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What the Rest of the Country Can Learn From Niagara Falls

by Elizabeth Finkelstein Not long ago, I received an email from Seth Piccirillo, the Community Development Director for the City of Niagara Falls, NY. Most of you probably know Niagara Falls for the falls themselves, and are less familiar with the historical city that lies beyond and is filled to the brim with late 19th and early 20th century vernacular architecture. Seth told me that his city was working “to do something new with old, vacant, city-owned but beautiful houses” — something to deter them from being “demolished, sold to a slum lord or left to rot.” (Seth, you’re a man of my own heart!) He went on to describe the city’s fantastic new home ownership auction, open to people willing to live in abandoned homes while renovating them. I’m sold!   As an old house lover

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Show Us Your House Crush!

by Elizabeth Finkelstein Happy Valentine’s Day everyone! I’m so excited to introduce a very special interactive event we’ll be hosting for the reminder of the month of February. I’ll be leaving for a 2-week vacation this weekend, and the Magazine will be taking a little break while I’m away. But in the meantime, I’m calling on you to keep the old house love flowing!   As many of you know, I fell in love with a fixer-upper that I saw around Christmastime, located in Newburgh, NY. My obsession with this house has gotten a little out of hand — I’m now actually losing sleep over it! I’ve always wondered if others shared my ability to develop house crushes that completely interfere with daily life. So I thought it might be fun if, in the spirit of Valentine’s

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