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It does make sense, from architectural and other evidence, that Buffalo deserves a Midwest categorization . . . doesn't it . . .
As a former down-stater, I'd guess that there's a greater contrast between NYC and Buffalo that, say, SF and LA. (Frisco is a town in Texas, I recently learned.)
Oh, and this: Movie critic Mick Lasalle's list of twelve things an alien would learn about life on Earth, from watching movies, ends with this:
"12. San Francisco doesn't care if you live or die, but Los Angeles ? Los Angeles wants to kill you. We know this from film noir. In San Francisco, you always have a chance. In Los Angeles, it never ends well."
Years earlier, a friend from Trenton, NJ, whom I met in Hollywood, told of traveling the opposite way, from New Jersey to California. When he reached Kansas, he panicked, the enormity was so intimidating, just sky and horizon. There is a sense of spaciousness in the "fly-over" states that I have never felt in the "fly-to" states. It isn't just the flatness of the land, but an ineffable quality that seems to me absent toward the edges of the continent. According to geologists, North America emerged from the ocean first in southern Minnesota, and expanded round about from there, so the edges have always been somewhat "crinkled."
I haven't spent much time tooling around western New York, just a couple of trips to Buffalo with side trips to Rochester, so I cannot speak with much authority. Yet, I never thought of the territory as Midwestern, neither physically nor, heaven forfend, culturally.