“Mark Goldman’s sprawling, ambitious new book chronicles the disheartening history of the city of Buffalo over the last century. It’s a familiar story that Goldman tells in rich — at times dense — detail while illuminating events from the past that are less well known today.... At moments...Goldman’s prose fairly vibrates with his passion for the city. And the book is thoroughly researched… In writing City on the Edge
, Goldman performs a service to his adopted city. The book is a worthwhile read for anyone who — like Goldman — cares deeply about Buffalo and its future.”
The Buffalo News
“Mark Goldman’s new book reads like a good novel! With thorough research and a fresh perspective, City on the Edge
is a must read for understanding how Buffalo has evolved — and Goldman doesn’t hesitate to assign blame where he feels it’s deserved.”
Charles LaChiusa, Creator of Buffalo Architecture and History
In the beginning of the twentieth century, the city of Buffalo, New York, looked toward a future of great promise. During this era, the city was the host of a prestigious world’s fair, The Pan American Exposition, and an industrial behemoth, the Lackawanna Steel Company, had just opened its doors. Buffalonians at this time had every reason to believe that these massive and impressive signs of progress augured well for the balance of the century.
One hundred years later, at the beginning of the twenty-first century, Buffalo is on the verge of bankruptcy, and a new generation of citizens looks back wistfully, wondering what happened and where, now, they are headed.
In a sweeping narrative that speaks to the serious student of urban studies as well as the general reader, Mark Goldman tells the story of twentieth-century Buffalo, New York. Goldman covers all of the major developments:
- The rise and decline of the city’s downtown and ethnic neighborhoods
- The impact of racial change and suburbanization
- The role and function of the arts in the life of the community
- Urban politics, urban design, and city planning
While describing the changes that so drastically altered the form, function, and character of the city, Goldman, through detailed descriptions of special people and special places, gives a sense of intimacy and immediacy to these otherwise impersonal historical forces.
City on the Edge
unflinchingly documents and describes how Buffalo has been battered by the tides of history. But it also describes the unique characteristics that have encouraged an innovative cultural climate, including Buffalo’s dynamic survival instinct that continues to lead to a surprisingly and inspiringly high quality of community life.
Finally, it offers a road map, which — if followed — could point the way to a new and exciting future for this long-troubled city.
More Praise for City on the Edge:
“It is easy to dismiss Buffalo as the poster child of urban decrepitude and dysfunction. It is also wrong. Mark Goldman resurrects Buffalo’s forgotten role on the cutting edge of the literary, artistic, and musical avant-garde. In City on the Edge, you’ll read about other successes: how Buffalo, much to the envy of Boston, peacefully and successfully implemented a court-ordered school desegregation program; how Buffalo, with diminishing resources and little outside help, saved some of America’s finest architectural treasures; and how Buffalo integrated one of its most desirable neighborhoods without rancor or white flight....Goldman’s Buffalo is a city on the edge of rediscovery, renewal, and regeneration — if only its officials will respect the leadership, wisdom, and passion of its citizens. Read it and be prepared to discard your most cherished stereotypes.”
Cynthia Van Ness, author of Victorian Buffalo:
Images from the Buffalo & Erie County Public Library
Book Binding: Paperback
Shipping Weight: 1lbs
Mark Goldman (Buffalo, NY), a successful entrepreneur who has played a major role in revitalizing the cultural life of downtown Buffalo, is the author of City on the Lake: The Challenge of Change in Buffalo, NY and City on the Edge: Buffalo, New York.