Known as the "City of Light," Buffalo was the first city in the U.S. to light streets with electricity!
- Buffalo is one of only a handful of cities in the United States to boast five homes designed by the famous architect Frank Lloyd Wright!
- The world renowned landscape architect, Frederick Law Olmsted, who designed Central Park in New York City, designed Buffalo's park system -- the oldest coordinated parks and parkways in the United States.
- Ice Bikes of Buffalo are the first of their kind available for public rental in North America. Ride one at Canalside on a frozen replica of the Erie Canal, which once ended in Buffalo!
- Theodore Roosevelt was one of the only presidents to take the oath of office outside of the nation's capital. He did so in Buffalo in 1901; retrace his steps at the Theodore Roosevelt Inaugural National Historic Site.
- Buffalo has the largest collection of grain elevators in the world! They're being reinvented as art displays, performance spaces, and even a craft brewery. Check out 5 Ways to Explore Buffalo's Grain Elevators!
- More than 75 languages are native to children who attend Buffalo Public Schools. These include Karen, Somali, Nepail, Arabic, Burmese, Kurukh, Vietnamese, Swahili, Tigrinya and French.
- Mark Twain's original manuscript of The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn is on display in Buffalo's downtown library. Twain was a newspaper editor there.
- Chicken wings were first served at the Anchor Bar on Main Street in 1964!
- 28 million liters of water travel down Niagara Falls every second, which is important because 20% of drinking water in the US goes through Niagara River (which is technically a strait) over Niagara Falls!
- Hayes Hall, home of the UB School of Architecture & Planning, began in the 1870s as the Erie County Insane Asylum. It was later the county almshouse, and from 1920-1977, the administration building for UB. The building re-opened in 2016 after a 5-year, $44 million renovation.
- The University at Buffalo's School of Architecture & Planning turned 50 this year!
And, the DURP earned its first accreditation for the Master of Urban Planning program 30 years ago when UB hosted the 1988 ACSP conference!
- What was a still-emergent planning program at the University at Buffalo 30 years ago (with the bare minimum of 25 graduates) has now granted more than 600 MUP degrees, doubled the size of its faculty, added graduate specializations in historic preservation & real estate development, and launched a doctorate in planning.
- Upon completion, the Albright-Knox Gallery boasted 102 Greek columns, second only to the U.S. Capitol.
Join us in Buffalo, New York from October 25-28, for the ACSP Annual Conference. Click here to register!