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Buffalo Makes Miserable Cities List

By Joyce Kryszak

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Buffalo, NY – Buffalo's image is taking another hit in the national media. Buffalo is number eight on the Forbes list of America's Most Miserable Cities.

Not surprisingly, snowfall and shrinking population helped Buffalo earn the dubious distinction. Taxes, unemployment and violent crime are a few of the other factors considered in the publication's so-called misery measure.

But those raw numbers don't take everything into account. That's according to Edward Healy who is Vice President of Marketing for the Buffalo Niagara Convention and Visitors Bureau. He said Buffalo gets plenty of positive media attention too. The New York Times and the National Trust for Historic Preservation both say Buffalo has a lot to offer. Healy said people need to see for themselves.

As an example, Healy said tourist hot spot New York City was on the list last year. Still, misery does love company. Fellow rustbelt cities Cleveland and Detroit join Buffalo on the list. And as these cities know, some of the factors that landed them on the list go beyond image. Buffalo is, in fact, the third poorest city in the country. But Healy said the CVB wants to help turn that around by accentuating the positive.

"We prefer to look at it as the glass is half full," said Healy. "There are some wonderful things happening here."

This is the second year that Forbes has published its America's Most Miserable Cities list. Stockton, California moved to first place on the list this year. You can see the entire list and read more about it at America's Most Miserable Cities.

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