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Good Morning, Buffalo: As city targets Mohawk Ramp for redevelopment, some artists mourn a muse

Good Morning, Buffalo: As city targets Mohawk Ramp for redevelopment, some artists mourn a muse

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June 8, 2021 

Philip Borden

Philip Borden photographs from the roof of the parking ramp on Clinton Street in downtown Buffalo, Thursday, June 3, 2021. Borden photographs in and around Buffalo at night. He says he likes the moodiness of the lighting and enjoys how quiet it is at nighttime. 

As Buffalo targets Mohawk Ramp for redevelopment, some artists mourn a muse

I spent my first two years in Buffalo in an apartment overlooking the Mohawk Ramp. Most people wouldn't consider that view particularly scenic, but I loved it. On evenings and weekends, when the commuters cleared out, you could sometimes spy something interesting on the ramp's upper level: a wedding party, an impromptu fashion shoot, or – my personal favorite – the filming of a music video. 

When city officials announced plans to replace the ramp, I immediately wondered what would happen to all those fascinating, unexpected projects. To answer that question, I tracked down almost a dozen people who make art in and around downtown parking garages. They might just give you a new perspective on the ugliest buildings in Buffalo. 

– Caitlin Dewey



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