten Urban Legends in Buffalo”