Only people from this place can understand why I find more beauty and possibility in the crumbling ruins of a once-bustling factory town than in the shiny skyscrapers of New York…or why I’d rather watch the beautiful crash of Lake Erie’s waves than take in the city’s endless entertainment. I once said I’d never come back here…now I can never imagine wanting to leave. New York, for a time, was good for the senses…I ate, saw, heard, and experienced so much there. But Erie is good for my soul.
- Amanda P. Erie-New York- Erie