Richard Florida collected some data. Doesn't look good for Buffalo, NY. It was Tom Yorty from Westminster who mentioned Florida's recent article, Where the Brains Are [pdf] the other day. Florida's work appears in the most recent issue of the Atlantic Monthly, October 2006. First time I've ever seen the data presented like this. Education and housing values.1970 and 2000 - depict the migration of college graduates over the last thirty years. Hard to believe that Buffalo once supported such intellectual heavy weights as Richard Hofstadter and Harry Emerson Fosdick.
Richard Florida's work has been celebrated recently in Buffalo, NY - right here. It certainly seems as though his analysis is beginning to merge with what Joel Kotkin has said in - Rise of the Ephemeral City.
Trends. Tough stuff to overcome. Long slow slog.