11/01/2007

Following Glaeser...

If you haven't read Edward Glaeser's Can Buffalo Ever Come Back?, you should. Little bit of traction here and was later picked up by Buffalo Rising with a fire-storm of comments - 106 at last count - Teary Eyed Buffalo Bashing.
The conversation continues with Tyler and Alex at Marginal Revolution with a great comment stream. Noticed another thread at Sky Scraper Page, too. Just finished reading Deputy Erie County Executive Bruce Fisher's response to Edward Glaeser in the most recent issue of Artvoice - What Will it Take? way worth reading.

Let me know if I'm missing any other threads...
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4 comments:

b said...

Couple of global perspectives:

from The Economist (and they have a couple other threads about it too):
http://www.economist.com/blogs/freeexchange/2007/10/woe_woe_buffalo.cfm

and does anybody translate Turkish?

href=http://ekonomiturk.blogspot.com/2007/10/buffalo-sehir-ekonomisi.html

Anonymous said...

I read the article when it first showed up on "Fix Buffalo". The author's claim of Buffalo's decline starting when the Erie Canal began to decline, well - that's ludicrous. The Erie Canal was declining in the 1880's because of the railroads. Buffalo adapted to that change well enough to become the 2nd largest rail center in North America (after Chicago). See Edward T. Dunn's excellent work, "History of Railroads in Western New York". Buffalo's decline began after WWII, when folks began to leave most "Rustbelt" cities, first moving to the suburbs, then to the sunbelt as New York State became less and less able to keep its industrial base. Throw in the elements of societal decline over the past 50 years...
Chip

smlg.ca said...

Wouldn't it be more correct to say Buffalo decline is more directly linked to the opening of the St. Lawrence Seaway and then the general decline in manufacturing from technological change and increased global competition?

MJ said...

I've always liked this write up, even though I am not conservative.

http://www.walkablestreets.com/conservative.htm