One of the unintended consequences of sustained blogging is readership. Emails pour in daily, mostly asking about Artspace, investment opportunities and various questions about "the old neighborhood" here on the City's East side. Others, like this, slow me down. Always interested in what others are thinking...
Yikes!As a former Buffalonian, I check in frequently to your site to keep an eye on how things are going back home. As an architect, I appreciate your keeping architecture and the built environment in the forefront of your discussions. Keep up the intelligent discourse.Anyway, I moved to Charlotte in mid-2004, and thought you might be interested in another outside view of Buffalo. I looked at my Sunday Observer and was surprised to see "Buffalo Stampede" splashed across the front page. I had seen in previous days the paper was going to be publishing their study of the main sources of Charlotte's population influx, and suspected New York State might be mentioned prominently, but never did I imagine this!
A BUFFALO STAMPEDE
UPSTATE N.Y. LEADS CHARGE TO CHARLOTTE REGION, ANALYSIS FINDS
LEIGH DYER, LDYER@CHARLOTTEOBSERVER.COM, DATABASE EDITOR TED MELLNIK CONTRIBUTED.
On the shores of Lake Erie, the city of Buffalo and other communities have withered. Two-thirds of cities and towns in upstate New York lost population this decade. Several games of the region's beloved Buffalo Bills were blacked out locally this season because of unfilled seats. The local Catholic diocese is closing schools and churches. Since its 1950s high, Buffalo's population has declined by more than half, to around 280,000. Meanwhile, since 2000, Charlotte has added 46,000 residents.
And now, an Observer analysis of new data from the Internal Revenue Service shows a significant chunk of upstate New York's population has moved to the Charlotte region. The information, using address changes on tax returns, paints a picture of the migration into and out of the Charlotte region. It shows that Mecklenburg County is the No. 1 out-of-state destination for people leaving Erie County, home of Buffalo. It's the No. 2 out-of-state destination from Monroe County, home to nearby Rochester. read the rest
Could drive this route blindfolded. Very dear friend, Nancy Braun former Buffalo attorney and restaurant owner, now with Alan Tate, keeps inviting me. Give her a call if you're headed down. She's Charlotte's top residential realtor and knows food better than anyone I know...