a trip back to my Hometown

As a good lot of you know im from Buffalo ,New York.  any chance i get, i love going home to visit the water front and the down town area. but this particular visit, i brought my neighbor,she lived in the south towns for a few years but never really went down town. it was a great adventure..for me, and i do believe she loved it as well. She like most people (who arent from Bflo.)  have no clue how much it has changed ,and now recognized as a tourist destination. and it also has one of the longest bike runs and lake view parks, at least in North America.

i only wish i had original pics of what buffalo’s’ water front  looked like when i was growing up. unless you worked on the docks, in one of the gain mills, or at the steel mill..or a vagrant..you really didnt go by the water..  contamination at its highest level.

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the water is clean, and used widely for recreation of all kinds. they still get some big grain ships coming through from time to time, but not like the old days,even in the ’70s you could still see ocean vessels coming in to load and unload.

the boat in this pic. is a history tour. ive taken b4, and would have taken today,but we didnt have much time.

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this is where i grew up. just steps away from  the Buffalo River. see those train tracks.. you just never heard of any one getting run over by a train back then. and there is a neighborhood behind this building.
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so on with the tour.

We started at the very beginning, and we r working our way downtown, to the “New Buffalo” water front.

On July 3, 2003, at the climax of a fiscal crisis, the Buffalo Fiscal Stability Authority was established[11] to oversee the finances of the city. As a “hard control board,” they have frozen the wages of city employees and must approve or reject all major expenditures. After a period of severe financial stress, Erie County, where Buffalo resides, was assigned a Fiscal Stability Authority on July 12, 2005. As a “soft control board,” however, they act only in an advisory capacity.[12] Both Authorities were established by New York State. In November 2005, Byron Brown was elected Mayor of Buffalo. He is the first African-American to hold this office.

Economic development in the city was marked at $3.5 billion in 2006 compared to the ten year previous average of $50 million[citation needed]. New proposals and renovations were numerous, especially in the downtown area. Buffalo ranked 83rd on the Forbes best cities for jobs list, an increase from the previous year, beating out cities like New York City, Cleveland, and Detroit.

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that water ? the buffalo river. those buildings? now clean up and renovated  , all lit up at night. next to the Labatts Blue (which were silos) is a huge restaurant . the lake is just on the other side .
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still working on things…theres some recreational  boaters   .. usually its packed.. but we were very early  and it was only in the low 70’s.
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a view from above

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 beautiful city hall
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one of those freighters i was talking a bout..maybe on its way to Cleveland?? or Canada… way over to the right of this photo.that land is Canada
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another tour boat,heading back .
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there is actually a bike ferry, a 5 min. ride, that will take you across the river For $1.00 and a buck to come back over. to pedal all along the  Buffalo shore line(of Lake Erie). its pretty flat, and a very long stretch, most of it is built for bikes and pedestrians.

there  are lots of places to stop along the bike route for  bathroom breaks and  food or drink.

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the naval museum. growing bigger every time i come here.

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well thats it for this trip, i sure hope you liked it as much as my neighbor did :)and if you took the time to stay a while, thank you in advance. i love my home town. i take every opportunity to go and visit. and always find something new and wonderful. if you ever have the chance.. get off the the thru way and visit, you’ll be glad you did.

have a wonderful  rest of the week.

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15 comments

  1. Gorgeous photos, I always enjoy looking at waterfront photos with boats. The lighthouse is so cute. I don’t think I’ve ever seen photos of Buffalo before, so this was an interesting tour ❤

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    • Thank you Suvi. Well your not alone;) most people think of the old northern cities as plain old rust belts. I do what I can to to pass on how far this wonderful city has come along. It sure didn’t look like this when I was growing up:)
      Thanks for stopping by.

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  2. Buffalo is definitely a different place from what I remember as a kid. We were frequent visitors to Dunkirk and occasionally passed through on the way home to Toronto. Buffalo is gorgeous now with some pretty awesome historic buildings. You’re a great ambassador for your hometown. Beautiful work Kathy

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    • Thanks Mary, I’m very proud of my hometown, and what it has become. If I still lived there I would love to volunteer . As a dossier.. I think I said that right?:) thanks again Mary, your really making me feel guilty now

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