The Best of Buffalo

Buffalo is the second most populous city in the state of New York, after New York City. Located in Western New York on the eastern shores of Lake Erie and at the head of the Niagara River across from Fort Erie, Ontario, Buffalo is the seat of Erie County and the principal city of the Buffalo-Niagara Falls metropolitan area, the largest in Upstate New York. Buffalo itself has a population of 261,310 (2010 Census) and the Buffalo–Niagara–Cattaraugus Combined Statistical Area is home to 1,215,826 residents.

Originating around 1789 as a small trading community near the eponymous Buffalo Creek, Buffalo grew quickly after the opening of the Erie Canal in 1825, with the city as its western terminus. By 1900, Buffalo was the 8th largest city in the United States, and went on to become a major railroad hub, and the largest grain-milling center in the country. The latter part of the 20th century saw a reversal of fortunes: Great Lakes shipping was rerouted by the opening of the St. Lawrence Seaway, and steel mills and other heavy industry relocated to places such as China. With the start of Amtrak in the 1970s, Buffalo Central Terminal was also abandoned, and trains were rerouted to nearby Depew, New York (Buffalo-Depew) and Exchange Street Station. By 1990 the city had fallen back below its 1900 population levels.

Right Now in Buffalo

The future according to Peter Diamandis

The pioneer in the fields of innovation, incentive competitions and commercial space shared his optimistic views with a UB audience.

UB NOMAS tops in national competition

The team from UB’s chapter of the National Organization of Minority Architecture Students took first place in the prestigious Laurie design contest.

Productions bring students out of their comfort zone

UB architecture students contributed directly to the creative process for two performances being stage by Torn Space Theater.

Arrest made in connection with hit-and-run that seriously injured UB student

Hannah M. Christensen, 20, a UB student from Clifton Park, New York, has been charged with felony leaving the scene of a serious injury accident without reporting.

Nonprescription use of Ritalin may cause structural changes in brain, study finds

As nonprescription use of Ritalin increases among young adults, researchers at UB's Clinical and Research Institute on Addictions warn that such use may cause irreversible structural changes in certain areas of the brain.

Organizations with broad social ties improve outcomes for communities recovering from natural disasters

Communities recovering from natural disasters often see an increase in businesses and non-profits that develop after the cleanup, but that doesn’t necessarily counterweigh the rise in poverty levels in areas transformed by events such as storms, earthquakes and wildfires.

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