I've seen many assertions on blogs, in message forums, and other venues that a certain city is "boring".
Students at the University at Buffalo, many of which are from the New York City area, frequently complain about how Buffalo is "boring". Buffalo, though, has a decent nightlife, a very late last call, plenty of cultural institutions and activities, outdoorsy pursuits south of town, no shortage of neighborhood and village festivals, andan interesting streetlife in some neighborhoods. For a metropolitan region of its size, there's actually quite a but going on. Then again, anyplace will seem "boring" compared to New York.
Still, one city may seem more boring or exciting compared to a similarly sized city. I've heard many say that despite a less robust economy, flat topography (excepting the Southtowns), and a gritty Rust Belt vibe, Buffalo is far less boring than Rochester. The Rochester area is very affluent, white-collar, well-educated, and in a scenic setting, but reportedly quite dull.
I'm curious about some of the factors, real or perceived, that makes a city or region seem "boring" or "exciting". What can planners do about it, if anything? Is it reasonable to expect that every speck on the map be exciting?