I went to college in Buffalo, New York in the mid-1990s.
It’s a great city with great people. But at the time, the city’s downtown area had been in decline since its manufacturing peak in the 1960s.
As for night life, there was none.
But that started to change soon after my arrival. The Rust Belt city began a development program to revitalize the area.
A range of businesses opened. And I got a job at the first new bar downtown.
Business boomed for the first couple of months. The place was always packed with lines out of the door. And the money rolled in.
But despite the boom times, the bar’s owner, Mark, was worried.
The revitalization attracted new bars downtown—and more were on the way. Mark feared the increased competition would put him out of business.
But something unexpected happened once the new bars opened their doors: Business got even crazier.