Tonawanda News


September 29, 2013

Living in WNY is great -- so let's start to act like it


Tonawanda News — Listen to these people and you’d have to wonder: Why would anyone want to live in Buffalo?

That’s what the people who don’t live in Buffalo have to say. And of course they’re wrong.

They’re also incredibly ignorant.

Criticism like this smacks of a lack of intellectual curiosity. And it usually comes from the kind of people who like to eat at Olive Garden — when they’re on vacation. 

If Tom Brady had ever bothered to try seeing something other than the four walls of his shabby hotel room (the Patriots stay at the Avante, which is actually really nice, by the way) he would find a vibrant community with a truly astounding amount of things to do. I’ve lived here my entire life and I feel like I’ve only scratched the surface of what Western New York has to offer. 

Seriously, I keep a Buffalo Bucket List on my phone of cool things friends and strangers alike mention they’ve done that I’d like to do some day. It’s a long list — and because life is how life is, I’ll probably keep adding to it at a faster pace than I can check it off. 

As the president noted in his recent visit, “Buffalo’s on the move.” He wasn’t just being nice. It is. Literally.

Young people whose parents a generation ago fled the city proper for the suburbs now want back in. Where once it was odd to find a 20- or 30-something living in the city, now it’s odd to find them living anywhere else.

And for families that don’t want to deal with the hustle and bustle — or who express the very legitimate concerns about Buffalo public schools — there are options like right here in the Twin Cities. There are quality homes at a bargain price, decent schools, low crime and a quaint but vibrant downtown business district where you can get your cake from a bakery, your furniture from an antique store, a tool from a hardware store and on and on — actual locally owned businesses that have character and more often than not are owned by one, too. 

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