Comment 17043

By statius (registered) | Posted January 10, 2008 at 15:05:54

I haven't visited Buffalo in years and have always been surprised at the city's sorry state. I didn't know it was enjoying such a reversal of fortune until I saw the article you reference above. If indeed Buffalo is in the process of a resurgence, I do think it is precisely the sort of city that Hamilton should be studying. While Buffalo's architectural heritage is considerably richer than Hamilton's, I think it is (in large part) the presence of older, urban architecture, and higher density cores which will allow both of these cities to attract the sort of people who find the anonymous expanses of the Erie County suburbs, Mississauga, Brampton, etc. alienating and unliveable. Further, although Ryan might carp at this, I commend Buffalo for approving buildings which as you say "convey a cool, hip image". I think a key element in the resurgence of just about any major city is the ability to communicate confidence through new architecture.

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