The frustrating thing about downtown Buffalo is that it's really quite a nice place.
There's a great mix of older buildings with interesting architecture, most of them are in very good shape, and there are plenty of signs of preservation and revitalization. I watched crews working on the facade of a building with the largest boom lift I've ever seen – the work platform was nine stories up. Nobody puts that kind of effort into a city that they don't care about.
It just needs more people, more businesses, and more activity.