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RUST BELT NO EXCUSE FOR LETTING CITY DECLINE

I am writing to express my disgust with the near complete apathy that grips our larger community in regards to state of Buffalo. Instead of looking for solutions or new ways of doing business, we seem to feel quite comfortable lying back and blaming all of our ills on the amorphous "rust-belt" phenomenon.

I was very impressed by the lovely appearance and obvious signs of economic health of two other Northeastern cities I recently visited, Pittsburgh and Milwaukee. Pittsburgh's downtown was large, clean and active. The skyline was dotted with the fire of welders' torches busily constructing new high rises.

Milwaukee was likewise neat, prosperous and, from all appearances, well governed. I was impressed -- and somewhat envious -- of what that Great Lakes city had done with its waterfront. A long bike path and park run along Lake Michigan for many miles, and there is a beautiful art museum fronting the lake.

Where our great city of Buffalo went wrong I cannot say, but I do know that other Northern cities are moving forward, and we should prosper by that example instead of wallowing in self-pity.

JAMES G. KRAUSE

Kenmore

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