The Buffalo Belt Line is where Larkin soap, the Curtiss Jenny, and the Twinkie were made—products that helped shape America and provide employment to tens of thousands of Buffalonians. Largely forgotten until now, the Belt Line was as consequential as the Erie Canal and Interstate Highway System in shaping Buffalo’s economic destiny. Established in 1883, the 15 mile commuter and freight rail route connected dozens of daylight factories and helped create Buffalo’s first commuter suburbs. Today, millions of square feet of industrial space along the Belt Line are being converted to apartments, offices, breweries, and even a cidery. Join city planners, developers, and raconteurs as they uncover this resource, with stops at some of Buffalo’s foremost industrial heritage sites—Linde Air, Niagara Machine & Tool, Larkin Company, and the titanic Buffalo Central Terminal. Prepare to be stunned by vast spaces lit by monitor and sawtooth roofs and gantry crane hooks the size of an elephant, and see how brownfield and historic tax credits are fueling economic regeneration. A panel discussion will follow the bus tour.
Dress Code: Comfortable clothes and walking shoes.
Bus Departs: 8:00am
This course qualifies for HSW credit with AIA, ASLA and RCEP.
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