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Home is where the heart is... - 3/16/2007
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Vicky
Auburn, AL

I haven't lived in Buffalo for almost 10 years, but I always refer to it as my home because that's where my family still lives. I couldn't wait to move out of Buffalo when I was younger, but I do miss a lot about it now. I especially miss all the parks Buffalo and the surrounding suburbs have. I miss hiking at Chestnut Ridge park. I miss jogging around the Botanical Gardens in South Buffalo. And I miss all the sidewalks and ample bike lanes! I also miss the variety of great restaurants Buffalo has to offer! Great Italian food, awesome Greek food, and of course, the best places for pizza and wings! And I can't leave out that I miss going to Sabres and Bills games! Buffalo is a fun place to live, and the winters aren't as bad as everyone thinks. I have a ton of wonderful memories growing up playing in the snow and stil recall fondly anticipating getting a snow day and school would be closed! :) Another bonus is that you're not only exposed to a lot of different climates (fall in NY just can't be beat) you're exposed to a lot of cultures, too. And the people are friendly and some of the best neighbors you could ask for.

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Mike
Buffalo, NY

If You Are Contemplating Moving Here...Don't! From - 11/16/2014

I was relocated for a job here in Buffalo, New York from a larger city. I was told that the people here are "friendly," "the city is growing," and "everyone loves Buffalo." I have one word for all this: Not! When I asked why the company cannot find anyone else in the local area to do this job, and would be spending thousands of dollars to relocate me, I was simply told that there is not the talent there that's needed. This executive sure was right, and I ended up leaving soon afterwards out of frustration, exasperation, and desperation (good thing I didn't stay longer hoping things would get better - they didn't). I'm glad I not only left the company, but the city. After careful observation, consideration, and discussions with many others who relocated to Buffalo, here are my very important, trajectory-altering comments you should heed before coming here: 1. The few good things I'll say are that the cost of living is relatively low (warning: for a reason), the food is good at a reasonable price if you know where to go, and the architecture is nice, historic. 2. Now for the reality (get ready) --People here rarely leave the area and - you must know this - generally do not like others moving to Buffalo from the outside. That's because they feel you are taking away "their" jobs, look down on the city from all the bad press it receives (weather, sports teams, general incompetence), and if you happen to be from New York City there is a special dislike because students from there come up here and make fun of the locals thinking they grew up on a farm and are generally yokels (this may not be true, but that certainly is the perception). Further, Buffalonians despise that they have to pay more taxes than, say Cleveland, which is twice as close to Buffalo than New York City, because NYC gets all the good stuff like subways, theater, baseball stadiums, etc. - "why should we have to pay for that?" I've been asked many times. Yet, the vast majority of Buffalo people I've spoken with have never been to New York City and don't want to go there (crime, pollution, crowdedness, etc.) --People here are not friendly, as they claim! What they are is helpful and charitable. But they will not initiate a get-together with you, are reluctant to do so because you did not grow up here, and will smile to your face but talk behind your back. Shockingly, instead of being like a smaller version of New York City ("big brother"), Buffalo instead chooses to be the best of the worst of the collection of little towns surrounding it. Thus, the mentality of Buffalo is a big community, not a medium-sized city; everyone seems to know everyone, and thus talk about everyone, and the local events mainly. If you're looking for intelligent discussion, you'll hardly be able to find it here. Instead, you'll hear a lot about the Buffalo Bills (awful team that hasn't made the playoffs in 15 years), Buffalo Sabres hockey team (currently with the worst record in hockey and finished in last place last year), beer, and the various food festivals they cram into the few months of decent weather here ("tons" of people there, literally) --Extremely important to know: if you've seen better, you know better. Because most people here have not seen better than Buffalo, they think the arts, events, theater, sports, etc. are much better than what they really are. The "best" of what is recommended is mediocre at best to someone from a major city or who has seen better. But don't tell that to the provincial people here or they'll get mad. Even if they know it's really true, they don't want to hear it. The local ads are horrible, the local art and fashion are even worse, and don't even get me started on the politics and education here. --Locals say that the population is growing. Here's the real deal: there are lots of ethnicities here in Buffalo, especially from Africa, southeast Asia, and other warm-weather places. When I asked many of them why they chose Buffalo to come here, they laugh and say, "We had no choice." That is, the government basically said that if you want to escape the poverty, famine, war, injustices, etc. of your country, then if we let you in here you will have to go where we put you. To many, Buffalo is an improvement so they're here - but do not like it one bit (many have never seen snow, so you can only imagine). Generally, these different ethnicities stay in their localized area; I repeat, Buffalo is a non-embracing city if you are from the outside. I spoke to some college girls who said that if other girls they meet did not go to the same high school as them, they don't like them! I've heard this several times. In fact, Buffalo, New York was voted the rudest city in America in an independent survey (you should look this up online). I believe that people here are rude and don't even realize it because that's normal here. Make sure you don't stand for this, put these people in their place, and complain to the higher-ups as needed, all the way through the corporate offices as warranted --There is a tremendous amount of incompetence here, more than I've seen in just about any other place. This includes for basic requests. People here just do not think beyond A-B. Not sure whether this is a can't or won't, but it's surely a don't. I have combated this by doing the following, which is the only thing that works: immediately complain to the management who, hopefully, is more educated/intelligent/customer-friendly; simply walk out of places where the service takes too long (even when few customers) and don't go back there (I did tell this to management, who always apologizes but too little too late); and "avoid and ignore Buffalo.: This includes maintaining strong contact with the folks/following the events from back home, doing individualized projects so as not to have to deal with the people here, and going to nearby Niagara Falls/international hotels to purposely meet people from elsewhere. This has worked very well. Less is more when it comes to Buffalo, and the difference when you do this is startling versus returning to Buffalo and dealing with so much stupidity here --Some people say that Buffalo is booming with new construction. This new Canalside/Harborfront Center is a spit in the ocean and is not done well; the light-rail trolley has been called "the train to nowhere" and destroyed parking for downtown businesses (there's still clamoring to get rid of it), and Buffalo is the only major waterfront city in the US that has not done anything significant with it (another boondoggle). Even Cleveland, formerly know as "the mistake on the lake," has built up its waterfront area nicely and dwarfs what Buffalo has done. Both cities share the same waterfront - Lake Erie (which is 200 miles across) There are other bad things about Buffalo, but I've said enough to give you a glimpse from an outsider not only looking in, but who was in for a few years. This is not a "know when to walk away" place, but a "know when to run." It's not a truly awful place for the redeeming features I mentioned, but there is a sameness, lameness slowness to embrace change, lack of recognition of the bad stuff, and therefore little to no motivation to fix it that permeates the city. Lots of people have told me that Buffalo "has great potential." To that I say, it's been a hundred years since Buffalo was a major player, where is it? In my view this is not coming anytime soon. Disagree if you want to, but just do it without being disagreeable as in the "rude" aspect I mentioned (or you'll just be proving my point yet again).

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Monica
Buffalo, NY

MS is beautiful - 5/25/2014

I'll admit I have not spent a great deal of time in MS, but passing through and making brief stops, I find it to be a very pleasant place. I have lived in Buffalo,NY my whole life, but have always felt drawn to the deep south. I've done some research on the cost of living, quality of life etc in MS. It looks like a possibility for when I retire. As bad as the taxes are here, and as much as the South calls my name, I can't bring myself to relocate from somewhere I've lived my whole life. A lot of folks say bad things about Buffalo. Some of it is true, but there are certainly some good points about it as well. - This is why I form my own opinion on places and take others opinions with a grain of salt. Really, the only thing that concerns me about MS is hurricanes and tornadoes. I just can't imagine having everything I own destroyed in the blink of an eye. People who have been through this multiple times have incredible resiliance. Up here, the worst we get are blizzards every few years. Everything is back up and running in a week, tops. I'd also like to add that MS is appealing because it has kept its southern charm. Too much of NC, FL, and VA has lost this. Ok, I'm rambling and going all over the place. I just wanted to add my two cents as a northerner.

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Michael
South Wales, NY

Cost of Living - 5/8/2013

The region provides a good value in terms of cost of living when compared to other metro areas.

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RunfromNY
Rochester, NY

Winters are too brutal - 4/19/2013

Winters in Buffalo are the worst. Many grey, overcast days and you often don't get to see the sun for a few days at a time. It is bitterly cold and it is not uncommon to have daily highs in the teens and overnight lows in the single digits. The snow is exasperating. If 4 feet of snow falls in a 24 hr period, oh well, just another work/school day. A snow blower is a necessity around here. Summers though are gorgeous even though they can be hot and sticky (humid). You will need a/c, or at least a fan, or you will be too uncomfortable to sleep at night.

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Ray
Pennington, NJ

great place to live - 4/2/2013

I lived in Buffalo over 30 years ago and loved it at that time. I returned for the first time last year and was amazed at the positive changes that have been made. the downtown and the waterfront have had a great deal of revitalization. The friendly people remain and the cultural opportunities are outstanding.Buffalo was named by Sperling as the second, after Pittsburgh,best city to relocate to.+ Buffalo does get snow but it doesn't have the dangerous weather that the popular sun belt cities have .The lake which causes the snow also protects the city from violent weather. Buffalo has a higher crime rate than New York City but it is much lower than Atlanta,Charlotte N.C,Tampa ,Dallas,Myrtle Beach and Miami I might consider retiring here.

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tenzin
New York, NY

Where in FL to buy an early retirement home? - 11/9/2012

Hi, I'm 46 and plan on retiring from work at 50, but not life, ehehe. I'm from Canada so I don't know much at all about the demographics of FL, social norms and rules. I want to buy a small property because I hate house chores, but need quiet place, crime free, bigot free, but lively, lots of life and things to do. I was think of Cape Coral because it is 2nd safest city in FL but I would have like to be more on the west coast. Can anyone in FL tell me about your place and why it would or would not be a good place for me?

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Robbilee
Clarksville, TN

My Time in Buffalo - 9/7/2012

I was born in Buffalo and most of my Mom's family and a few of my sisters still live there, while I do not. As a kid buffalo was great! The pizza was the best in the world! But as a I got older I began to feel uneasy there. Im not sure if the city changed or I did. However I do come home for visits often and throughly enjoy summer. Not a fan of the winters. Buffalo has it's own charm if really like being in a populated place but that also means being in a crowded place. The houses for the most part are very close together. But then there are always the suburbs where there is more space. My family always jokes that there are only two seasons in Buffalo, Winter and road work. Truthfully the roads are awful, but on a pluss side if you like history there are still little pieces of road done in brick. There was one in my Grandmother's neighborhood when I was growing up. However the roads being older in the city means they're very narrow and so in some parts traffic is kinda a pain. But then again now I live in Tn and it's still a pain. The people are varied in Buffalo as well. Some of them are amazingly helpfull espeacial when you're 17 and get your car stuck in a snow bank. However like everywhere there are the ones that drive you crazy! To me though they seemed to be in a higher density in Buffalo some days and others they all disapeared lol. I was never a fan of school in Buffalo either espeacial after going to school in ID after we moved. However my sister Tabitha much prefered it! As a kid though espeacially in the summer there is no where else that I would have rather been. There are parks everywhere! As well as mister frosty who I greatly missed when we moved away. Six Flags was always fun! All in all it's not for me but that's me. I would not say it isn't a good place to live, because it is. It's unique and full of history, excitement and amazing food, but not very hippy-chrunchy friendly. lol (lots of meat based foods.)

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Global
Buffalo, NY

The Real Buffalo - 5/30/2012

I'm reviewing this as a 28 year old man who has been a Buffalo born and bred resident and lived here all my life. I will try to be as unbiased and helpful as possible. The food/restaurant selection and quality is really second to none in the entire country, (except maybe Chicago). The architecture here is phenomenal. Want to live in a palatial mansion for around 500,000? You can do it here in one of our distinct Delaware or Elmwood districts. But for a far shorter price, say around 75k, you can get a solid home in very good shape in a nice neighborhood. Far, far less depending on the area as well. Some homes around our UB south Campus sell in the 40-50k range and with that of course comes a drunken college crowd. The seasons are as follows. Hot summers for around 80 days. Cold winters with little sunshine, (except for 2012, unseasonably warm). Global warming perhaps?? Bring your Vitamin D for December through March to not fall into the winter blues. Short Spring and Fall but nonetheless, four seasons. Plenty of things to do related to performing arts within the city. Cross into Canada within 5 minutes of downtown Buffalo and Toronto within an 1.5hr. Close to Pa and Oh. If you want an easy escape to half the country's population within a day of driving, Buffalo is a gateway city. Great education with colleges and universities here. Good museums, very walkable, though I walk everywhere so I'm used to it. Easy to get to suburbs and pricier, but worth it in areas such as Williamsville, Clarence, Amherst. Beloved Buffalo Bills are a constant disappointment but entertaining enough. Sabres are a good hockey team to cheer on with a nice cold beer and chicken wings. Minor league baseball, college hoops and the like. Violent crime can be rampant. If you already come from a pretty tough place, you should be okay if you mind your business in certain parts of town and be wise after 9. The "Chippewa Strip" consists of a dozen or so clubs that represent Buffalo's safest night scene. Diverse city for sure but some racial tension can be felt and the city is basically divided into 4 parts. East Side, mostly black, South Buffalo, mostly white, North Buffalo, an Italian area but very diverse with all races. The West Side, mostly Hispanic but a ton of foreigners and refugees live there as well. Riverside could be considered a fifth side of town but is basically a "sub-district" encompassing part of N Buffalo, the westside and the back yard of Kenmore, ( a small village essentially still connected to Buffalo and not always distinguished as separate from the city). Elmwood Village is our trendy, artsy, cool scene. Dog walkers, hooka smokers, eclectic types, cafe lovers, you'll have a field day on Elmwood. Delaware Park is a great places to stay fit in the summer. Buy a house outside the city such as in West Seneca or perhaps Cheektowaga for a little better quality of a home and safety. The dating scene is what you make it. Diverse age groups and you can always find singles partying at the very least. Our downtown is a snore. Not much to do AT ALL down there except eat at select places or watch the ugly people at the Greyhound station. Public transportation is decent, you don't need a car but would likely want to have one, but you can get around. Light rail that just travels up Main St., mostly underground. Not complex at all like in other major cities. Big waste of money for the city. Often called, "The train that goes nowhere." We're close to Niagara Falls, which I call Pothole City. Niagara Falls is a wasteland essentially and the only reason to go there is to look at the Canadian side of the Falls with visitors. You cannot compare NF to Buffalo at all, there just close to each other, that's all. Overall, I'd say for cheap housing, great food, consistent theater and concerts, festivals year round and easy access to a lot of the country, Buffalo is a great choice. I've been considering moving to the northwest, (Portland), but will likely live here for as long as I can while traveling all over and knowing I have a place that I'm renting for 650/mo everything included in a good neighborhood. If you fear crime that is above average, looking for a thriving business community or jobs galore, want to be surrounded by in your face entertainment all day, this may not be the place for you. Democratic city for sure, especially in the last couple of decades. The jobs do suck as with the rest of the country, but if you have a small home based business that brings you in around 3k a month net like I do, you can live good, even with a family. If you're young and want to save up, it's a good middle of the road area. If your're nearing retirement, I honestly don't see anything for you here unless you like easy access to lakes. Buffalo is a charming city where most people are willing to help you out. Many neighbors will still shovel snow for you or walk down the block with a snowblower to clear the sidewalks. For kids under 18, it can be a decent place to raise them. So much opportunity for the city, so many empty promises. I look forward to what the next decade brings, likely the same as the last decade but it's my city. p.s., We don't take well to outsiders talking disrespectfully about our city, or for Buffaloninas to talk trash to outsiders and give us a bad name. You have to be from here or have lived here at least 10-15, (preferably 20 years+, lol)to be overly critical.

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Paul
Tonawanda, NY

Snowy - 2/18/2012

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Buffalo, NY

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lee
Buffalo, NY

The future of Buffalo??? - 9/16/2011

I was raised in Buffalo and left in 1996 to be a part of the construction/development boom in Charlotte and Miami. I have recently returned and their has been very little change since I left? A little development, mostly in the suburbs and a few warehouse conversions by local developers here and there in the downtown area. It is very sad, because Buffalo is truly a beautiful city with amazing turn of the century architecture, food, located within 20 minutes of Niagara Falls (which is another story),an hr and a half from Toronto, undeveloped water front and infrastructure already in place. I came here inspired and motivated to be a part of something big. However, I have quickly learned that vision is blurred here and change is a something of a fairy tale? I have had numerous meetings with local leaders and developers holdong prime downtown properties and discussed possible opportunities. Some being a city place or entertainment epicenter. I had local and national tenants such as chain restaurants, movie theater and bars interested in the possibilities, and to my surprise, I was shocked by the discouraging conversations?? The local leaders also wish to realize the dream, however, they all have continued to pass the blame on the local politics? The politicians pass the blame on Albany, debt, taxes and ect. It can all be fixed!!! Fire the city leaders that have had their positions since 1970! Re-elect from other regions such as Charlotte, Miami, Atlanta and other cities that has experienced high growth! Get rid of unions! Limit public assistance and motivate those on assistance to work! Hire better teachers and create job opportunities! There is a lot we can build on, medical R&D, technology, customer service and energy. We have some of the best private high schools (Nichols, Canisus, Nardin, Bflo Seminary and etc.) and universities (UB, Canisus) in the country. We have Mr. Pizza! And you cant get that anywhere! But seriously! Buffalo/Niagara can be great! And I would love to be a part of it! We need true change! A true wash of all current leaders! We need excitment and vision! Lee

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Jody
Buffalo, NY

A city with a variety of activites - 6/29/2011

I was born and raised in the Buffalo area. I am currently living in West Seneca, which is a suburb of Buffalo. Western New York is beautiful and has a lot of different activites. We have many different bodies of water nearby. Buffalo is on the coast of Lake Erie. Niagara river connects Lake Erie and Lake Ontario. Actually the river flows over Niagara Falls, which is within half an hour. The finger Lakes are within 2-3 hours away and is absolutely beautiful. We have many other lakes nearby. We also have the Erie Canal if you're interested in the canal system and it's many locks. The Erie Canal is within half an hour as well. We have beautiful parks with trails as well as picnic shelters. Allegany State Park is within an hour and a half. As the name says, it's in the Allegany Mountains. In the summer we have a lot of free entertainment. Every weekend we have some kind of festival. Some of the festivals are the Art Festival, Taste of Buffalo, Italian Festival, Wing Festival, Eden Corn Festival, and many others throughout the area. Buffalo offers a lot of free music entertainment in the summer as well. Just about every day you can find a place to go listen to some free music either Downtown Buffalo, the waterfront, or other nearby areas. We have a lot of art in the Buffalo area. Sheas is located in Downtown Buffalo and you can go see Broadway plays, besides other venues that offer plays. We have Artpark, which also has free entertainment weekly. Once you get to know the area, there is plenty to do in the summer. As for the winter, we have ski resorts nearby. Kissing Bridge is half an hour from Buffalo and Holiday Valley is about an hour away. There's an outdoor ice skating rink in Downtown Buffalo. Chestnut Ridge Park is about 20 minutes from Downtown Buffalo and they offer sledding, cross country skiing, and tobaggan shoots if you're interested in tobagganing. If fishing is your thing, you can go ice fishing on Lake Erie as well as many of the other lakes. Autumn is absolutely beautiful with it's fall foliage, especially while driving through the hills and mountains. Buffalo is also known for its many restaurants. We do have the chain restaurants, but if you're from the area you know there are so many great restaurants so why bother with a chain. The Elmwood area, located in Buffalo, is known for it's art, sidewalk cafes, and shops. There's so many great things about the Buffalo, New York area that I can't just keep going on. Unfortunately there are some negatives that can be a problem. The job market isn't the best and the taxes are high. If you have the chance though, I definitely think you should check out the Buffalo, New York area.

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lawrence
Covington, GA

living in buffalo - 12/16/2010

I was born and raised in the buffalo ny area namely Niagara falls ny, and I have always hated the place. You have to be crazy recommending that place to be one of the best cities to live in. I always thought something was wrong with me until I left there, those people in that area are crazy and totally unless. I left there the day I received my high school diploma and hate going back but my mother still lives there and I can only stand to be there for three days at the most. I quit going to church because I realized that I was born in hell so I have no fear of going there. The whole area should be torn down an made a ski resort, that's the only thing good I see the place could be.

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Jack
Buffalo, NY

Buffalo Heart of the Super Shore - 10/27/2010

This night satellite photo of the lights of Toronto, Hamilton, Niagara Falls, Buffalo and Erie PA is the basis for declaring the greater region as the Super Shore and Buffalo as it's heart. This shoreline is a feature of practically every North American TV weather program and as such is begging to be commercially exploited as a regional identifier. There are approximately 7,000,000 people living along the shores from Toronto to Erie, PA. Smart people who have chosen to live next to the preeminent source of fresh water. The region is centered on a thriving international border crossing and a world famous waterfall not to mention being within 500 miles of all the financial centers of the Northeast. Buffalo is a great place to live for a bunch of local reasons but the best way to bring ourselves to the attention of the global marketplace is by promoting the greater region.

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Nwabu
Buffalo, NY

Jobs and economy - 4/7/2010

The economy is very bad in Buffalo, since we have been going through economic problems for years the recessions has hurt us the least and that is a sad thing to say. there are not many careers and jobs in buffalo, other than telemarketing and collections.

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Paul
Akron, NY

Overall, a good place - 2/1/2010

Friendly people, average costs, longer commutes compared to where I moved from (Kalamazoo, MI), has many of the challenges of older urban areas.

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Buffalo, NY

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Buffalo, NY

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Tom
West Palm Beach, FL

moving to buffalo - 8/2/2009

looking for a neighborhood where i am able to walk to shops, restaurants and bars

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lanidar
Rochester, NY

taxes - 6/30/2009

Although housing is inexpensive, property taxes, state income taxes and increasing taxes on consumables, are onerous. Over 30% of the state's income taxes originated from Wall St. and with economic downturn and new regulation coming, taxes will increase. 1500 sqare foot townhouse= $6300, also among highest utilities in US. Buyer Beware.

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