At the corner of Florida Street and Spillman Place are seven row houses. "They're awesome," was the description of the century-old structures offered by Buffalo Rising co-founder George Johnson despite their current, underused condition.
According to Johnson, Canisius College initially purchased the buildings for student and faculty housing. Now, they provide storage space. That languishing status stands in contrast to nearby projects like the Mattress Factory Lofts and the redevelopment of Record Theater.
The matter is the subject of "The Canisius 7," one of Buffalo Rising's "BR60" video features. The goal of the features, Johnson says, is "tell me a story that actually means something in 60 seconds."