Buffalo Billion and beyond...
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Buffalo Billion and beyond...

April 9, 2016
Struggling to make a living in Buffalo, NY: Photo Credit, Maria Rosa
Struggling to make a living in Buffalo, NY: Photo Credit, Maria Rosa
The City & State media published a two-part series Beyond the Billion: Left Behind," by Justin Sondel with Brendan Bannon, photographer, depicting the past, present and future state of affairs in the Queen City from one of the most commercial centers in the Niagara Region with a population of half million to less than 265,000 today. Here is the story

"After decades of disinvestment, Buffalo – a once-bustling economic behemoth that at one point was home to the most millionaires per capita in the nation – had become a collection of hollowed out neighborhoods with pockets of intermittent stability and a few bastions of old money."

"In recent decades politicians, advocates and community leaders have grappled with those economic realities. Countless officials have vowed to return Buffalo – the home of the Pan-American Exposition, the Larkin Soap Company, Bethlehem Steel, and the gateway from the Midwest to the East Coast – to its grandiose former self. But those vows repeatedly went unfulfilled. The cruel misfortunes of the city’s sports teams and routine blizzards contributed to its reputation as a national punching bag: four consecutive Super Bowl losses. Endless winters. Even worse, a new economic blow splashed across the headlines every day. In the collective American psyche, Buffalo had become one of the last places you’d want to be."

"City & State is the only media company devoted solely to covering government and politics in New York. Formed from the merger of City Hall and The Capitol newspapers in 2012, City & State now provides insightful and detailed coverage of the politics, the policies and the people of influential individuals and organizations all over New York."
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