Cities Speak

30 May

Via Richard Florida’s blog, this essay:

Great cities attract ambitious people. You can sense it when you walk around one. In a hundred subtle ways, the city sends you a message: you could do more; you should try harder.

The surprising thing is how different these messages can be. New York tells you, above all: you should make more money. There are other messages too, of course. You should be hipper. You should be better looking. But the clearest message is that you should be richer.

What I like about Boston (or rather Cambridge) is that the message there is: you should be smarter. You really should get around to reading all those books you’ve been meaning to.

When you ask what message a city sends, you sometimes get surprising answers. As much as they respect brains in Silicon Valley, the message the Valley sends is: you should be more powerful.

(Read the whole thing here)

What is Buffalo saying?

18 Responses to “Cities Speak”

  1. Mike Miller May 30, 2008 at 6:53 am #

    I think Buffalo is saying “Come, have a beer with me. We’ll be the best of friends….. until we talk about development and preservation”.

  2. Eez May 30, 2008 at 7:03 am #

    Come in with great ideas and watch them die a slow, painful death…and don’t you dare think about tearing down that long vacant building with the caved-in roof!

  3. Ward May 30, 2008 at 7:10 am #

    “I don’t want to!”

  4. Chaz May 30, 2008 at 8:14 am #

    “Bend Over”

  5. Chris Smith May 30, 2008 at 9:17 am #

    “Buy more sweatpants and settle into FAILville”

  6. Dan May 30, 2008 at 9:35 am #

    “Old school.” The larger cultural, socioeconomic and political landscape are straight from the 1970s. hat;’s not to resort to the cliche that Buffalonians have mullets and feathered hair, race primer gray Chevy Novas on the streets, and so on, but so much of the region just has a time-warpy vibe behind the scenes.

  7. lulu May 30, 2008 at 9:52 am #

    You should be grittier.

  8. Wait for it May 30, 2008 at 10:33 am #

    That Cyburbia Dan has a masters in trotting out tired stereotypes, which does not equal good planning

  9. Ike May 30, 2008 at 11:07 am #

    you should save me

  10. Chris Smith May 30, 2008 at 12:44 pm #

    Honestly, this city says look backwards instead of forward. Accept the status quo and be grateful the situation isn’t worse. That kind of thinking permeates almost all decisions made in the region.

  11. Starbuck May 30, 2008 at 1:15 pm #

    What is Buffalo saying?

    “No. Our contract doesn’t say we have to do that. Besides, we’re on a break now.”

  12. Charlie Riley May 30, 2008 at 1:22 pm #

    “Were content being who we are (friendly, blue-collar, nostalgic), but we can always complain about it”

  13. Denizen May 30, 2008 at 1:43 pm #

    “You scratch my back, I scratch yours”

  14. Prodigal Son May 30, 2008 at 1:50 pm #

    “Get a Union, or get a Patron, if you want a job. Indenpendently qualified people need not apply.”

  15. Jon Splett May 30, 2008 at 4:46 pm #

    “Once the Bills leave, no one will even remember we exist!”

  16. Buffalo Hodgepodge May 31, 2008 at 8:37 pm #

    Be mediocre: because it’s easy to reach a pretty good level of comfort.

  17. Leslie Marshall June 10, 2008 at 1:51 pm #

    I can’t stand this City, it is absolutely the most political city anywhere. If you don’t hang with the in crowd, you will not get anything accomplished here.



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