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I've lived in Buffalo my whole life, I grew up in a suburb 20 minutes outside of the city, and currently live in the heart of the city. Buffalo has seen tremendous revitalization in the past few years, and shows no sign of stopping. Canalside has become a huge attraction, with kayaking, tours of the naval park, nearby restaurants, and free concerts and other events over the summer, it is turning into the place to be! Buffalo has beautifully diverse architecture from different time periods and styles, and real estate is also still relatively low here, so the cost of living is cheap! The only things I wish to see improved is our public transportation system (although ride-sharing was just passed so hopefully this will help), and diversifying our city (Buffalo has a vibrant immigrant and refugee population, but the city is still very segregated). While progress is still being made, I have no plans to leave this great city I call home!
Growing up in Buffalo has been awesome. It will always be my home. The city is up and coming as of late with great things happening! Awesome food, lovely parks, and a great music scene. While it may seem like a big city, it is really small. You will always run into friends and people you know in the places you would least expect to see them. While the winters can be long and cold, the change in seasons is delightful. Cold winters, yet perfect summers. If you can endure the cold and survive "rough buff" you will love love Buffalo.
Annually, Buffalo ranks among the top 5 cities in poverty and segregation. Gentrification in certain urban areas has caused rents to skyrocket, but real estate is generally affordable compared to other similarly-sized cities. The medical corridor project offers the promise of a healthy employment situation for those in health-sciences and medical-technology fields, and major investment in infrastructure, small businesses, the waterfront, and real-estate has transformed the once-floundering downtown into a trendy entertainment district. Property crimes are not infrequent due, and bodily crimes tend to be localized in certain high-crime areas. In other words, it is generally a safe place to live and raise a family. Buffalo has great food, and the ethic diversity of the city is reflected in its dining establishments. Also, Buffalo is within easy driving distance to such tourist hubs as Niagara Falls and Toronto.