10 Reasons Why Buffalo is Nothing Like You Think

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It's not always snowing.

Buffalo snowstorm.
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Let's get one thing straight, Buffalo isn't always covered in snow. While we experience incredibly harsh winters, we also have amazing summers. Western New York is lucky enough to experience all four seasons to their fullest, meaning that you aren't going to get caught in a snowstorm in July because you'll probably be at the beach.

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Buffalo experiences all four seasons to the extreme.


In fact, the area used to be home to one of the greatest lake-side amusement parks in the country that saw thousands of visitors each summer. There are a number of beaches that surround the city and plenty of summer festivals that draw in the crowds.

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There's much more than greasy foods.

Chicken wings
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While the Buffalo chicken wing is the namesake of this fair city, that doesn't mean that there isn't plenty of different options. The city is a cultural melting pot and there's no better way to realize that then stepping out and trying the ethnic restaurants.

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The dining scene is making a national impression.

Buffalo dining
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A handful of notable restaurants have opened their doors in only the past couple of years in Buffalo and they are bringing a whole new dining scene to the city. Places like Hydraulics Hearth, Craving, Toutant and Buffalo Proper are creating a whole new level of dining in the city that hasn't been seen in decades.

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It's not just a blue collar city.

Buffalo Niagara Medical Campus
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While the city may have been founded on blue collar work ethic with railroad and industry as the supporting profession for the majority of Buffalonians, times have changed. Many of the factories have closed and the railroad is a shadow of what it once was. Luckily, times have changed. Education and healthcare provide most Western New Yorkers with career opportunities, and the growing family-owned businesses around town give the city a unique persona.

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The art scene is unparalleled.

Albright-Knox Art Gallery
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Culture and art are like nothing else in Buffalo. There are a number of internationally recognized museums, and some of the most notable architects in the country got their start in Buffalo. Tour Allentown for a glimpse at a number of galleries, or walk through the Albright Knox or Elmwood Village for a taste of the city's culture.

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The city isn't dangerous.

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Buffalo has picked up a reputation as one of the most dangerous cities in the country due to an unfortunate economic situation, but things are turning around. The city is home to a number of neighborhoods that haven't seen violent crime in years, and petty crimes are far and few between. While a few neighborhoods are still hit hard by poverty and violence, there are a number of neighborhoods that couldn't be safer.

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Has some of the best neighborhoods in the country.

Arpad Benedek

A handful of the city's neighborhoods have gained national attention for their planning and history. Elmwood Village, the premier shopping district in the city, was named one of the "Top 10 Great Places in America" by the American Planning Association. Kenmore, the city's first suburb, was voted one of the "Top 10 Great Cities" in America in 2009. The streets are quaint and quiet, with large trees that dominate the street, hiding the 80- to 100-year-old homes that are impeccably maintained.

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The city isn't dying.

Grain Elevators
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We've all heard it before, Buffalo is a dying city. Industry has moved to other, cheaper countries and people have been moving away for decades. While much of that is true, the city has maintained a strong identity and has started to see a growth in population for the first time in over 60 years.

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Buffalo is experiencing a huge rebirth.

Elmwood Village
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Businesses are opening up throughout the city, once forgotten neighborhoods are thriving and former industrial buildings on the verge of demolition are being converted in to new high-end hotels and apartments. For the first time in a long time people are moving to the city instead of away, and tourists are seeing the potential in the City of Good Neighbors.

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