Hawley is clearly excited. "You have no idea how how cool we are," he writes in this bullish op-ed, explaining that the era of post-industrial depression is on its way out and the city is poised for a sustainable future:
"Pretty soon, all those Sun Belt cities are going to wish they'd developed in the late 20th century the way Buffalo did in the early 20th century. Buffalo's mixed-use, compact neighborhoods are still here. We're reviving them one by one. And unlike the sprawling cities built for the car, Buffalo starts with traditional neighborhoods built for people."
"With a density of 6,436 people per square mile, Buffalo is more densely populated than Portland, Milwaukee, and Denver, all leading 'green' cities."