Deep Thought: Lists

11 Feb

Forbes’ addition of Buffalo to a list of “most miserable cities” is as pointless, useless, and irrelevant as any other list Buffalo ever got added to. Especially the lists that people mindlessly stuff the ballot box for.

Buffalonians know why it’s nice to live here. The outside world thinks – and will for the foreseeable future continue to think – of Buffalo as a rusty, Gertrude Steinian nowhere. I picked up a kids’ board book about New York at B&N the other day, and Buffalo was depicted as a rusty factory icon, and had no entry. Niagara Falls was the only significant entry for WNY.

The weather here is not significantly different from the weather in any other northern city – Stockholm, St Petersburg, Toronto, Minneapolis, Montreal, Winnipeg, Oslo, Helsinki. We whine about it and get made fun of about our weather, but instead of embracing the one thing we’re known for, we say we’re sunnier than Orlando. Screw that. We’re also snowier than Orlando. There are ways to market that and ways to capitalize on that, but instead we go on and on about things like “sense of place”, to middling effect.

13 Responses to “Deep Thought: Lists”

  1. HapKlein February 11, 2009 at 6:38 am #

    Anytime I see a negative comment by any media figure that uses snow as an indicator of quality of life my attentions shifts elsewhere.

    Buffalo and Snow is like Peoria was to Vaudville it always draws a laugh. But I know many folk who have moved here and remain here just to enjoy snow country in the winter.

    I know I do and have never regreted it. And to a bicyclist Buffalo is superb with a street grid designed for half a million populated by less than 200K. How can anything be better?

    Smaller and snowy is not bad and I think Buffalo is just one well kept secret.

    Forbes blew their reputation by misssing the bank and housing crunch and now try to spin off validity by ranking cities they never visit.

  2. WNYPMH February 11, 2009 at 9:51 am #

    I agree. This past weekend’s pond hockey tournament is just another great way to market the winter lifestyle that many of us enjoy. There used to be a winter fest in Como Park every year that included a winter softball tournament. I don’t know if it still exosts or whether it was a casualty of the “red” budget “green” budget Giambra debacle. In any case, it was a great showcase for what we already know about Buffalo, that it is a great place to be…year round.

  3. STEEL February 11, 2009 at 10:08 am #

    It is crazy that there is not a major winter festival. That pond hockey thing is a start but that is done on the same level in other places. There needs to be a very big push to make winter a reason to come to Buffalo.

  4. August West February 11, 2009 at 11:05 am #

    To me, the essence of being downtown is the smell of Cheerio’s wafting over the landscape – like today!!

  5. hank February 11, 2009 at 11:07 am #

    Gee–there USED to be a winter festival back in the 60’s—At Delaware Park.
    Snow Sculpting, and when the lake in front of the Casino froze over (it did most years), they had tobogganing, skating, kids hockey, etc.

    The Buff State crowd would snow sculpt then spray paint the creation. It was a nice thing. In the late 60’s there was some kind of issue that made the water in front of the casino stop freezing over, and that put the kibosh to it.

    GOOD PEOPLE CAN MAKE A DIFFERENCE, and there’s plenty of them who read this every day. A great opportunity for WNY’ers to put their politics aside and join together to do something good for everyone—-Like the Santa thing at Chestnut Ridge on steroids, if you will. I’ve not been home in the winter since 88-89, but if something like this was going on, I’d invest in a coat, hat, gloves and boots and come up. Don’t need ’em in NC.

  6. frieda February 11, 2009 at 11:15 am #

    Reading a National Blog and there was only a couple of mild references to Buffalo and Cleveland. Most of the Blogging centered around Chicago and Miami.
    what was worth a chuckle is how Bloggers living in cities which have fairly pristine reputations, suggested that their own cities sucked and should be added to the list.

  7. WNYMedia February 11, 2009 at 11:48 am #

    I guess you guys missed the fact that there was a 2009 Winterfest this past weekend at Chestnut Ridge Park.

    “This free, family friendly event is back for 2009 after being cancelled for several years due to budget cuts. This year’s event has received private sponsorship, and several local community groups are donating goods and services to make Winterfest possible.

    Winterfest 2009 will feature: sledding, snow shoe hikes, snowboarding, snow sculptures, hay rides, a hockey skills competition, wood branding, nature education, marshmallow roasting, and food and beverages.”

  8. BuffaloShark February 11, 2009 at 1:42 pm #

    I saw that forbes list and thought some of the categories would be positive for buffalo

    commute time? has to be postive. even on bad days it’s usually under 30 minutes unless you live out in the sticks and have to drive into downtown

    weather? it’s not that bad, and the snow isn’t as bad as the media likes to portray. Not to mention snow is a positive for some people

    unemployment and taxes would definitely be negatives though

  9. Jon Splett February 11, 2009 at 3:58 pm #

    The first words out of my mouth when I heard Buffalo was the 8th most miserable city were ‘Bullshit. No way seven cities are worse than Buffalo’.

    It may snow in other cities, but the good things about those cities cancel it out. Buffalo lacks these good things. The snow isn’t what makes Buffalo suck, it’s just the icing on top of the Failcake.

  10. Denizen February 11, 2009 at 4:49 pm #

    ^^ Someone needs to get laid

  11. WNYPMH February 11, 2009 at 9:37 pm #

    I don’t understand, Splatt. You really don’t like anything about your situation. You don’t like the federal government as it is trying to take over the world through unjust military action, you don’t like Buffalo. Really, not trying to be a smart ass, OK maybe alittle, but why don’t you pack it up and get out? There’s gotta be someplace that you could be happy.

  12. HapKlein February 12, 2009 at 6:49 am #

    Buffalo had some great winter fests in the 1970’s but at the most ambitious one they erected a tobaggon slide on Court Street and lined up a doazne ice blocks and sculpters along Main Street in front of the Mall. Alas the temperature was fifty degrees that week. We went there anyway but it was pretty depressing with the ice blocks melting away.

    Several more were tried in Delaware Park after that and had some hits but more misses.

    Back in the 1960’s and 1970’s a great x-country ski a thon was organized annually along the West Overland Trail in Chattaugua County. But warm winters and unpredictable snow just didn’t allow any more after about 1980.

    We lovers of winter and snow were aware of global warming and climate change long before they had a name. This past January had some of the finest snow I have seen in fifty years.

  13. Timothy Domst February 12, 2009 at 6:53 pm #

    If WNY wasn’t taxed to death by corrupt and/or bloated State, County, and local governments we’d have a robust economy and no one would care about the snow. I love winter.

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