Free Lunch in Buffalo

I haven't read David Cay Johnston's Free Lunch. But Buffalo State College economics professor Bruce Fisher writes that the culture of subsidy illuminated in the book is alive and well in Buffalo - perhaps at great expense to the city's urban vitality.
Welcome to downtown Buffalo, New York, where for the past 40 years, massive public investments for big projects have, year after year, project after project, proceeded as follows: A useful historic building is left to rot, then demolished at great public expense, then replaced, if at all, by a hugely expensive, publicly funded structure that worsens the already enormous glut of downtown office space.