I am getting bored with being called names by some people in the city for only wanting to help. True, we do not live in the City of Buffalo, but on vacations and work trips when asked where we live, the answer is always – “Buffalo, NY”. Not Orchard Park, or Williamsville, or Hamburg. The city is an intregral part of all of us, suburban or urban dwellers. Both my Husband’s family and my own came from the streets of the city. My family grew up on Elk and Smith Streets and Derek’s family on Swinburne. In fact, my Great Grandparents on my Mother’s side helped to BUILD St.’s Rita and Patrick Church on Fillmore and Eagle St. in the city.
I can understand the devotion some people have to the city, especially still living in it. However, we CHOSE to move out into the suburbs, not because we don’t love the city, but because we wanted to. Our choice. But that doesn’t mean that we want to city to rot and go to hell! We do what we do because we care about what happens to this great place full of interesting architecture and promise. You should be happy that there are suburbanites who do support the city still! We go to the Broadway market, to baseball games, to dinner, shopping and geocaching! I can understand that you might be upset that we have opinons about the laws and politicians that are involved in the political scene in the city. But guess what? It is only an opinion! We can’t vote on anything because we don’t live there!! So all of the urbanities still get what they want because it is their vote, not ours!
I say all of this because I needed to stand up. Not only MY history lives on in the city, but my Husband’s and many of our freinds as well. Why put us down because we want to help? Why push us away when all we have to give you is time, money and a thought of a better place to work, live and visit for everyone? Is it a dream? Maybe. But I would think in this case we’re all on the same side, so let’s all try to get along, no matter where we are coming from now. Because when you look back far enough? We all came from the same place anyway.