The resurgence Buffalo is enjoying today has been decades in the making.
Between massive industrial job loss, blizzards and a lack of any other positive identity to cling to, Buffalo was not only America’s punchline — most of us here were filled with self-loathing for our rapidly declining city.
Through the '80s, we started figuring it out. Sure, there was “Talking Proud,” but it wasn’t just the song; there was the idea that there were plenty of great things going on in our city, amid the snow, cold smokes stacks and unemployment.
I love this piece. It’s a glimpse of the old self-loathing Buffalo and the hopeful Buffalo on the horizon.
"BUFFALO is a more upbeat, confident place as it moves from the 1980s to the 1990s. It's not that the '80s brought the area uninterrupted good news. Hardly. But residents seem more certain that this is a good place to live, work, play and raise a family than they were when the decade began."