The cooperative efforts between Cheektowaga and Buffalo are a recognition that it makes no sense for a suburb to view the city as some distant land, whose problems and issues are not related to suburban life.
As Town Councilman Stan Kaznowski told me, there is no "visible boundary" between the two communities. So too are the perception boundaries that have been built up over the years.
Cheektowaga recognizes that its fortunes are tied to Buffalo's. Will other first-ring suburbs follow suit? What else could be done to deal with the issues that don't care where the city ends and the suburbs begin?
--- Bruce Andriatch