The Idea of Buffalo

Posted by Mike Farrell:
This past Sunday, displaced Buffalonians in cities such as Chicago, Seattle, Boston, Charlotte, Phoenix, Fort Lauderdale, Washington, D.C., and Manhattan gathered at tavern tables, stared at flat screen television sets, and engaged in a pastime that’s become as comforting as a Bills win (albeit amid a Bills loss). Over an afternoon full of Labatt pitchers and plates of chicken wings, they talked about how much they miss Buffalo–and how they wish they could come home.
There are a variety of culprits they’ve determined responsible for keeping them from returning home, the same problems cited by wandering locals for decades. There are absolutely no jobs; the politicians are corrupt; downtown crime is rampant; the city schools are terrible; the winters are unbearable; economic development is lagging; there’s just not enough exciting things to do in the dilapidated region. Yet still, despite this laundry list of complaints, natives gravitate to foreign pubs on NFL Sundays to seek out allies who want to wax poetic about their birthplace and roots. Buffalo is the greatest place on Earth, but they’ll never move back.
Because they can’t.
Was I in any of these cities on Sunday to hear these conversations? No. But, for the last 11 years, I was leading them from a variety of barstools in Boston, Massachusetts. I even spent three years of my life writing a novel about the internal, vexing struggle many removed western New Yorkers feel either every day–or once they’ve had a dozen beers. But, there’s this prevailing and, for some reason, acceptable stance that the young adults trolling around the streets of Denver or Philadelphia are there not because they want to be, but because Buffalo has given them no other alternative. Our downtrodden homeland of burned-out warehouses and weed-strewn boulevards has brutally cast its young into the arms of better jobs and restaurants and transportation and nightlife available in other cities. This account may very well be true in some cases. In others, though, this exaggerated depiction might just be an excuse held by sentimental individuals who’d rather cherish a romantic idea of Buffalo elsewhere than invest inconvenient effort toward building Buffalo into the thriving city it could become.
Once again, I’ll state that I waltzed around as one of these sentimental souls for over a decade. I spent countless nights getting drunk on memories while leaning back against the misconceptions removal from my roots afforded me. I’d convinced myself I couldn’t move home. Sure, I loved South Boston and my life there, but that wasn’t why I was living there. And, sure, my wife is from Boston; my graduate school is in Boston; my job as a sports reporter for the Boston Herald was in Boston; and both rock clubs I tended bar at were within Boston’s city limits. But, these weren’t the reasons I was really in Boston. No way. When I swiveled around on those rickety barstools on Portland or Causeway Street, I truly believed the real reason I lived in Boston was because Buffalo’s failures made me stay in Boston.
The longer you’re away from Buffalo, the more cherished (and distorted) your idea of it can become. It can become as romanticized as your past, with details and descriptions changing to suit whatever feeling you want to have about it. If you’re from the Southtowns, you’ll talk about Blasdell Pizza like it’s a panacea for depression; if you’re from the Northtowns, you’ll talk the same way about La Nova. You’ll remember Buffalo winters as ivory mosaics, and summers as yellow-hued embraces. You’ll reminisce about the Bills dominance in AFC championship games, then find some optimistic angle to explain away their four crippling Super Bowl losses. And, the longer you’re away from this city or region, the more likely it is that this idea you’ve created will become so comforting that you’ll never dare shatter it by ambitiously merging the idea with the risk-filled reality of returning.
This was something I had to consider last spring, back when I was presented the unexpected chance to replace my idea of Buffalo with the actual reality of Buffalo. My wife was accepted into SUNY Buffalo’s Urban Planning graduate program, thus delivering the opportunity to decide on a transition back into the actual day-to-day experience of my hometown. Over the years, I’d grown to cherish my concept of Buffalo. It got me into peaceful exchanges with friends and screaming matches with strangers; it kept me up nights and depressed me through days; it incited nostalgia and anger, one after the other on a rotating basis. But, somewhere underneath my contrived idea of this city was an understood reality, one every nomadic native knows very well. It bounced around my head as I sat in Boston bars; it gnawed a hole in my stomach as I sat in Cambridge coffee houses. For the rest of my life, regardless of where I lived and worked and breathed, I knew one simple truth: Buffalo was attached to me. With all its beauty and blemishes, it’s the only place I’ll ever be able to genuinely claim as mine.
Eventually, I accepted this truth and decided to leave the idea behind. In July, I packed a Budget truck and came back to Buffalo.
Now, this isn’t the part of the essay where I transition into a section that details how the streets of Buffalo are paved with gold. It’s not Xanadu; it’s a city with the same economic and social problems that most of the country’s urban centers face. This also isn’t the part of this piece where I tell you Buffalo is just as electric as Boston; it isn’t. It doesn’t have the overt hipster glow of Brooklyn or Portland; it doesn’t feature the balmy temperatures of Tampa; and it doesn’t offer the financial opportunities of Washington, D.C. I could try to regale you with tales of Buffalo’s famed “livability,” its underrated Thai food, or the luxurious comforts of the Metrorail. I could gush about the Wrights, Richardsons or Olmsteds, or I could inform you about the low, low prices of homes or apartments for you and your family. All of these items are fantastic, but I won’t waste your time with them. You’ve read about them all and, apparently, you don’t care. You’re still somewhere else, another city’s resident who wears his Sabres hat to the supermarket. You’ll rationalize your exiled existence with complaints about the Buffalo’s job market or other maladies, and you’ll find your local Bills Backer bar for another Sunday of lubricated longing.
But, on one of these upcoming Sundays–just as the Cowboys or Dolphins raise your anger to hallucinogenic levels–maybe you’ll reach the point that I reached, one where you can no longer deny the intrinsic connection that silently nags; a clear moment when you’re finally sick of complaining about inaction when the opportunity for action is within your grasp. Maybe you’re a cook in Texas who wants to open his own restaurant; maybe you’re an artist in Queens, looking for affordability and the embrace of a supportive community; maybe you’re a burgeoning entrepreneur who’s sick of his stagnant career and wants to start his own business. Or, maybe you’re just lost and searching for the regional identity you left behind. Thriving cities across this country expand by welcoming disconnected transplants from characterless regions. For the city of Buffalo to expand and bloom into the cherished idea of Buffalo, it simply needs to restock itself with its own displaced residents, ambitious Buffalonians who’d like to return for a stake in realizing this city’s potential.
And maybe you’re one of these displaced residents, one who’s ready for a change. One of these days, you’ll come back here for a weekend. You
‘ll walk through the Bidwell Farmers Market or stroll through Delaware Park. You’ll drive over the cobblestone streets around the Erie Canal Terminus or ride your bike into Niagara Square. You’ll stare at the fascinating art deco facade of City Hall or the intricate exterior moldings of the Lafayette Hotel, and you’ll notice signs of urban development not seen in these parts for decades. Then, you’ll stand in the middle of this lakefront landscape you once called your own, and suddenly, the idea of joining this city’s resurgent march will make an incredible amount of sense to you. You’ll return to the city that’s been harboring your hesitation before packing for Buffalo, that seven-letter word on your birth certificate.
When you get here, you’ll knuckle down, network, and find a job because you have to, just like you would have to in any other city. It’ll be a risk, but finding a job in any city these days is perrilous. If you can’t find something accommodating, you can tap into the experience, ingenuity and independence you’ve developed elsewhere and add your own business to the Queen City landscape. Whatever the case, you’ll become a contributor to a cause we’ve all been born into; one that slips through our veins and beats our hearts; one that only Buffalonians seem to understand. And, when you find yourself living the realities you once spent Sunday afternoons pining for, you’ll realize yet another Buffalo-related truth: Becoming a cog in this city’s revival is a lot more fulfilling than praying for its resurrection from a neighboring state’s barstool.
After years spent praying, I finally left the barstool and came home. You can too.
(Author’s Note: This entry was finished while listening to Dan Auerbach’s “Goin’ Home”. And yes, I purposely waited until I was almost done to listen to this obviously appropriate song.)

Mike Farrell recently started The Farrell Street Blog – an educated ramble on topics such as sports, music and his return to the mean streets of western New York. He may also mention things about his novels “Running with Buffalo”, or the yet-to-be released “When the Lights Go Out.”

Photos: queenseyes (clockwise from top left) – Buffalo Pond Hockey Committee, Horsefeathers Market, Oktoberfest at Canalside, B-boy Festival

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117 comments
transplant
transplant

Thanks for the suggestions. I am into sports for sure so I will check these out.

transplant
transplant

Thanks for the suggestions. I am into sports for sure so I will check these out.

alyssaham
alyssaham

check out the buffalo barn raisers.. www.buffalbarnraisers.com

they are always doing stuff.. that is literally their motto.

i guess most of the stuff people do that isn't drinking in bars seems to be underground and maybe difficult to find.

alyssaham
alyssaham

check out the buffalo barn raisers.. www.buffalbarnraisers.com

they are always doing stuff.. that is literally their motto.

i guess most of the stuff people do that isn't drinking in bars seems to be underground and maybe difficult to find.

queenseyes
queenseyes

Transplant, there are some great kickball clubs that are always looking for players. Also hook up with one of the sailing groups. Seven Seas or Sail Buffalo. Do you ride a bike? Try one of the group rides. Where do you go out when you do go out? Have you been to Essex? Or Hardware? Have you scoped out Soundlab for music? What social activities do you like? If you need more info send me an email and I will try to help. Newell@buffalorising.com

queenseyes
queenseyes

Transplant, there are some great kickball clubs that are always looking for players. Also hook up with one of the sailing groups. Seven Seas or Sail Buffalo. Do you ride a bike? Try one of the group rides. Where do you go out when you do go out? Have you been to Essex? Or Hardware? Have you scoped out Soundlab for music? What social activities do you like? If you need more info send me an email and I will try to help. Newell@buffalorising.com

TranspoGuy
TranspoGuy

Have you thought about an organization like Roaming Buffaloes? They organize hiking and biking trips, etc...

What about First Fridays at Allentown Art Galleries?

There are also a ton of volunteer organizations - like The B Team.

TranspoGuy
TranspoGuy

Have you thought about an organization like Roaming Buffaloes? They organize hiking and biking trips, etc...

What about First Fridays at Allentown Art Galleries?

There are also a ton of volunteer organizations - like The B Team.

transplant
transplant

I moved here 10 months ago and have had a really hard time meeting any young people. If you aren't from here people are not very friendly. What else is there to do on a Friday or Saturday night to meet people besides going to a bar? Are there any sports leagues or social organzations to join? Yes, I work alot of hours but do need/want to try to meet new people to hang out with.

transplant
transplant

I moved here 10 months ago and have had a really hard time meeting any young people. If you aren't from here people are not very friendly. What else is there to do on a Friday or Saturday night to meet people besides going to a bar? Are there any sports leagues or social organzations to join? Yes, I work alot of hours but do need/want to try to meet new people to hang out with.

DeanerPPX
DeanerPPX

Where did I get that info? I've lived in Atl for 8 years.

In the summer, people run from their air-conditioned cars to air conditioned buildings as if it's raining... but they're just trying to avoid the heat and humidity that will sweat-stain their suits or unset their hair. If you don't get your lawn mowed by 8am, you run the risk of heatstroke.

Temps right now can be in the 30s when you drive to work in the morning, and 70s when you go out for lunch. You use both the A/C and the heater in the same day. Forget December and January, when the THREAT of a dusting of snow will shut down the city 24 hours ahead of time if it's in the forecast (whether it happens or not... people are so unprepared for ice, they won't go out even if they know how to drive on it because nobody else does and the roads turn into bumper cars).

I love the outdoors, but have never spent so much time inside as I did in Georgia... there's only a couple weeks in the spring and fall that are habitable. Not to mention the water restrictions and smog/ozone alerts that are dangerous for pets and animals. Lawns go brown in the winter and then die from lack of water in the summer because 5 million people are drinking out of the same small lake and muddy creek.

I'm down here taking care of my parents who retired to Atlanta. Both in their 80s, they're even more susceptible to it than I am. Even though it means them dying or being put in a home, I can't wait for the chance to move back home and enjoy the Buffalo weather again...

DeanerPPX
DeanerPPX

Where did I get that info? I've lived in Atl for 8 years.

In the summer, people run from their air-conditioned cars to air conditioned buildings as if it's raining... but they're just trying to avoid the heat and humidity that will sweat-stain their suits or unset their hair. If you don't get your lawn mowed by 8am, you run the risk of heatstroke.

Temps right now can be in the 30s when you drive to work in the morning, and 70s when you go out for lunch. You use both the A/C and the heater in the same day. Forget December and January, when the THREAT of a dusting of snow will shut down the city 24 hours ahead of time if it's in the forecast (whether it happens or not... people are so unprepared for ice, they won't go out even if they know how to drive on it because nobody else does and the roads turn into bumper cars).

I love the outdoors, but have never spent so much time inside as I did in Georgia... there's only a couple weeks in the spring and fall that are habitable. Not to mention the water restrictions and smog/ozone alerts that are dangerous for pets and animals. Lawns go brown in the winter and then die from lack of water in the summer because 5 million people are drinking out of the same small lake and muddy creek.

I'm down here taking care of my parents who retired to Atlanta. Both in their 80s, they're even more susceptible to it than I am. Even though it means them dying or being put in a home, I can't wait for the chance to move back home and enjoy the Buffalo weather again...

onestarmartin
onestarmartin

bullsh*t....where did you get that info from from? I have yet to see one person who sits indoors for 6 months of the summer and 2 in the winter. As I write this I sat on a patio tonight for dinner, what did you do in Buffalo...freeze ur ass off indoors?

bookgirl
bookgirl

Amazing essay! I have many friends I wish would come back to Buffalo...maybe reading words like yours will ignite the thought within them and revitalize our city.

bookgirl
bookgirl

Amazing essay! I have many friends I wish would come back to Buffalo...maybe reading words like yours will ignite the thought within them and revitalize our city.

whatever
whatever

Oh yeah, and that one says this too - even mentioning Bird…

"Crime is still a threat. The West Side was particularly shaken last month by a shooting at the corner of Richmond and Bird avenues that has left victim Antonio Lynn paralyzed from the waist down."

Seems pretty well balanced rather than the marketing piece it was claimed to be.

Jim LaBelle
Jim LaBelle

Nice piece; I came "home" after 29 years and lived in Dallas, Boston, Minneapolis, Denver, Atlanta, DC and Durham, NC. Honestly, there is nothing those cities have on the Buffalo-Niagara Region - NOTHING. Well, maybe Denver has it all on us, but that's the exception.

Jim

Jim LaBelle
Jim LaBelle

Nice piece; I came "home" after 29 years and lived in Dallas, Boston, Minneapolis, Denver, Atlanta, DC and Durham, NC. Honestly, there is nothing those cities have on the Buffalo-Niagara Region - NOTHING. Well, maybe Denver has it all on us, but that's the exception.

Jim

The Kettle
The Kettle

The price increases, physical improvements, and the glowing commentaries from local residents are very real indeed. Not sure what can be interpreted as "imaginary" from that.

The Kettle
The Kettle

The price increases, physical improvements, and the glowing commentaries from local residents are very real indeed. Not sure what can be interpreted as "imaginary" from that.

whatever
whatever

Greenjeans, is this the BN article you and Forest are talking about?

http://www.buffalonews.com/city/communities/west-side/article615650.ece

That's from a couple weeks ago. Where's any mention of Parkdale or Potomac in that?

The only street starting with 'p' I see mentioned is Porter:

"...Sale prices for homes located from Richmond Avenue to the Buffalo River and from West Ferry Street to Porter Avenue have gone from an average of $23,000 in 2001 to $84,000 this year, according to the Buffalo Niagara Association of Realtors. ..."

Granted, the article's first sentence is a little too broad, and looking only at prices of houses that sold can be very misleading. However, the geography it refers to is a more southern portion, not at all the big part starting around Ferry and north through Delavan up to Bird then Forest.

C.K. Dexter Haven
C.K. Dexter Haven

This has been an interesting and active forum. Regarding the comment above, I'd like to add that during the ebb and flow of one's life, you never know what changes will confront you. Until recently, I would have never considered a move to Buffalo - not for a second. But here I am preparing for such an event. Why would I want to leave California after a lengthy stay or anyplace else? Never say never.

My thoughts somewhat mirror the comments of Bernie Tolbert and others. I've been around and I've looked around at other cities, but there is something special about Buffalo. It's not for everyone understandably, but I like the vibe going on and want to be a part of it.

MrGreenJeans
MrGreenJeans

People who've bought on Parkdale and Potomac were quoted in the BN article, so it's not just about the area around Symphony Circle. This imaginery "boom" is still the cynical dream of real estate agents & the flippers who are grabbing West Side properties at the moment.

MrGreenJeans
MrGreenJeans

People who've bought on Parkdale and Potomac were quoted in the BN article, so it's not just about the area around Symphony Circle. This imaginery "boom" is still the cynical dream of real estate agents & the flippers who are grabbing West Side properties at the moment.

whatever
whatever

Bernie for mayor!

(somebody had to say it)

NBuffguy
NBuffguy

I meet former Buffalonians all the time in Baltimore. I can't think of even a single one who ever said he or she wished to be living in Buffalo again. Usually what I hear is that people are happy to have family and friends still in Buffalo because it's nice to go back for a visit. And they almost always add, "in the summertime."

NBuffguy
NBuffguy

I meet former Buffalonians all the time in Baltimore. I can't think of even a single one who ever said he or she wished to be living in Buffalo again. Usually what I hear is that people are happy to have family and friends still in Buffalo because it's nice to go back for a visit. And they almost always add, "in the summertime."

Bernie Tolbert
Bernie Tolbert

Great article. I first left Buffalo in 1981 as a result of a job transfer. I came back twice as a result of being reassigned to my employer's (FBI) Buffalo office. After retiring in 2001 and taking a job in New York City, I retired again in late 2010. In August of this year I returned to Buffalo for many of the same reasons mentioned in your article. I too wanted to be an active participant in helping to make things better in Buffalo. I've traveled all over the world and lived in several cities in the U.S. but there's something magical about Buffalo that is a very powerful magnet. I can't think of a place I'd rather be and look forward to my "new life" being back in Buffalo. I can't get enough of this place!

Bernie Tolbert
Bernie Tolbert

Great article. I first left Buffalo in 1981 as a result of a job transfer. I came back twice as a result of being reassigned to my employer's (FBI) Buffalo office. After retiring in 2001 and taking a job in New York City, I retired again in late 2010. In August of this year I returned to Buffalo for many of the same reasons mentioned in your article. I too wanted to be an active participant in helping to make things better in Buffalo. I've traveled all over the world and lived in several cities in the U.S. but there's something magical about Buffalo that is a very powerful magnet. I can't think of a place I'd rather be and look forward to my "new life" being back in Buffalo. I can't get enough of this place!

whatever
whatever

forestbird>"this site, the Buffalo News, and their conspirators in the real estate business lie about "the West Side coming back!" …"

Huh?

Have BN or BR claimed the Forest/Bird portion of the West Side is coming back? Isn't the portion about which they've said that roughly 2 miles south of there?

whatever
whatever

forestbird>"this site, the Buffalo News, and their conspirators in the real estate business lie about "the West Side coming back!" …"

Huh?

Have BN or BR claimed the Forest/Bird portion of the West Side is coming back? Isn't the portion about which they've said that roughly 2 miles south of there?

whatever
whatever

lol, well Arm, I'm pretty sure I've noticed CC has also been called a few things other than those by some people…

but from among your set there, isn't "lousy campaigner" apt to some degree for both of them?

whatever
whatever

lol, well Arm, I'm pretty sure I've noticed CC has also been called a few things other than those by some people…

but from among your set there, isn't "lousy campaigner" apt to some degree for both of them?

ForestBird
ForestBird

I returned only because of some family situations. Where I live now (guess by my handle) is about 7 times more dangerous than Brooklyn (Buffalo's safety rating is 5/100, while Brooklyn's is 37/100). While this site, the Buffalo News, and their conspirators in the real estate business lie about "the West Side coming back!", I'm trying to figure out how to escape without losing all the cash I've poured into my 1907 money-pit. Suckers are out there, but I don't want to take advantage of them.

Worst decision of my life: buying property in Buffalo.

ForestBird
ForestBird

I returned only because of some family situations. Where I live now (guess by my handle) is about 7 times more dangerous than Brooklyn (Buffalo's safety rating is 5/100, while Brooklyn's is 37/100). While this site, the Buffalo News, and their conspirators in the real estate business lie about "the West Side coming back!", I'm trying to figure out how to escape without losing all the cash I've poured into my 1907 money-pit. Suckers are out there, but I don't want to take advantage of them.

Worst decision of my life: buying property in Buffalo.

The Kettle
The Kettle

Whatever> "[trying to think of a polite word - just plug in the words some of you use about Collins or Paladino]."

Defeated? Lousy campaigner? Unwanted by a convincing amount of registered voters?

Not sure how that would apply to Steel.

The Kettle
The Kettle

Whatever> "[trying to think of a polite word - just plug in the words some of you use about Collins or Paladino]."

Defeated? Lousy campaigner? Unwanted by a convincing amount of registered voters?

Not sure how that would apply to Steel.

whatever
whatever

" the criticism should be about that and not his residency"

True, and I've noticed some such as pampinform and burch have tried to point out to him at length the issue of his tone and often childish style of argument.

But substance is involved too. Even if he argued in a more respectful way, some of us with more regionalist attitudes might still see a big inconsistency in him repeatedly saying people who live in say Clarence or similar WNY towns are harming Buffalo by choosing to live (or work, shop, worship, etc) say 10 or 20 miles away from the city line… and writing that stuff from over 500 miles away.

I for one don't make Chicago the main focus of comments to him, but once in a while I mention it in passing just because of that inconsistency or because he seems like such a… [trying to think of a polite word - just plug in the words some of you use about Collins or Paladino]. It's perhaps lame of me to ever mention it since it could imply I'm criticizing expat views in general, which I'm not.

"imagine an expat seat on the Common Council"

That's an interesting idea, and not without some precedent.

I can't say whoever you all would elect would probably be worse than who we usually do, so I'm open to letting you guys elect an expat to 1 of the 9 seats. Who knows, the Council might even like the idea if representation means they'd be allowed to somehow tax you all.

whatever
whatever

" the criticism should be about that and not his residency"

True, and I've noticed some such as pampinform and burch have tried to point out to him at length the issue of his tone and often childish style of argument.

But substance is involved too. Even if he argued in a more respectful way, some of us with more regionalist attitudes might still see a big inconsistency in him repeatedly saying people who live in say Clarence or similar WNY towns are harming Buffalo by choosing to live (or work, shop, worship, etc) say 10 or 20 miles away from the city line… and writing that stuff from over 500 miles away.

I for one don't make Chicago the main focus of comments to him, but once in a while I mention it in passing just because of that inconsistency or because he seems like such a… [trying to think of a polite word - just plug in the words some of you use about Collins or Paladino]. It's perhaps lame of me to ever mention it since it could imply I'm criticizing expat views in general, which I'm not.

"imagine an expat seat on the Common Council"

That's an interesting idea, and not without some precedent.

I can't say whoever you all would elect would probably be worse than who we usually do, so I'm open to letting you guys elect an expat to 1 of the 9 seats. Who knows, the Council might even like the idea if representation means they'd be allowed to somehow tax you all.

digitalhecht
digitalhecht

As one of the Queen City Diaspora (who proudly dons his Sabres jersey with a few hundred others whenever the blue and gold roll into town-San Jose), I agree with you about the idea of Buffalo. I see this same idealization (or amnesia) in fellow diasporans. But I suspect that many stay away for the one thing that all the blood, sweat and toil can never change: The weather. I guess I'm lucky my wife is a native Californian. She tells me regularly that she wouldn't last one week of winter. Regardless, go Sabres.

SBU
SBU

Go BONNIES!!!!

SBU
SBU

Go BONNIES!!!!

davvid
davvid

If Steel's tone is really the issue, the criticism should be about that and not his residency.

I agree with you that there probably isn't very much resistance to expats participating in Buffalo affairs. Still we haven't really come to the point where we discuss community as something separate from place. When I read the title of this article I hoped that it might be about embracing "Buffalo as idea" as part of the new nature of the city.

If we really wanted to take this concept to an extreme point we could imagine an expat seat on the Common Council.

davvid
davvid

If Steel's tone is really the issue, the criticism should be about that and not his residency.

I agree with you that there probably isn't very much resistance to expats participating in Buffalo affairs. Still we haven't really come to the point where we discuss community as something separate from place. When I read the title of this article I hoped that it might be about embracing "Buffalo as idea" as part of the new nature of the city.

If we really wanted to take this concept to an extreme point we could imagine an expat seat on the Common Council.

crashkeller
crashkeller

I love this article and it really hits the right points, both from an ex-pat perspective and for returning residents. There are some great assets out there that love this city, but no longer reside there. I had actually mentioned the "Come Home to Buffalo" idea to Tim Russert, shortly before he passed away.

crashkeller
crashkeller

I love this article and it really hits the right points, both from an ex-pat perspective and for returning residents. There are some great assets out there that love this city, but no longer reside there. I had actually mentioned the "Come Home to Buffalo" idea to Tim Russert, shortly before he passed away.

colleenmikula
colleenmikula

Great article!! It's so true. As an entrepreneur, I see that the energy of the city comes from alot of small businesses working together!

This is a community that always comes together for it's neighbors, corny but true.

I agree with the corrupt polotics,and weather but will diagree on the restaurants and night life.

Buffalo has great restaurant!

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