2013 Year in Review
What did 2013 bring to Buffalo? A lot. Better promotion helped bring international recognition as a rebounding city leading the state in economic vitality. It was the year Buffalo found it held the highest total fund value in its history, is decreasing in overall poverty, is leading the nation in real estate appreciation, and has a decreasing vacancy rate. Historic tax preservation was expanded and Buffalo was host to national conferences including the Business Alliance for Local Living Economies as well as the Society of Architectural Historians. Many events were held in 2013 including the echo Art Fair and the new Buffalo Porch Fest.
Buffalo found itself at the top of many national lists in 2013 as well, including: 9th place on cheapest markets for family homes; 5th place for biggest pizza city and drinking city; 4th place for best city for newlyweds, safest from natural disasters, and best midsize college town; and 3rd place for best city for baby-boomers and most underrated city for 20-somethings.
2013 was also the year Buffalo was recognized as a bicycle friendly city; the Buffalo River Project’s funds were doubled; large scale solar projects were announced; and locals held big business and polluters accountable. It was the year University at Buffalo unveiled a $375 million facility, was ranked as one of the nation’s best and affordable universities, and was visited by President Obama for this fact. It was the year that manufacturing businesses began coming back to South Buffalo; the year of the microbreweries; the year of Buffalo’s first distillery since prohibition. 2013 brought the Horsefeathers Winter Market, the Bethune Lofts, and the MLK Splash Pad as well as the approval of future projects such as the Buffalo River Lofts, the High Tech Manufacturing Hub at Riverbend, Canterbury Woods at Gates Circle, the 12-story hotel/office at Delaware and Chippewa, and Buffalo RiverWorks. 2014 has big shoes to fill for Buffalo.