Buffalo’s Revival

In the article “Buffalo’s Revival,” by Samantha Kittinger, the research she did revolves around the transformation of space and music. Kittinger uses her ethnographic fieldwork from an eight-month study of Buffalo, New York’s abandoned spaces as a result of an economic decline.

Kittinger attributes Buffalo’s revival to young people, new ideas for old things. Her research, as an anthropology student at a Buffalo college, focuses on upcycling. Upcycling is a concept of taking something old, vintage, or that no longer holds its intended use and to create something new out of it.

Kittinger shows how old abandoned factories with grain elevators are now being used as video recording sessions for local musicians. Called the “Silo Sessions,” local talent is filmed in these abandoned grain elevators.

I agree with Ms. Kittinger that this is a way to showcase history along with preservation. In my own town, old factories have been converted to modern apartments. The space is different but the culture and architectural heritage has been preserved. As an anthropologist the author, through her research, has demonstrated the importance of upcycling. Maybe some other person reading this may think of new and insightful ideas about the use of old space.

Article used: http://www.anthropology-news.org/index.php/2015/03/27/buffalos-revival/

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  1. I did the same article as you in one of my blog entries. Isn’t this such a cool concept? Something that came to mind though is the question of what happens once the city is completely well off again. Will people lose this idea of “bringing the city back” and let the status plateau? On that note, how much of the old culture is influencing this new one? I’m not sure how many of the older citizens are active in this revival of the city, but if it’s a low number, this may not be much of a revival of the old Buffalo but possibly the creation of something new and only related because the buildings weren’t knocked down. Like, when I move out of my house, some of my culture will still be there, but the new residents probably won’t care and will most likely just be concerned with making their own new culture. I simply wonder if these new residents of Buffalo truly care about the previous life of the city they’ve migrated to.

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