Cities considering uses for aged industrial plants

CHRIS CAROLA Associated Press Published:

BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) -- Buffalo's massive Central Terminal symbolizes a problem facing this city and many other Rust Belt communities: what can be done with massive, often-derelict industrial and transportation structures?

Tearing them down can cost millions of dollars; redeveloping them is even costlier.

The answer for now in some places is to hold festivals, host weddings or attract large groups for tours. Buffalo and other cities are looking for opportunities to give the public a glimpse of what some consider America's "ruins" and showcase preservation efforts.

In many parts of the nation, the Northeast and Midwest in particular, cities burdened with massive, idled industrial buildings are weighing the likelihood of redevelopment against the cost of demolition.