Buffalo's waterfront is making waves in The Economist
. So is The Larkin District. While we've seen a recent upswing in a number of the city's districts, it's refreshing to catch the eye of those in the national media who understand the importance of initiatives that are not only underway, but coming down the pike. When you throw together the above-mentioned success stories, along with the news of auto traffic coming back to Main Street and a "$300m ten-storey Gates Vascular Institute/Clinical and Translational Research Centre" (as The Economist
points out), things are indeed changing for the second biggest city in New York state.
Here's an excerpt from the article:
Higher education is also a big employer in Buffalo; the University at Buffalo is the second-biggest employer. It has been moving its medical centre downtown, and changing a whole neighbourhood as it does so. Howard Zemsky, a local businessman, has had a similar impact. A decade ago he began to redevelop one of the city's oldest industrial areas, known as the Hydraulics district. Today, around 30 dilapidated or abandoned sites have been transformed into an office and residential space called the Larkin District. Even an old petrol station has been converted into a retro restaurant...