I normally wouldn't self promote like this, but the nature of the exhibition and the spirit of the idea compel me to do so. Last summer I sent a photo of Concrete Central Elevator to Rustwire's call for work for the Big Urban Photography Project. The project has become a traveling show which began in Pittsburgh, is now in Cleveland and will likely also head on to Youngstown and Buffalo. This is a graphic promoting the project (artist unknown) - which I think is fantastic and deserves applause. From a personal viewpoint-my town of Buffalo has been in a downward spiral for as long as I have been alive. I am a little over fifty, have lived within the city limits for all of those years and despite the bad press and faulty reputation we may have-I know that this place is a great world class town that- like all Blue Collar Rust Belt Cities are imbued with a character, will, drive, determination and grit that will allow its inhabitants to rise above the adversity and be better people for it. To paraphrase an old quote- if it doesn't kill you- it will make you stronger.