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July 6, 2014

Spalding Street family intent on creating community

Spalding Street couple determined to establish community in neighborhood saddled with a bad reputation


Lockport Union-Sun & Journal — James Updegraph said that the couple looks at neighborhoods like the Allentown area in Buffalo, known for its colorful homes, to find inspiration for what they’re trying to accomplish in Lockport.

“We’re artists ourselves,” he said. “A lot of times, artists don’t have a lot of money, but they’re innovative and can do their own work on homes.”

The children growing up in the city deserve the best Lockport has to offer, Maria said. 

“That’s what I’m going to fight for,” she said. “They can’t fight for themselves.”

The Updegraphs have turned down offers to move to California and never considered living anywhere but Lockport. They’re in for the long haul.

“I love Lockport,” Maria said.

Contact reporter Michael Canfield at 439-9222, ext. 6246, or follow him on Twitter @MikeCanfield36.

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