Despite the modern obsession for tearing down the old with total disregard for the historic, as we do here in Toronto, Buffalo has done a remarkable job of cleaning up, redefining and re-marketing its downtown core.
Out of the ghetto and depressing aura which it acquired in the 50's and 60's due to it's economic decline, the Buffalo Visitors' Centre has assembled a book of downtown walking tours to celebrate the fantastic architectural and cultural heritage which it has nurtured over the past half century to present itself as the "Queen City" it once was. I highly recommend you do yourself a favour and take a day or two to experience this "new" city. The churches and other historic buildings such as the City Hall and Hotel Lafayette (see my other review of it and its restaurants), and an outstanding collection of buildings by Frank Lloyd Wright are spectacular examples of historic pride and restoration amid some tough economic obstacles.
City Hall has a knowledgeable volunteer staff (thanks especially to our guide, LISA!!!) which directs a free, hour-long walking tour through this edifice starting at noon. (And just because it's free don't be afraid to tip your guides people!!!!!)
But check out their website and get some brochures mailed to you. It's a great way to spend a day or two ....and NOT just in the outlet malls (which, by the way, aren't much of a deal anymore!!!)
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