New Beginnings in Old Surroundings / by Derek Neuland


I've been back in Buffalo for a month now after living in Kentucky for the past 2 years. While the circumstances that brought me back here weren't what I had planned (my partner of 2.5 years and I parted ways), i'm seeing the city in a new light and I like it.

Despite moving away from Buffalo three times (twice to Portland, OR, once to Kentucky), I love this city. My reasons for moving each time weren't to get away from Buffalo, they were to experience something outside of Buffalo because I always knew i'd end up back here in the end.

As i've gotten settled back in here, i've seen a lot of old and new faces. I've also seen a lot of old and new buildings and businesses.  It's been important to me to appreciate the old but also welcome the new. I have been finding myself enamored by all of Buffalo's old and historic buildings, but at the same time excited to try out all the new restaurants that have been popping up.

I'm not expecting things to remain the same as they were when I first moved to Buffalo in July of 2000. I'm thankful some of the same businesses (mostly Amy's Place) are still around, and many of my old friends are still able to get coffee/lunch with me from time to time.

A lot of people have asked me since I've been back why I moved downtown. It was honestly to embrace the change and to be able to see the city from a different perspective. I've lived in the University Heights/ North Buffalo, Allentown, and the West Side, so I wanted to try something and somewhere new.

I have lived in 37 different places and have moved 43 times in my life so far. For those counting, that means I have moved an average of 1.26 times per year I have been alive. Strangely enough, I had never lived alone.  I've always had between 1 and 12 housemates. This is why I also decided to change that up and get an apartment by myself. While initially it was weird, i'm growing to love living alone.

I can't say never because I don't like to think in absolutes and can't predict the future, but I don't see myself moving out of Buffalo any time soon. It feels really good to be back and the warm embrace from my family and friends (old and new) has been much appreciated.