OURS Visits Buffalo

Students standing in a covered space lined with support columns
Students tour the industrial areas of Silo City with Jim Watkins (center-left, in a black baseball hat) who explains how the space is used for events and installations. photo / Angela Moreno-Long (B.S. URS '16)
Students and Ghimatzion on a residential street
Rahwa Ghirmatzion of PUSH Buffalo, second from the right, guides students through Green Development Zone. photo / Thomas J. Campanella
Students posing on a red caboose
OURS students gather on a railcar outside Silo City. photo / Kenneth Kalynchuk (B.S. URS '14)
Students tour the industrial areas of Silo City with Jim Watkins (center-left, in a black baseball hat) who explains how the space is used for events and installations. photo / Angela Moreno-Long (B.S. URS '16) Rahwa Ghirmatzion of PUSH Buffalo, second from the right, guides students through Green Development Zone. photo / Thomas J. Campanella OURS students gather on a railcar outside Silo City. photo / Kenneth Kalynchuk (B.S. URS '14)
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November 13, 2014

In late October, more than 30 students spent a day touring the historical legacy and changing urban landscapes of the city of Buffalo. The outing, which was hosted by the Organization of Urban and Regional Studies (OURS), was part of an annual series of field trips that takes undergraduate students from a variety of fields to a different northeast city each year. Students met community leaders that included Cornellians who are working in planning-related fields.

This year's trip included students from urban and regional studies, civil engineering, and architecture, and was organized by Angela Moreno-Long (B.S. URS '16) and Hannah Reichel (B.S. URS '17), the student leaders of OURS, and Thomas J. Campanella, associate professor and director of undergraduate studies for CRP.

Highlights included walking and driving tours of the local Olmsted parks with Brian Dold (M.L.A. '03) from the Buffalo Olmsted Parks Conservancy; lunch at the West Side Bazaar, a small business incubator directed by Ben Bissell (M.R.P. '14); a tour of the Green Redevelopment Zone with Rahwa Ghirmatzion and Jenifer Kaminsky of PUSH Buffalo, a membership-based community organization engaged in affordable housing and community development; a visit with Jim Watkins of Silo City to the historic waterfront grain elevators now used for art installations, performances, and other events; and a walking tour of downtown led by Campanella, who describes Buffalo as an extraordinary living museum of American architecture and urbanism.

"This trip to Buffalo was a great way for students to see tangible impacts and outcomes of urban planning and related fields," says Moreno-Long. "Many students are not familiar with the Northeast and they write off Rust Belt cities, but seeing the incredible progress PUSH Buffalo has made and the exciting opportunities at Silo City was really inspiring."

By Rebecca Bowes