Buffalo NY, America’s 8th Most Miserable City
Forbes magazine ranked Buffalo, New York, eighth on a list of America’s 10 Most Miserable Cities, in this article Forbes.com. When former New York Times columnist Laura Pedersen saw this, she set out to celebrate the people and places that make Buffalo the Most Exciting City, in Buffalo Unbound.
BUFFALO UNBOUND, is Pedersen’s follow-up to her award-winning memoir BUFFALO GAL. In the book Pedersen captures the current renaissance in a humorous conversational style that would make former Nickel City newspaperman Mark Twain proud. Writing about the economic collapse and social unrest of her 1970s childhood in Buffalo, New York, Laura Pedersen was struck by how things were finally improving in her beloved hometown. As 2008 began, Buffalo was poised to become the thriving metropolis it had been a hundred years earlier—only instead of grain and steel, the booming industries now included health care and banking, education and technology. Folks who’d moved away due to lack of opportunity in the 1980s talked excitedly about returning home. They missed the small-town friendliness, and it wasn’t nostalgia for a past that no longer existed—Buffalo has long held the well-deserved nickname the City of Good Neighbors. The diaspora has ended. Preservationists are winning out over demolition crews. The lights are back on in a city that’s usually associated with blizzards and blight rather than its treasure trove of art, architecture and culture.
Stay tuned. We’ll be giving away a free copy of the book in an upcoming contest.