Unfortunately, as the building is in Lackawanna, a town without Certified Local Government status, it lacks a lot of the same protections important buildings here in Buffalo have. Additionally, an unsupportive Lackawanna mayor, and an owner who would rather see the building razed than restored, mean that Beth Steel is constantly under threat of demolition.
Recently, the "preservation community" has come under attack here in Buffalo for a lack of proactive efforts to save our region's buildings and history. Reading Buffalo Rising comments gives the impression that all preservationists are part of some sort of collective organization dedicated to reactionary obstructionism.
In reality, the preservationist community is represented by a variety of groups and interests, and when projects of particular importance arise, they tend to rally together.
This Sunday, several of those groups are coming together to show support for the Bethlehem Steel building.
"I'm Steel Standing" is an event designed to celebrate an important part of the city's and region's past. Featuring music, tours of the exterior, interviews with former employees of the company, as well as food and drink, the event hopes to channel some of the same energy that made City of Night such a success in September by reminding us that Bethlehem is more than a building, but a part of our community and past.
For more information on "I'm Steel Standing," be sure to check out the event poster, and the Facebook event page. Additionally, be sure to check out some of the groups associated with event by clicking on the links below.
Save Beth Steel FB Group: http://www.facebook.com/groups
Lackawanna Industrial Heritage Group (LIHG): http://www.facebook.com/Lackaw
I Had a Relative Who Worked for Bethlehem Steel: http://www.facebook.com/groups