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STEEL’s Rant (A Study in Sarcasm)

Here is my response to some of the typical negative BRO comments (Buffalo News and WNYMedia too, for that matter).  Add yours if you like.  If you have any more of those oh-so-witty “Buffalo sucks” comments, let’s have those too.
I love how people describe anyone in the city who is poor as a crack addict, and any old house that is run down as a crack house.  I wonder how many of those “crack houses” are owned by wealthy suburbanites.  For example, one of the children from the Home Makeover house was a City Honors School student, but was often called a crack addict in comments around the net.
I love how, conversely, if you have a bit of money and live in the Elmwood neighborhood, you are some kind of self-centered snob, even though you have to put up with all the burdens of inner-city poverty in order to enjoy a rich urban life style.  Oh, and don’t ever say anything bad about the suburbs either. How dare you suggest that they should share that burden of the poor!
I love how so many people know the founder of Bass Pro and what he is thinking except the guys involved in the Canal Side project.
I love how BRO has 2 or 3  teenage commenters  pining for an IKEA, followed quickly by the “cool kids,” who come on to mock naive little Buffalonians and lecture them on how IKEA (and Whole Foods) have no time for their little ant colony of a city.
I love how every project announced in the city is derided as an exercise in overbuilding and questioned concerning why it needs subsidies (but the same is never asked of suburban projects and their need for massive government funded infrastructure)
I love how apparently silly little Buffalo is the only city in the world that cannot ever, ever attract people to its waterfront, so it should not even try to do so (and this one always gets the IKEA and Whole Foods people in a lather).
I love how people still call for the demolition of historic (crack house) buildings even though, time after time, restored historic buildings have proven to be Buffalo’s source for economic rejuvenation.
I love how the media will never show a cross-country skier in Delaware park.  It’s like the only stock footage of Buffalo is of wind driven snow.  How many days of wind driven snow are there each year?  It is common to pretend that Buffalo’s twenty degree January days are some kind of outrageous unheard of, record-setting low temperature in the United States.
Funny, I have as many, if not more, memories of summer and fall days as I do of winter days as a kid. All of them are great memories.  Pick either of the recent expat Buffalo books, and you would be hard pressed to imagine Buffalo having any warm days at all.  As a matter of fact Buffalo is the only place on earth with no summer.  
So, yes, it is easy to be on the Buffalo mockery bandwagon.  Then you can hang out with the cool kids and laugh at Buffalo.  Just remember there are a lot of computer geeks out there earning millions who have gotten the last laugh on the cool kids.  The guys rebuilding Buffalo don’t hang out with the cool kids, the guys doing the Larkin Warehouses, and the Web Buildings, and the Granite works are bringing the city back one step at a time without you, and they don’t really care if IKEA comes to town or not.
By the way, guys, ask any – and I mean ANY  – expat if they would rather have a Whole Foods nearby or a Wegmans.  Anyone want to take bets on the answer?
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Written by David Steele

David Steele

Architect ( a real one, not just the armchair type), author of "Buffalo, Architecture in the American Forgotten Land" ( ), lover of great spaces, hater of sprawl and waste,
advocate for a better way of doing things.

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