Buffalo

Mark Byrnes

No One Knows When Buffalo's Pedestrian Mall Overhaul Will Be Finished

With funding arriving on a block-by-block basis, everyone is eager to see if bringing cars back to Main Street will finally make a difference.

David Torke, fixBuffalo

Riding Through Poor Neighborhoods With New Urbanists

A bike tour in Buffalo that aimed to "inspire feelings of civic duty and moral outrage" may have also exposed weaknesses in a movement's philosophy.

NASA

Expect Plenty More Toxic Algae in Lake Erie This Summer

It's already too late to ward off this year's sliming.

Associated Press

Buffalo Was Once a Model for Integration. Now the Vast Majority of its Public Schools Are Segregated

How one of the city's biggest success stories went wrong.

Flickr user Schaffner

Have U.S. Light Rail Systems Been Worth the Investment?

Despite modest success, most systems have neither increased mass transit commute share nor the vitality of city centers.

Reuters

America's Biggest Metros Are Growing Much Faster Than Other Cities

The population of cities with more than a million people jumped 3.2 percent, much better than the 2.4 percent for the U.S. overall.

Mark Byrnes

A Buffalo Artist Accidentally Tricked Locals Into Thinking They'd Uncovered a Past Relic

He transformed an abandoned department store's display windows into old-timey ads.

Buffalove Development/Flickr

Saving Neighborhoods From the 'Vacancy Vortex'

In cities like Buffalo, empty homes make neighborhood restoration a serious challenge. But one group has a clever fix.

Mark Byrnes

A Windfall of Art as Buffalo's Tallest Building Goes Dark

HSBC Bank moved out of the city's biggest skyscraper and its leaving its impressive modernist art collection behind.

AP

How One Man Stole $210,000 in Parking Meter Quarters

Every detail of this story is amazing.

Aaron Borngraber

The Depressing Stuff You'll Find Inside an Abandoned Inner City School

Travel back in time to Buffalo, 1979.

Mark Byrnes

Baseball's Oddest Season

A look back at the peculiar personalities of the short-lived 1890 Players' League.

Flickr user Lee Johnson/Mark Byrnes

'Why Is Boston So Racist' and 50 Other City Stereotypes Revealed by Google Autocomplete

Austin is 'liberal,' Tampa is 'trashy,' and Buffalo is both 'cold' and 'depressing.'

Library of Congress

Remembering America's First Female Architect

Louise Blanchard Bethune designed a number of important buildings around Buffalo.

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The Data Center Next Door

Can buildings full of machines make good neighbors?

Erie Canal Harbor Development Corp.

Luminous Shots of Grain Elevators Like You've Never Seen Them Before

A Buffalo light show aims to turn the city's symbols of decline into a flashy tourist draw.

Shutterstock

The Problem With Calling Cities 'Post-Industrial'

It's time to come up with a new way of thinking and talking about places like Milwaukee, Pittsburgh, and Cleveland.

Metros Clobbered by the Housing Crisis Are Growing Again

Populations in markets hit hard by the 2008 crisis – like Phoenix, Orlando, and Las Vegas – grew faster than others.

Wikimedia Commons/Larkin Development Group

An Urban-Suburban Compromise to Revitalize a Buffalo Neighborhood

Larkinville, Buffalo's most successful urban development initiative in decades, merges city hip with suburban convenience.