Buffalo, NY (WKBW) - Buffalo is getting some respect from the New York Times. The newspaper says the Queen City is no longer the butt of a joke -- but now resurging as a leader in the medical field.
The article, titled "Once Just a Punch Line, Buffalo Fights Back," takes a look at the development at the Buffalo Niagara Medical Campus and the surrounding residential and commercial areas.
"It's feeding on itself," says Bill Joyce, the Chair of the BNMC Board, "I guess more and more people outside of the area are starting to be aware of it."
The Buffalo Niagara Medical Campus has already brought in 12-thousand jobs.
In the next four years, that number is expected to grow to about 18-thousand, while construction projects for the UB Medical School, Roswell Park Cancer Institute and Women and Children's Hospital get underway.
The New York Times article highlights "new construction, ambitious plans and fresh optimism."
The title and article suggests that recently, Buffalo was just a joke. However, it's now rebuilding.
"I think a lot of people just distance us so quickly with the snow and the rust belt and those types of ideas, says Brendan Mehaffy, the Executive Director of Buffalo's Office of Strategic Planning. "But now, Buffalo has been able to show that it's seriously competing with the engines of the 21st century economies."
This is a fresh new view for the Queen City. Just down the road from the medical campus, home prices are up 15-percent, along with the development of new residential and commercial areas.
"Strengthening the connections that we have with these economic centers and are neighborhoods. It's very important that these projects benefit all of the city of Buffalo," Mehaffy says.
Joyce says "there is enthusiasm and momentum and innovation and excitement going on here -- the more opportunities we have to attracted corporations."
Some experts believe behind Buffalo's turnaround, is the hard work of Western New Yorkers.