Buffalo: New York State’s other start-up community 
The Financial Times, the largest business publication in the UK, has recognized Buffalo for its start-up community. Calling Buffalo a “liveable city” the article praises organizations such as Startup Grind Buffalo, d!g, Z80 Labs, 43North, Start-up NY, Synacor, Gradfly, and the over 20 local colleges and universities.
If you’re interested in Buffalo’s entrepreneurial scene there will be a Startup Grind event tonight at the Armory Square VC featuring Mitchell Patterson from 6PM - 8PM. Tickets are $10 and can be purchased at Eventbrite.

Buffalo: New York State’s other start-up community

The Financial Times, the largest business publication in the UK, has recognized Buffalo for its start-up community. Calling Buffalo a “liveable city” the article praises organizations such as Startup Grind Buffalo, d!g, Z80 Labs, 43North, Start-up NY, Synacor, Gradfly, and the over 20 local colleges and universities.

If you’re interested in Buffalo’s entrepreneurial scene there will be a Startup Grind event tonight at the Armory Square VC featuring Mitchell Patterson from 6PM - 8PM. Tickets are $10 and can be purchased at Eventbrite.

Queen City Chronicles - Guercios

WKBW’s Queen City Chronicles series has featured Guercios, a market that can only be found in Buffalo. Guercios has been a staple of Grant Street since 1961 through both good times and bad. Guercios provides an old world feel in the heart of Buffalo’s West Side. Salvatore Guercio, the owner comments on the local business’ success:

"I think that there’s a lot of people that still like the idea to not go into chain stores, they like the idea of coming to a little place, they pick, they touch it, they feel it, they love that…. We’re gonna be here, we ain’t goin’ nowhere."

Western New York in Top Third Rebounding from Recession
Both Buffalo and Rochester found themselves recovering from the 2008 recession better than two-thirds of the top 150 cities across the country according to this study by WalletHub. Buffalo came in 39th while Rochester made the top quarter reaching 28th. Both cities ranked better than Austin (45), New York City (50), Atlanta (51), Kansas City (72), Cleveland (81), Chicago (94), Richmond (100), Las Vegas (122), and Detroit (145).
Interestingly, Buffalo does not appear on WalletHub’s top five highest home price appreciation list despite having been found to have the highest appreciation in the nation in a similar study done by Clear Capital. Austin, TX, the second highest on the Clear Capital study, also did not find its way on the WalletHub top five.

Western New York in Top Third Rebounding from Recession

Both Buffalo and Rochester found themselves recovering from the 2008 recession better than two-thirds of the top 150 cities across the country according to this study by WalletHub. Buffalo came in 39th while Rochester made the top quarter reaching 28th. Both cities ranked better than Austin (45), New York City (50), Atlanta (51), Kansas City (72), Cleveland (81), Chicago (94), Richmond (100), Las Vegas (122), and Detroit (145).

Interestingly, Buffalo does not appear on WalletHub’s top five highest home price appreciation list despite having been found to have the highest appreciation in the nation in a similar study done by Clear Capital. Austin, TX, the second highest on the Clear Capital study, also did not find its way on the WalletHub top five.

Buffalo - Come Fly with US
ATTENTION: CHANGE OF DATES FILMING ON 31 AND 1!
Local “YouTubers” Jason Pawlak and David Niedbala are inviting everyone out to Erie Basin Marina and Canalside this THURSDAY and FRIDAY to watch them film a promotional video for Lake Erie Flyboard. Lake Erie Flyboard is a local business which features a water powered jetpack that can shoot riders as high as 15 feet into the air. Hundreds of people are expected to show up and have the opportunity to be featured in the video.
Both Jason Pawlak and David Niedbala have created some impressive photographs and videos. Pawlak has created short teaser trailers for both Buffalo and Parks of New York. Niedbala created the Panama Rocks video and many other local videos.

Buffalo - Come Fly with US

ATTENTION: CHANGE OF DATES FILMING ON 31 AND 1!

Local “YouTubers” Jason Pawlak and David Niedbala are inviting everyone out to Erie Basin Marina and Canalside this THURSDAY and FRIDAY to watch them film a promotional video for Lake Erie Flyboard. Lake Erie Flyboard is a local business which features a water powered jetpack that can shoot riders as high as 15 feet into the air. Hundreds of people are expected to show up and have the opportunity to be featured in the video.

Both Jason Pawlak and David Niedbala have created some impressive photographs and videos. Pawlak has created short teaser trailers for both Buffalo and Parks of New York. Niedbala created the Panama Rocks video and many other local videos.

Buffalo Reading Invasion - Wilkeson Pointe
The first Buffalo Reading Invasion of 2014 was attended by over 300 people along Bidwell Parkway. The June gathering prompted a second successful invasion at the Black Rock Heritage Garden in July. If you haven’t had a chance to participate in a reading invasion yet this Sunday is your chance at one of the best locations yet - Wilkeson Pointe at the Outer Harbor. Bring a book and some friends and come celebrate the gift of reading.

Buffalo Reading Invasion - Wilkeson Pointe

The first Buffalo Reading Invasion of 2014 was attended by over 300 people along Bidwell Parkway. The June gathering prompted a second successful invasion at the Black Rock Heritage Garden in July. If you haven’t had a chance to participate in a reading invasion yet this Sunday is your chance at one of the best locations yet - Wilkeson Pointe at the Outer Harbor. Bring a book and some friends and come celebrate the gift of reading.

Good Neighbors Bowl and Bid at Voelkers
The Good Neighbors Federal Credit Union is the first proposed local credit union aimed at serving Buffalo’s West Side, Black Rock, and Riverside communities. This Thursday they will host a fundraising event at Voelkers Lanes from 6PM - 8:30PM. $10 will get two games of bowling an entrance into an exciting “auction of promises” where people will bid on promises made at the event. The promises can range between anything from a tarot card reading to a lesson on how to cross the street without looking from a blind man.
Tickets can be purchased on Eventbrite beforehand or at the door so bring some friends and a promise to help support a local credit union aimed at servicing some of Buffalo’s most struggling neighborhoods. Join the event on facebook or contact GNFCU directly about the event here.

Good Neighbors Bowl and Bid at Voelkers

The Good Neighbors Federal Credit Union is the first proposed local credit union aimed at serving Buffalo’s West Side, Black Rock, and Riverside communities. This Thursday they will host a fundraising event at Voelkers Lanes from 6PM - 8:30PM. $10 will get two games of bowling an entrance into an exciting “auction of promises” where people will bid on promises made at the event. The promises can range between anything from a tarot card reading to a lesson on how to cross the street without looking from a blind man.

Tickets can be purchased on Eventbrite beforehand or at the door so bring some friends and a promise to help support a local credit union aimed at servicing some of Buffalo’s most struggling neighborhoods. Join the event on facebook or contact GNFCU directly about the event here.

Detroit vs. Buffalo Adaptability
Are "rust belt" cities truly similar in problems and solutions? This does not seem to be the case according to this article by Pete Saunders, a highly regarded source on what went wrong in America’s most archetypal rust belt city - Detroit. In this article Saunders’ focuses on how Detroit’s high number of old single family homes is negatively impacting the city’s ability to change its direction and warns that “The more I study Detroit, the more I see the seeds of a similar downfall in other cities nationwide.”
Although Saunders’ analysis was for Detroit he exposed how Buffalo’s situation, a city often compared to Detroit, is actually much different. Buffalo by far has the most historic city core in the nation with most of its housing built before 1939 thus giving rise to an abundance of architectural styles that often come in the form of multiple-family homes.
Despite the old age of the homes it is this multiple-unit feature that makes Buffalo one of the most adaptable cities in the country, more aligned with Chicago and St. Louis, while Detroit is much less adaptable, akin to cities such as Toledo and Kansas City. To offset the extra costs of adapting Buffalo’s beautiful but old structures a successful historic tax credit program has been put in place and has helped Buffalo become the best real-estate market in the country.

Detroit vs. Buffalo Adaptability

Are "rust belt" cities truly similar in problems and solutions? This does not seem to be the case according to this article by Pete Saunders, a highly regarded source on what went wrong in America’s most archetypal rust belt city - Detroit. In this article Saunders’ focuses on how Detroit’s high number of old single family homes is negatively impacting the city’s ability to change its direction and warns that “The more I study Detroit, the more I see the seeds of a similar downfall in other cities nationwide.

Although Saunders’ analysis was for Detroit he exposed how Buffalo’s situation, a city often compared to Detroit, is actually much different. Buffalo by far has the most historic city core in the nation with most of its housing built before 1939 thus giving rise to an abundance of architectural styles that often come in the form of multiple-family homes.

Despite the old age of the homes it is this multiple-unit feature that makes Buffalo one of the most adaptable cities in the country, more aligned with Chicago and St. Louis, while Detroit is much less adaptable, akin to cities such as Toledo and Kansas City. To offset the extra costs of adapting Buffalo’s beautiful but old structures a successful historic tax credit program has been put in place and has helped Buffalo become the best real-estate market in the country.

Garden Walk Buffalo This Weekend
In a mistake that would make a first-grader cringe last month I inaccurately reported that Garden Walk Buffalo was the last weekend Ju-ne rather than Ju-ly. Garden Walk Buffalo is being held this weekend 10AM - 4PM both Saturday and Sunday. Despite the wrong month the rest of the information from that post is accurate. This 20th anniversary event is considered one of the best in its history and everyone is invited to check out the over 400 gardens across the city that have prepared for this event.
Photography © Don Zinteck

Garden Walk Buffalo This Weekend

In a mistake that would make a first-grader cringe last month I inaccurately reported that Garden Walk Buffalo was the last weekend Ju-ne rather than Ju-ly. Garden Walk Buffalo is being held this weekend 10AM - 4PM both Saturday and Sunday. Despite the wrong month the rest of the information from that post is accurate. This 20th anniversary event is considered one of the best in its history and everyone is invited to check out the over 400 gardens across the city that have prepared for this event.

Photography © Don Zinteck

In Buffalo, N.Y., a new vitality is giving the once-gritty city wings
At the beginning of 2014 The Washington Post predicted that the new up-and-coming city to watch was Buffalo, NY, replacing Austin, TX. Currently, Buffalo has one of the most resilient and affordable real-estate markets in the nation while the distance a dollar goes in Austin today is much less. When Melanie Kaplan of The Washington Post came to Buffalo to see the revitalization of the city for herself, she writes:

"Signs of a new Buffalo became obvious in no time: cranes all around town and local enthusiasm beyond typical civic pride…. 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."

In Buffalo, N.Y., a new vitality is giving the once-gritty city wings

At the beginning of 2014 The Washington Post predicted that the new up-and-coming city to watch was Buffalo, NY, replacing Austin, TX. Currently, Buffalo has one of the most resilient and affordable real-estate markets in the nation while the distance a dollar goes in Austin today is much less. When Melanie Kaplan of The Washington Post came to Buffalo to see the revitalization of the city for herself, she writes:

"Signs of a new Buffalo became obvious in no time: cranes all around town and local enthusiasm beyond typical civic pride…. 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."

Uniland’s 250 Delaware Ave. Project - Time Lapse Video

The $110 million project going up at the corner of Delaware and Chippewa is well underway. Previously the site was the location of the Delaware Court Building, known for being the location for designing some of the most architecturally significant buildings in Buffalo. Uniland has released a time-lapse video showing the demolition of the old site and preparing it for Buffalo’s newest highrise which will join the growing ranks of downtown’s glass facades.

2014 Buffalo Infringement Festival
The eleven day festival begins today running until August 3rd and will feature events from across the artistic spectrum. Events take place in over 50 venues across the city and features everything from family-friendly events to the risque in a true celebration of artistic spirit. As one of Buffalo’s most open festivals it will give attendees a taste of some of Western New York’s most impressive independent art.

2014 Buffalo Infringement Festival

The eleven day festival begins today running until August 3rd and will feature events from across the artistic spectrum. Events take place in over 50 venues across the city and features everything from family-friendly events to the risque in a true celebration of artistic spirit. As one of Buffalo’s most open festivals it will give attendees a taste of some of Western New York’s most impressive independent art.

Peaceful Sunset Before the Lights 
Photograph by Linden Tea

James Kuntsler - How Bad Architecture Wrecked Cities

Why are young adults moving back to Buffalo? This humorous 2007 TED Talk by James Kuntsler, although not specifically about Buffalo, articulates urban design problems particularly found in the suburbs, but also in cities. This video is a must watch for anybody interested in improving the living spaces around us.

Buffalo has made a serious effort in restoring historic architecture, updating the zoning code, creating public spaces, becoming more bike-friendly, and drawing international conferences to the city such as Congress for the New Urbanism, the Society of Architectural Historians, and the Business Alliance for Local Living Economies. While Buffalo has made plenty of its own mistakes young people are drawn back to the city by the concerted effort to fix them.

Buffalo Skyline
Print by Charles Canfield
Darwin Martin House
Photograph by Bobistraveling