Written by Derek King, an Architectural Historian in Buffalo, NY, and writer for Weaving The Streets: The Buffalo Exchange
It was clear as soon as I entered the Convention Center that Buffalo’s In-Rem was much bigger than I expected.
Two lines for registration extended across the full length of the lobby, and all the tables in between were filled with individuals looking to purchase lots and buildings during the City’s 47th annual foreclosure auction of properties delinquent on their taxes. In line were city residents hoping to pick up something on their streets standing next to real estate investors from Toronto and New York. Men wearing kippahs stood behind women in hijabs, and scarf-wearing bakery owners eyed local developers and waved at neighbors.
Between the big diverse crowd, the high energy,...