Like Crabs in a Barrel: Economy, History and Redevelopment in Buffalo, 2005
When one hears laments about the state of Buffalo's economy—and one does hear such laments quite often these days—that economy is usually measured against an assertedly normal or healthy economy, usually the City's economy in the Fifties. Almost as often one hears ideas about what might improve Buffalo's economy. Generally these ideas can be gathered into two groups, one nostalgia for those high wage, unionized, grunt jobs that everyone remembers from the Fifties and the other pining after whatever seems hot elsewhere in the country – high tech, biotech, architectural tourism, gambling.
Decline of Buffalo, New York in the Postwar Era: Causes, Effects, and Proposed Solutions
Buffalo, New York has undergone a precipitous decline in the postwar era, losing more than half its population and much of its economic base. The blame for this decline has traditionally fallen on failed government intervention, lack of quality local leadership, an overcompensated and under worked union workforce, environmental concerns, natural resource depletion, and oppressive taxes. This study will focus on these various causes in an attempt to pinpoint the reasons for decline, not for the purpose or laying blame, but to set the groundwork for possible solutions that will stem the decli...