After this tweet went public and the city and media went ballistic, Etem was prompted to post an apology to his hosting city and the denizens citing weather as a reason why people don't come out.
So the kid said something stupid on a social network site primed for folks who love to blurt stupid things out into public light. My only concern with this is why is a teenage kid worried about his nightlife being exciting when he should be focusing on winning a Gold Medal for his country? Guess it clearly explains why Team America got trounced by the Canadians.
Buffalo has tremendous assets. UB 2020, although may be shelved, is a brilliant plan in creating jobs and supporting a top-notch educational institution, The Medical Campus is world-class with advanced research and the commercial exportation of these medical finds, and even US Congressman Brian Higgins' diligent efforts in creating an engaging and practical Waterfront, contribute to the makeup of this city's positive qualities. But how are these great attributes and many others, including a rich cultural scene, being integrated into the bigger picture and how are these resources being utilized?
That is the multi-million dollar and the good-paying job creation question.
The answer simply may be that all these educational & medical institutions, businesses, cultural groups need to become more interrelated and gain greater appreciation of the value each group provides. This comes from a cohesive message and economic plan that unites & strengthens all of Buffalo civic assets and, ultimately, creates a city identity.
Once this great meeting of all groups occurs and there is an agreed united message with a comprehensive economic plan, then all those feel-good video promotions and informational websites not only generate that elusive tourist dollar but keep that investment in the community for now and future generations.
Isn't that what legacy about?
Otherwise, young hockey players who punch into Google to see what's happening in Buffalo will get this:
Matthew LaChiusa is the Executive/Artistic Director for American Rep Theater of WNY. He is dedicated to the preservation of cultural groups and how they can benefit the community in both civic and economic growth.