According to The Street, and being picked up on media sources such as Yahoo! News, Buffalo may not be reversing past population decline trends (yet), but it is an underrated city nonetheless. Top reasons include cost of living, Olmsted Parks System, our cultural institutions (including two art festivals), universities, tech, health care, tourism and nightlife (bars open until 4am). I find it interesting that three contentious issues continue to appear when the city of Buffalo is mentioned in this sort of light: higher education, the arts and late night nightlife. Thankfully UB, with multiple campuses, continues to heavily invest in the city, will ECC decide to do the same? On top of that, our culturals need to be supported! Figure out what draws young people to a city (and keeps them there) and half the battle is won.
From The Street:
“Buffalo residents get a thriving art scene with more than 50 art museums
and galleries and two festivals — the Allentown Art Festival and the
Elmwood Festival For The Arts — a system of 20 parks designed by
Frederick Law Olmsted
(of Central Park fame), a smattering of music venues and a ton of bars
and clubs on West Chippewa Street and in Allentown that are open until 4
Photo: Hundreds of cyclists gather for Sunday Midnight Madness in Allentown each week – these rides can last well past 4am.