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Dying Cities and Tacos

14 Aug

There are a lot of blog posts and happytweets about a Buffalo-born chef saying he really likes Ted’s and Might Taco in a national magazine. Renaissance!

A few months ago, Forbes Magazine added Buffalo to a list of the 10 Fastest-Dying American Cities.

Lost amidst the back-patting about our local hot doggeries and taquerias, is the news of a summit held in Dayton, OH yesterday where representatives from the governments of 9 out of 10 of those dying cities attended to discuss strategies to make them less dying-ish.

Take a wild guess which city’s government sent no one from a governmental position.

Buffalo sent non-profit wunderkind from Buffalo ReUse, Michael Gainer.  No one from city government or county government appeared.  Kudos to Michael, but Buffalo’s roster should have been longer.

I don’t care that it’s an election year, that is utterly and fundamentally disgraceful.

After hearing him speak about the Pittsburgh area’s recent successes, I think it would be far more valuable to invite this gentleman to come and speak to business and political leaders in Erie County than, for instance, former mayors who come to advocate for the removal of highways and whatnot.  Pittsburgh will be hosting the G-20.  Buffalo touts tacos and events featuring deep-fried items.