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Buffalo's reborn Canalside pulses with energy year-round

Buffalo's reborn Canalside pulses with energy year-round

Back in the day, the Erie Canal turned Buffalo into a bustling bastion of industry and commerce — until trains and automobiles rendered the canal obsolete.

Today, the city is in the throes of more transformation, shaking off its Rust Belt past and embracing the waterways that helped build it. Nowhere is this change more obvious than in the buzzy area called Canalside.

"Just a decade ago, the waterfront was a place to be avoided, a desolate brownfield strewn with garbage and weeds, concrete rubble and haphazard fencing," says Robert Gioia, chairman of the Erie Canal Harbor Development Corp., or ECHDC. "Now, Canalside is the jewel of the city, alive with...

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