Helping Buffalo Avoid Another Freeway Mistake by the Lake
John Norquist and transportation planner Norm Marshall were in Buffalo, New York late last week, alerting Buffalonians to the ramifications of allowing the NYSDOT to forge ahead with an awful plan to maintain an embanked freeway along the city's Outer Harbor and expand an adjacent frontage road. Norquist urged leaders at all levels to put the heat on Governor Eliot L. Spitzer to halt the just-add-concrete plan and switch to another plan that the DOT studied, one that would replace the freeway and frontage road with a single urban boulevard that would set the stage for revitalized mixed-use neighborhoods.
Buffalo Public Radio WNED covered the message that Norquist, Marshall and City Councilman Michael Kearns delivered in both a press conference and in a presetation to the City Council’s meeting on the removal of the Skyway bridge. Local superblog Buffalo Rising shared a podcast from a waterfront reception where Norquist and Marshall addressed local activists and civic leaders.
The Buffalo News story on this issue ran with a photo on the front page of the Metro section and was the most popular story as judged by web hits over the weekend.
Image source: the Buffalo News.
Planner says Fuhrmann /Route 5 project is obsolete
State plan called ‘stupid,’ ‘obsolete’
By Phil Fairbanks NEWS STAFF REPORTER
Updated: 09/08/07 8:58 AM
From the article:
John Norquist stood on the Lake Erie shoreline Friday and issued a warning: Buffalo is on the verge of making yet another colossal mistake. The former Milwaukee mayor, a politician known for remaking his city’s waterfront, said New York State is about to build a freeway that hinders development of Buffalo’s valuable outer harbor. “It’s breathtakingly stupid,” Norquist said of the state’s transportation plan. “There’s no reason to do something so obsolete, so out of date, so weirdly out of date.”
And read a CNU news release calling for a shift to the DOT's boulevard plan (with minor modifications) and view reports and analysis on Buffalo's traffic and development needs created as part of the Highways to Boulevards project led by CNU and its partner the Center for Neighborhood Technologies.
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