Buffalo working to hold onto history as it moves forward

BUFFALO, N.Y. (WIVB) — Buffalo’s resurgence is no secret. The city is working to move forward, rebuilding and refurbishing architecture and all around the area.

“If we don’t remember our history we will make the same mistakes over and over again,” said Jessie Fisher, the Executive Director for Preservation Buffalo Niagara.

Buffalo, a city with strong industrial and waterway roots, is working to hold onto those as they move forward. Fisher points to Canalside and Silo City as proof of that.

“This is an authentic place that builds on its history,” said Fisher. “They’re looking at the history to help it build on its future.”

Residents say holding onto the history while building anew gives the Queen City charm.

“It’s a huge resurgence and revamping old buildings anything like that- is a great thing to see,” said David Lewandowski, a lifelong Buffalonian.

“I don’t think it’s taking away from buffalo at all,” said Meghan Lafferty. “I think it’s building and improving on what we have here. its a little bit of everything for everyone.”

Fisher says it’s important to include everyone and every aspect of the city during this resurgence. She says neighborhood and religious establishments are falling behind while other parts of the city are seeing huge improvements and investments.

“The fight isn’t over,” said Fisher. “We’re at a great positive place where people have really discovered that heart of Buffalo is in its historic architecture but we have work to do.”


Everyone can help contribute to preserving Buffalo’s history. Fisher says the Preservation Buffalo Niagara group is always looking for unique stories to share about areas around Buffalo. You can find out more information on how to contact them here.

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