Kos On Buffalo, et.al.

And What He Writes Is No Compliment

Don’t do Dkos much these days (boring!).  But any mention of my hometown can catch my eye.  Here, he quotes Dana Houle from an earlier post.

Stuck in old paradigms of economic development, cities like Buffalo, New Orleans, and Louisville struggled in the 1980s and 1990s to become the next “Silicon Somewhere” by building generic high-tech office parks or subsidizing professional sports teams. Yet they lost members of the creative class, and their economic dynamism, to places like Austin, Boston, Washington, D.C. and Seattle—places more tolerant, diverse, and open to creativity.

And in the vernacular, “Hey Buffalo.  You’re bigoted and stupid and u are teh sux.  So you lose.”

Not tolerant or diverse?  Interesting, considering that the 2000 US Census figures for the city put the relevant demographics as:

  • White                               – 159,300   54.4%
  • Black or African American  – 108,951   37.2%

Looks pretty tolerant and diverse to me, at least, in the sense meant by Kos and Houle.

As an antidote to dKos, I suggest reading Verlyn Klinenborg’s The Last Fine Time.

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