I can see my house from here.
According to government figures from the 1990s, Buffalo and the surrounding suburbs had one of the highest condom usage rates per capita, but also one of the highest teenage pregnancy rates in New York.
Traveling back to Buffalo for me is often dictated by life events; friends in need, family with health issues, weddings, separations.
Trying to balance the time necessary for visits with the pressures of working in NYC, often makes for short and intense trips.
The Buffalo region, and the city itself, is one of the most racially and economicly divided regions in America, with the very wealthy often living blocks away from the poorest areas. Main Street truly divides the city, with the poor on the East, and the well-to-do on the West. I grew up in the suburbs, in a very John Hughes sort of environment. Amherst is consistently listed of one of the safest cities in America. It also one of the least diverse, with whites making up around around 90% of the population. In my high school, there were fewer than 50 students of color in a school with close to 900 students total. This class segregation has a profound impact on the city.
A book of this project is in the works