"A South Beach-inspired gathering place. Bike lanes and kayak tours. Free outdoor yoga classes. Alfresco dancing and dining.
Ready for this one? It’s all in Buffalo.”
I find that kind of lead-in—the only one national journalists seem to use—so insulting. How many of these stupid articles are going to be written about Buffalo? There have been like half a dozen “oh hey this shitty place is kinda less shitty” articles in the past year, written by people who know jackshit about the city and, in fact, have a preexisting disdain for it.
What I’d much prefer to read is a piece about Buffalo’s progress/the current state of Buffalo written by a local who wouldn’t have that dismissive urge to include a fucking boring, hackneyed line about cold winters. It means absolutely nothing to me to hear some snobby freelance journalist remark that “signs of a new Buffalo became obvious in no time”— this motherfucker who is all skeptical of whether or not chicken wings were actually invented in Buffalo (“the spicy bar food the city loves to claim”) and seems to enjoy her time at Buffalo best when she forgets where she is (last lines).
Fuck this kind of article #1 and #2—who is really benefiting from these improvements? I’m glad for Buffalo that they got a billion from the state (desperately needed), but are these attractions (kayaking, waterfront stuff) going to affect the thousands of people who live in poverty in the city? Cool that middle class people are happy and have outdoor yoga, but what about the massive areas of urban decay, of violence and crime and generational hardship/living below the poverty line?