I much prefer it to our glass-walled fortress to the northeast. Today's Toronto Star does a darn good job at exposing the retro-hip vibe pulsating through the Queen City.
Buffalo's downtown and surrounding neighbourhoods in Allentown, Elmwood Village and Delaware Park are incredible. A huge surge in downtown loft and condo projects is currently underway, and unlike the underwhelming design and architecture we're seeing in Hamilton, Buffalo is doing a great job at building projects that convey a cool, hip image to visitors and potential investors.
Hamilton would be wise to send Council on a weekend trip to Buffalo and pay close attention to all the little things being done to turn that city around.
Similar to Hamilton, the residential neighbourhoods surrounding the core are the best in the city. The biggest difference in Buffalo is that streets remain safe and enjoyable for people, not cars and trucks.
Funky cafes, bookstores and clothing shops line quaint urban streets and are tucked into residential areas similar to many downtown neighbourhoods I enjoyed when I lived in Portland.
Hamilton has essentially killed any chance of seeing our urban neighbourhoods filled with such great business and flair by ensuring that every major street remains a highway.
Perhaps in a few decades when the younger generation fills the offices and council seats at City Hall, we'll see this change, but in the meantime, hop in your car and head for the border the next time you're hankering to get out of town.
Downtown Hamilton to the Towne Diner on Elmwood Ave is exactly 1 hour. You might never go back to TO once you discover the charm and unpretentious vibes in Buffalo.
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