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Historic Preservation of Columbus Park – Prospect Hill Neighborhood

“Unless history lives in the present, it has no future.”
This line is spoken at the end of this video put out by the National Trust for Historic Preservation. The Columbus Park -Prospect Hill neighborhood is featured in the NTHP video of 2008’s 11 Most Endangered Historic Places.
Endangered has become a key word in the bridge controversy. Houses, humans, birds, fish and the Menn bridge design are all in danger depending on who you talk to. The following is a trip through the past.
The neighborhood and its history are really quite interesting.
Residents don’t want to lose their houses.
The bridge designs, old and new, are at issue because of fish and birds, but politicians aren’t having any of that, then or now.
Consider the yea (from UB) or nay (from the Buffalo News) view on wildlife issues, and the conundrum continues.
As for the humans, it’s an issue about health as much as housing, but in the end it may simply be a matter of who has the best argument for their own cause.
And then there’s a question about which neighborhood to save.
Peter Joe Certo, Columbus Park homeowner and Niagara Gateway Columbus Park Association (NGCPA) Treasurer stressed his opinion about the proposed bridge and truck plaza, saying,”We’re going forward with our own plans for a greener, better version of what’s planned.”
Certo insists, “We don’t want to stop progress, we want a better way that will be intermodal and better. It’s silly to say, ‘We deserve a signature bridge.’ That’s not the point, and maybe we can educate people by continuing to talk, learn and educate them.”
The designation from the National Trust could go a long way toward your cause, Mr. Certo.

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