Image by Dawn M. Gibson Photography
Spring is finally here! Although it is still a bit chilly, my hometown city of Buffalo has officially said goodbye to winter by lifting out the ice boom out of the mouth of the Niagara River. Every year at this time (for the past 11 years) many people come together to celebrate. This is the second year that Boom Days has been held at the historic grain elevators, also known as Silo City. They have food trucks, poetry readings, live music, site tours and fireworks. I have never gone to one of these events, and either has my good friend Dawn, so we grabbed our men and went exploring! :-)
Walking around this historic site provoked many different emotions, it was exciting but at the same time so eerie. This part of Buffalo has been left vacant but back in the early 1900's Buffalo was a booming industrial city and one of the largest grain-milling centers in the country. It's sad to think that everything we once were, we're not anymore. There is hope though! This city is trying so hard to bring jobs back, transform our waterfront and to use the existing historic sites for future business' and recreation. At Silo City there are even plans to transform this site into a rocking climbing center!
It was such a fun night exploring, and although Buffalo usually gets a bad wrap for being the city of snow and lack of jobs, I love it. When I was younger, I always said I wanted to move, but as I get older, I love this city more and more. Theres so much history, architecture, art, food and potential here! Check out the video below... this is my city! :-)