“The U.S. has not just misplaced its priorities. When the most powerful country ever to inhabit the earth finds it so easy to plunge into the horror of warfare but almost impossible to find adequate work for its people or to properly educate its young, it has lost its way entirely.”—Losing Our Way - NYTimes.com
Lovely. Not only did Buffalo’s first-ring suburbs continue to lose population to the second ring suburbs and exurbs, but Allentown, North Buffalo, and the Elmwood Strip also continued to lose population. So unlike almost every other metro area in the country over the last ten years, Buffalo’s urban core has continued to lose population. Even its affluent yuppie neighborhoods. However, I wonder if there’s a story lurking underneath the population loss data in the Elmwood Village as more houses have been converted to single family households with higher incomes.
The only areas in the City of Buffalo that saw any meaningful population growth were Black Rock/Riverside (?!), the Fruit Belt, and the waterfront.
“This disposition to admire, and almost to worship , the rich and powerful, and to despise , or , at least neglect persons of poor and mean conditions, though necessary both to establish and to maintain the distinction of ranks and the order of society, is, at the same time, the great and most universal cause of the corruption of our moral sentiments.”—Adam Smith, The Theory of Moral Sentiments