The following excerpt is from an article written by Kaid Benfield, director of the Sustainable Communities and Smart Growth program at the Natural Resources Defense Council. The entire article is published in the online journal, The Atlantic Cities.
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Buffalo's Decrepit Train Station Becomes the City's Newest ClassroomThanks to residents with skill, dedication and vision, Buffalo, New York is getting a sophisticated demonstration of natural ecology on a site next to the city’s majestic but abandoned Central Terminal, now being restored.
As I have written before, Buffalo has struggled in recent decades but has a rich architectural legacy to build upon as it crafts its future. The art deco landmark Buffalo Central Terminal is certainly part of that legacy: built in 1929 to handle 3200 rail passengers per hour, the terminal with its 15-story office tower was closed in 1979. It fell into such major repair that it was repeatedly used as a site for episodes of the Ghost Hunters TV show.
It is now being restored under a master plan supervised by the Central Terminal Restoration Corporation, whose website describes its potential: