Buffalo, NY


Buffalo, NY

Buffalo, NY on July 9th, 2010 was a place I did not want be. It was not that Buffalo is such a bad place. However, because of the expectations I had prior to getting there it temporarily seemed bad. Now in my and Buffalo’s defense the promotional hype of a former friend painted this place way above the bar of its reality. In fact, he falsely represented everything that attracted me to this city in the first place. Promises were made. And I expected to receive them.

I was told there was a job waiting. But Buffalo had the highest unemployment population in the entire country. I was told Buffalo was a fairly safe place for children. That was lie number two. Kids were killing each other at an alarming rate. But the icing on the cake was the women were so friendly and wife making material. They were the most battered, enraged, and self-medicating females I have met anywhere in this country.
 
Yes, this was suppose to be the place I came to recover from the turmoil I was facing in Chicago. I could not even find an effective way to travel in this city. Public transportation was slow. Which is not uncommon in the best cities in this country. However, the problem was that Buffalo does not use the cordinance system (east, west, north, and south) in their address system Chicago uses for residents and visitors to navigate effectively. So unless you have an exact knowledge of your destination or just happen to be standing on the named street that you are looking for, than you are lost. And the only to get any sense of directions you have to ask people who live there.
 
Imagine being somewhere lost looking for addresses where the natives and even the city employees (bus drivers) are as lost as you. And this place, area wise, is only a fraction of the size Chicago is. If you can add and subtract, you can find your way anywhere in the city of Chicago because of the cordinance system. Every place has a specific cordinance that you can find easily without the street’s name.
 
But positively speaking though, this city has a recovering (alcoholic and addiction) community like no other. As bad and inconveniently my time was there, I would still visit it again just because of that reason. And after bumping around there for over six weeks I finally learned my way around.

D Owens

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