Buffalo is experiencing a Renaissance of messaging right now. The stories told about the city right now are vivacious, demonstrating its vibrant history and highlighting its current potential. I understand that this city was the punchline of many jokes during my childhood, but I do not remember. Buffalo is a city of current potential and a rich history. The marketers are on the first, and the historians are on the second.
Let me introduce you to one of my favorite blogs about Buffalo’s history. It’s about the history behind the city’s foundation: the STREETS.
Angela Keppel, an urban planner and history enthusiast, thoroughly documents the history behind some of Buffalo’s streets. It’s a fascinating blog, complete with lots of lovely images of Buffalo in her yesteryears. Keppel thoroughly researches each street. Recently Ms. Keppel finished a series about Canalside and I recommend checking it out.
I had the chance to discuss the blog with Ms. Keppel. The backstory is as interesting as many of the streets’ stories
Positive Buffalo: Where did you get the idea for the blog, or the idea to make this bit of history into a blog?
Angela Keppel: It all started because I really want to know the origins of Keppel Street, a street off of Seneca Street. Since I was young, I wanted to know why it was called Keppel Street. When I started to research the streets, I realized that there were a lot of neat stories. I started the blog because some of my friends would roll their eyes when I’d tell them stories, so I’d write the blog post so as not to bore them. I’ll be going on three years of researching streets, and I somehow STILL have not figured out who Keppel Street was named after!
PB: What is the most difficult part about researching a particular street?