Here’s a stretch of road that could use some real help. West Delavan Avenue, from Main Street to Delaware Avenue could, and should, be altered to become pedestrian and bike friendly. If you think about it, this is the connection between Canisius College and the Elmwood Commercial District. The four car lanes could be downsized to two. The elimination of roadway would mean that a sidewalk could be added to the north side of the street that runs along Forest Lawn Cemetery. Bike lanes could also be added.
Why is this important? For so long Canisius College (see dorms in photo) has been disconnected from important parts of the city. West Delevan is the natural thoroughfare for students who don’t necessarily have cars. If the street was to be narrowed and the pedestrian and bike-friendly features were to be added, that would mean that two unimpressive intersections could also be reworked, much in a similar manner as the intersection of North, Franklin and Linwood. This section of West Delavan is such a depressing corridor that could be a dynamic East/West connection. The cars don’t even drive side by side – they drive single file for the most part. And don’t forget about the Canisius Big Blue Wall. That corner could really use some help. Then, greenscape the gas station corners to reflect the Forest Lawn entranceway and return that intersection into one of beauty (as much as is possible, considering the corners are occupied by urban-sprawl-style developments.