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Cultural tourism showing positive signs

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WBFO News by Mike Desmond
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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.

Mike Desmond is one of Western New York’s most experienced reporters, having spent nearly a half-century covering the region for newspapers, television stations and public radio. He has been with WBFO and its predecessor, WNED-AM, since 1988. As a reporter for WBFO, he has covered literally thousands of stories involving education, science, business, the environment and many other issues. Mike has been a long-time theater reviewer for a variety of publications and was formerly a part-time reporter for The New York Times.