I haven't quite made it to Buffalo yet, but I know why I'm moving! Here are the 10 Reasons I Want to Move to a Rush Belt City:
A lot of people leave due to career, on a personal level I am very happy with my career path here. If a solid offer came along for another city, I would do it if it were right. I'm not a big city person I like smaller cities. That said I would consider a bigger city than here, but not quite to NYC levels. I also have yet to experience the' "Geicoization" you guys mentioned in the podcast. TLDR: career luck, city size preference, plus the common answer of friends and family.
I'm an HSBC transplant (originally a Household employee). I worked for them in San Diego until they shut down the office in 2008. My options were to find an opening to transfer to in Buffalo, or be unemployed in the middle of a recession in one of the more expensive places to live in the country. I'm sure I'll wind up back on the West coast some day, but for now Buffalo is ok. The house I bought here would have cost 5x as much in San Diego. There does seem to be apathy to progress with some folks in the region. I get the impression a lot of people spend too much time talking about what was instead of what could be.
The people... ! Buffalo's greatest asset is it's people. Growing up and living in Buffalo will shape you in important ways. It will instill in you kindness, generosity, resilience, integrity, and a strong devotion to community. And becoming a cog in Buffalo's revival is a lot more fulfilling than praying for its resurrection from a neighboring state's barstool...Mediocre restaurants... ? Really? www.AuthenticBuffalonian.com
I consciously CHOSE to move to Buffalo from Long Island. I knew ONE person here. But I researched the area, and while it's by no means perfect, the city has a TON of heart and potential, and the city seems to match my personality. It's not perfect but it's trying SO hard to be better. And that's good enough for me. The people up here are really nice. And yes, there's some culture shock, but all in all it was a good decision.
You can't quantify the value of friends and family. I grew up here. I was lucky enough to find a great job here. I stayed in the City because the taxes are low compared to the suburbs. Now we just got our daughter into our first choice school. The schools aren't as big a deal as people make them out because their quality is reinforced at home. The best schools still turn out awful people when the home life stinks.