Last fall, the organizations that together make up the Partnership for the Public Good voted to adopt the Peace Bridge/Truck Plaza expansion as an issue to focus on for the coming year. As part of that effort, the Partnership will be hosting a forum this afternoon to exchange views among an invited panel and the community (details below).
Alert Western New Yorkers know that there has been a lot of recent news on this issue, including the apparent “final, official” death and burial of Shared Border Management, calls for merger of the Niagara Frontier bridge authorities (here, here, here), questions of available funding, and the recent call by key figure Brian Higgins to reduce the size of the proposed truck plaza. If there has ever been a time to have your eye on this issue, this is it.
The question of the day is, per PPG:
Can the Peace Bridge Project be improved so that it adequately represents the western New York community’s concerns – such as health impacts, historic preservation, and meaningful economic development?
Who will be there? Bruce Fisher of the Center for Economic and Policy Studies at Buffalo State College, Erin Heaney of the Clean Air Coalition, Tania Werbizky of the Preservation League of New York State, and Roberta Lane of the National Trust for Historic Preservation. Anthony Armstrong of LISC-Buffalo will moderate.
Word on the street is that Matt Davison, PBA Communications Director, will be sitting in.
See forum flier here (PDF).
April Forum: Building a Better Peace Bridge Project
Tuesday, April 19th, 2011
237 Main Street, Suite 1200
Free and open to the public.
To reserve a seat or for more information,
contact Megan Connelly at
firstname.lastname@example.org or (716) 852-4191×110.