When national bloggers come to Buffalo to learn about our grain elevators – it’s a big deal.
Chris Hawley and Chuck Banas took Max from the Urbanologist blog around last weekend to see the potential, the excitement and the DIY grain elevator art movement that is transforming how we view the grain elevators in the Queen City. This is a BIG DEAL. Buffalo has a lot of grain elevators and we have started to really embrace them. And it’s not just the younger generation that cares, people of all ages come to the grain elevators in Buffalo to experience these sleepy gentle giants.
Here are a couple photos I snapped this weekend while attending the BOOM DAYS celebration at the grain elevators aka Silo City.
Buffalo’s grain elevators are something that we should be proud of and celebrate more often. This was the first time I have seen hundreds of people come out to tour these gentle giants. One of the tour guides commented that a woman cried when learning about the grain elevators and expressed the true desire and need for these structures to come back to life.
Touring, drinking, dancing and having a giant party in the Perot grain elevator is a solid sign that we Buffalonians are really starting to understand the importance of celebrating and enjoying our historic built environment – even if its in a state of inactivity and decay. Buffalo’s second skyline is truly unique, something you may find in Europe but rarely found in the United States. What a dream come true and what a great place to call home.
Buffalo may seem gritty, old and dull but it’s industrial fashion is really unique and stands out and above the most. Buffalo’s best skyline is the one people rarely see: the rustic, beautiful yet almost forgotten, grain elevator alley along the Buffalo River.
These are some pictures taken this week by either myself or my friend Jason that highlight Buffalo’s grain elevators, the belt line and the beautiful East Side. Buffalo is really an incredible place.