There's no shortage of articles praising Buffalo these days, and the novelty of hearing the city as an object of praise -- rather than scorn -- has begun to wear off. Now, instead of blindly sharing everything national that's written about our local, we've become more judicious.
With the likes of WalletHub and Movoto cheekily adding various cities to top 10 lists and then emailing the corresponding media for plugs, it's refreshing when a media powerhouse like the Washington Post spends the time and money to understand Buffalo's resurgence.
WP freelance travel writer Melanie D.G. Kaplan, a Syracuse and Columbia alum, was tasked with exploring the renovations, projects and ideas that have slowly changed the nation's collective mindset about Buffalo. Here's what she churned out.
Fortunately, the piece isn't cliche -- there's no mention of the Anchor Bar, our proximity to Niagara Falls and our fabulous architecture, which are low-hanging fruit. Instead, the focus is on both past and present: the grain elevators, the blooming of Larkinville, the explosion of Canalside and the coming transformation of the H.H. Richardson Complex. Her nostrils appreciated the Cheerios' scent, too.
Anecdotally, the piece has found a life of its own on social media -- not too rare for any pro-Buffalo article. Although the Washington Post Travel section doesn't share social media statistics for individual articles, expect to see the post on a timeline near you.
Finally, it's always encouraging to read a passage like this:
"Signs of a new Buffalo became obvious in no time: cranes all around town and local enthusiasm beyond typical civic pride. From its industrial heyday in the early 1900s, Buffalo sank to downtrodden at best. Its population is about half what it was in the 1950s. But today, residents are excited about the makeover underway, and everyone seems to know college graduates moving back to the city, or people coming here for jobs."
Enjoy the reminders of our urban progress, and if you haven't experienced the highlights that Kaplan points out, get to it!