Lyons seeks to preserve town’s architecture

Many upstate cities and villages laid their downtowns to waste during the federal Urban Renewal era of the 1960s and 1970s. So many outstanding pieces of architecture were lost that it became known, sarcastically, as “urban removal.” Lyons managed to avoid the wrecking ball. Many of the former village’s downtown buildings — most built during the Erie Canal’s 1800s heyday — are still standing.

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