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“The reports of my death are greatly exaggerated.” – Mark Twain

There’s a nice salute to Buffalo from Chris Churchill in Albany’s Times-Union (posted on October 3, 2010). Although the piece leads with images of snowy landscape and long lost industry, it takes a sudden turn in order to dispel what many readers assume Buffalo must be like. He even goes so far as to add that our industrial heritage is one of our assets – it helps to keep the city real while offering a place that is affordable and diverse. Here are a couple of snippets from the article:

“Actually, these just might be the liveliest and hippest urban neighborhoods in all of upstate New York.”

“The regional decline is well-hidden in Elmwood Village and other
north-of-downtown neighborhoods. In a strange way, it might even add to
their pizzazz, helping to keep chain stores at bay while making the
area affordable for the students, artists and musicians who give the
place character.”

“It even still has economic might, despite the derelict factories that greeted us on our way into town: Urban theorist Richard Florida notes that the Toronto-Buffalo-Rochester mega-region is the world’s 12th biggest for economic output.”

Written by queenseyes


Newell Nussbaumer is 'queenseyes' - Eyes of the Queen City and Founder of Buffalo Rising. Co-founder Elmwood Avenue Festival of the Arts. Co-founder Powder Keg Festival that built the world's largest ice maze (Guinness Book of World Records). Instigator behind Emerald Beach at the Erie Basin Marina. Co-created Flurrious! winter festival. Co-creator of Rusty Chain Beer. Instigator behind Saturday Artisan Market (SAM) at Canalside, Buffalo Porchfest, and Paint vs. Paint. Founder of The Peddler retro and vintage market on Elmwood. Instigator behind Liberty Hound @ Canalside. Throws The Witches Ball at Statler City, the Hertel Alley Street Art Festival, and The Flutterby Festival.

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