WNY Traffic Signals

WTF is it with Buffalo area traffic signals? they are usually so damn hard to see when you are stopped at a traffic light. Why the hell didn't they place them on the other side of the intersection, so you can actually see them when you are stopped?

As a Canadian, I know that in Ontario all of our intersections have very well placed traffic signals, which are all on real poles (not hanging by wires?) And I have never had to strain my neck in Canada to see a traffic signal. WTF is it with WNY that they put a lot of their signals in hard to see places. I have gone thru (accidentally) more traffic lights here in Buffalo, in the 2 years I have been here, then I have ever gone thru in my entire life as a driver and passenger, in Ontario.