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Power Failure: Politics, Patronage, and the Economic Future of Buffalo, New York

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At the turn of the 20th century, Buffalo, NY, was one of the world’s great industrial cities. In 1901, it played host to the prestigious Pan American Exhibition, which attracted millions of visitors to the city; its thriving downtown area was graced by buildings and mansions designed by some of the country’s best architects; the city was the third largest producer of steel ...more
Hardcover, 266 pages
Published April 4th 2006 by Prometheus Books
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Steven Peterson
Aug 28, 2009 Steven Peterson rated it really liked it
This is another book on the lessons to be learned from the decline of Buffalo, NY over the last half of the 20th century and the first part of the 21st century. As one who cares a lot about this old city, I can only express my hope that the future is better than the recent past.

The author of this book, Diana Dillaway, is a child of Buffalo's elite. This fact allowed her access to many movers and shakers, to interview them about Buffalo's decline and how it has addressed the many challenges faci
Sep 08, 2010 Tracey rated it it was ok
The author’s lack of attribution seriously detracts from the overall premise of the book. I found myself getting lost and bored as a result of the research paper format, but found redeeming value in the author’s insight on the failed policies of Buffalo’s “leaders.”

Of course, it is eerie to see that history is repeating itself. Buffalo still has many of the same problems, with proposed solutions often benefitting one group over another.

Should be interesting to see how Buffalo's problems evolve
Mac Craik
Dec 06, 2012 Mac Craik rated it it was ok
Diana Dillaway captures the decay of Buffalo in her book. The way she explains it, I would rather watch a building decay. Dillaway wrote an essay and published it. There is no personal story, just facts.
Wesley Voit
Sep 14, 2007 Wesley Voit rated it it was ok
Reads like a master's thesis, which can be trying, but provides some insight into the power structure of Buffalo, NY and how that lead to the rise, and eventual fall of the Queen City of the Great Lakes.
Mar 10, 2012 Timothy rated it it was ok
An interesting attempt to examine the intersection of politics and capitalism in Buffalo. However, the unidentified nature of the text is often frustrating.
Oct 11, 2007 Trevor rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: Buffalonians
I am biased, but its an interesting book about a failed political system.
Oct 02, 2009 Katlyn rated it did not like it
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