Buffalo is America’s best designed city

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Buffalo is America’s best designed city. It’s so well designed that this guy (above) got a tattoo of Buffalo’s street design on his arm. What other city inspires that sort of thing?

Buffalo got its design from the Ellicott brothers. Joseph and Andrew Ellicott, back in 1804, designed Buffalo using a baroque street layout with a grid overlaid by a radial system of streets. Buffalo’s layout and design is similar to Washington, DC.

Meanwhile Frederick Law Olmsted, the guy who designed New York City’s Central Park, was commissioned to develop a parkway system for Buffalo. He did; he did it well.

Thanks to its parks, its abundance of water (Lake Erie, The Niagara River, etc.), and its excellent radial design, Buffalo attracted three of the greatest American architects– Frank Lloyd Wright, H.H. Richardson, and Louis Sullivan– all of whom left their mark on the city.

Words cannot fully express Buffalo’s design, so a video called America’s Best Designed City by filmmaker John Paget can help you visually see how well laid out the city is, full of parks, homes, businesses and, of course, flora, fauna, and art. It’s a sight to behold.

This video should inspire you to visit Buffalo sometime and experience for yourself what a well-designed place looks and feels like. It’s much more interesting than Cul-de-sac, USA or Suburbia!

Buffalo Fall Leaves

Buffalo fall leaves are beautiful. Chlorophyll gives most plants their verdant hues. Sunny days and crisp nights trigger the breakdown of cells at the base of the leafs stem causing chlorophyll to decompose. Other pigments — carotenoids and anthocyanins — surface in the plant’s leaves. The result is the Buffalo fall leaves’ display of colors in the canopies of city streets, rural woodlots, and forested hillsides.

Trees with higher concentrations of carotenoids (beech, birch, and willow) display colors of yellow and gold. Anthocyanins predominate in leaves of maples and sumac providing vivid red and orange colors. Factors such as soil nutrients, rainfall, temperature, and disease cause variations in colors within a species or geographic region. You can call the NY Fall Foliage Hotline 1-800-225-5697 for up-to-the minute highlights of New York’s fall foliage progression. Order Buffalo fall leaves artwork products such as the lovely $42 canvas print or colorful $26 leaf tote bag here.

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From checking out the latest foliage report and identifying leaves to taking in the history and culture that New York proudly offers, you can expect a memorable experience while you travel throughout New York State each autumn. Be sure and make a point to see Buffalo fall leaves in beautiful Buffalo at the west end of the state.

Did you know that Amtrak’s vintage “Great Dome” car is in upstate New York for the fall foliage season? The car gives riders sweeping vistas of Lake Champlain and the Adirondacks and features an upper level with windows on all sides that provide panoramic views of the colorful foliage between Albany and Montreal. The dome car operates northbound from Albany to Montreal on Thursdays, Saturdays and Mondays and returns south from Montreal on Fridays, Sundays, and Tuesdays. Dome car trips are not made on Wednesdays and the car is available on a first come, first served basis. You can also get 15% off on Amtrak trips outside of New York City. Click here for more information.

Buffalo Tulips

Buffalo tulips in the springtime can be quite beautiful. They smell good, they pop up out of the ground, and they’re colorful. I captured some yellow tulips and red tulips in Glen Park, in suburban Buffalo, New York, during the springtime. Buffalo tulips make people feel good. You can order a print of Buffalo tulips, or perhaps buy a Buffalo tulips greeting card to send to someone to brighten their day. Buffalo isn’t just snow, you know. It’s a four season city with beautiful Buffalo tulips in bloom each Spring.

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Do you love flowers or know someone who does? Buffalo tulips
artwork on products makes for a nice gift. And these tulips never wilt!
Order Mark Weber’s Buffalo tulips’ products here.

About Buffalo tulips:

Tulips are spring-blooming perennials that grow from bulbs. Depending on the species, tulip plants can be between 4 inches (10 cm) and 28 inches (71 cm) high. The tulip’s large flowers usually bloom on scapes with leaves in a rosette at ground level and a single flowering stalk arising from amongst the leaves. Tulip stems have few leaves. Larger species tend to have multiple leaves. Plants typically have two to six leaves, some species up to 12. The tulip’s leaf is strap-shaped, with a waxy coating, and the leaves are alternately arranged on the stem; these fleshy blades are often bluish green in color. Most tulips produce only one flower per stem, but a few species bear multiple flowers on their scapes (e.g. Tulipa turkestanica). The generally cup or star-shaped tulip flower has three petals and three sepals, which are often termed tepals because they are nearly identical. These six tepals are often marked on the interior surface near the bases with darker colorings. Tulip flowers come in a wide variety of colors, except pure blue.

In the Buffalo area, you’re most likely going to see yellow tulips and red tulips.