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The Guardian US lauds Buffalo's 'respectful repurposing'

Buffalo keeps appearing in articles by national and international media outlets -- more frequently than ever, it seems -- which some interpret as a sign of the city's resurgence or, at the very least, a greater degree of national relevance.

The Guardian US, which won a Pulitzer in 2014 for exposing the NSA, featured the Queen City in its travel section's On the Radar [read it here], informing readers of Buffalo's will to overcome industrial decline without totally shedding the pride of its past.

In most of these pro-Buffalo articles or lists, the narrative is the same -- "left-for-dead Rust Belt city wallows in self-pity for a period after industry leaves, then picks itself up by its bootstraps and gradually takes the steps necessary to no longer be the butt of everyone's urban jokes." The past is usually damned, unless classic Buffalo wings or beef on weck are referenced.

The Guardian US's take is a bit different; it notes how Buffalo retains a reverence for its history -- especially architecturally by highlighting the Richardson Olmsted Complex and the Hotel @ the Lafayette -- in its pursuit of becoming an attractive, modern urban center. The article's phrase "respectful repurposing" is apt.

One area where the piece does slip up, though, is by claiming that City of Night will return to Silo City on July 18. It won't, actually, as it's been moved to the Old First Ward.

Regardless, the positive press from a respected international media source is always welcomed, and author Shaun Pett is spot-on in mentioning Resurgence Brewing, Buffalo Proper, Oshun and Horsefeathers as four snazzy food-and-drink destinations in quaint "Old Buffalo" buildings.

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