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Why college grads choose Buffalo

A University at Buffalo researcher knows why college graduates are choosing Buffalo to launch their careers: Cost of living is low and downtown is booming with building in the medical corridor.

An analysis showed Buffalo’s population of young, college-educated adults rose by 33.5 percent between 2000 and 2012, according to a U.B. press release today.

“We may be seeing a reversal of the suburbanization that gutted many of the city’s stable neighborhoods and nearly its entire East Side starting in the 1950s when inner- and outer-ring suburbs prospered,” according to an essay by Daniel Hess, an associate professor of urban and regional planning.

Detaills of the findings are in City Observatory report at http://cityobservatory.org/ynr/. Hess’s perspective, published this spring in The Buffalo News, reflects on a nationwide pattern described by Alan Ehrenhalt in the 2013 book “The Great Inversion and the Future of the American City.”

“At the heart of the matter is an astounding role reversal between central cities and their suburbs,” Hess wrote in his March essay. “As affluent and creative people return in large numbers to cities, low-wage workers and immigrants are consequently priced out and settle in suburbs.”