The City of Light

Buffalo is shedding its rusty roots and experiencing a renaissance. Once a thriving city due to various industries including railways, shipyards and steel manufacturing, Buffalo is in the midst of a modern-day transformation to energize its city with a talented workforce, residential neighborhoods and a growing food, art and entertainment scene. Dubbed “The City of Light” due to its early adoption of electric power, Buffalo is famous for its urban planning and layout by Joseph Ellicott and its extensive parks designed by Frederick Law Olmsted. The city is a cultural blend from an influx of immigrants combined with Northeastern and Midwestern traditions, professional sports teams, music, and arts makes Buffalo a vibrant and eclectic city. Located at the heart of Buffalo’s waterfront revitalization at the intersection of Pearl St and Marine Drive is Canal side. Originally built in 1825 at the western terminus of the Erie Canal, it was once one of the world's greatest business centers. An epicenter of commerce and trade in Buffalo, the surrounding canal district became a diverse cross-section of transient visitors, saloons, hotels, and other establishments buzzing with activity. Today, a newly developed waterfront access as well as new opportunities and public activities make this area a great place to live.


A couple walking down the street shopping A man sits on his bike in front of a cafe.

Walk Score®

  • 92

    Walker's Paradise

  • 86

    Very Bikeable

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