Cultural tourism showing positive signs

Sep 4, 2012

After years of effort, there's increasing interest in the economic development results of cultural tourism.

Residents near the Darwin Martin House in North Buffalo or the Michigan Avenue Baptist Church on the edge of Downtown see the visitors to historic sites.

The commission studying the Michigan Avenue historic district is near time to deliver its recommendations on how to develop the neighborhood and the history surrounding it.

The Martin House is probably the prime example, with more than $45 million spent on rebuilding the Frank Lloyd Wright house and around $4 million more needed.

Martin House President John Walsh says its management is now working with UB and city schools to spin off jobs through education.

Assemblywoman Crystal Peoples-Stokes is backing the Michigan Avenue corridor. She also just bring $300,000 state money into the Martin House.