Does anyone know if Buffalo's leaders have thought about a plan to shrink the city? I have been reading about Detroit, Manchester U.K. and Liverpool U.K. and how different cities are dealing with population loss. This is a world-wide issue. According to Cluster City Deign's web site -http://www.cluster.eu/shrinking-citiescitta-che-si-spopolono/ - "Today more than 500 major cities are losing population; more than every fourth city is a shrinking city".
Time has an article (http://www.time.com/time/magazine/article/0,9171,2030898-2,00.html) about the plans Detroit has with connecting parts of the city with light rail.
Perhaps turning parts of the city that have been abandoned to parks and linking more populated areas (new villages) by light rail would be a option.