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Event: Citizens for a more Civilized & Sane Scajaquada

I came across this event notice by Citizens for a more Civilized & Sane Scajaquada to discuss plans for the future of the Scajaquada Expressway.  The Scajaquada Expressway should never have been built.  Buffalo’s parks and parkways are not open space in which to build highways.  Parks are not things to speed through. Based on preliminary plans for highway renovation released so far, the State DOT intends to pretty much lock in the high-capacity, high-speed nature of the road with a cosmetic sop to those who want a road more friendly to parks and people.  The only acceptable plan should be to put back what was destroyed for this highway.  The people of Buffalo should accept nothing less.  Go to this meeting and bring your friends.  Don’t let a bunch of myopic civil engineers in Albany dictate plans for highways through Buffalo’s parks, emphasis on BUFFALO’S PARKS.

WHERE: Olmsted School 64

(874 Amherst St., @ Lincoln Pkwy)
When: November 5th Tuesday 7:15 PM

WHY: The DOT is finalizing their design – NOW is the time to provide input.

DID YOU KNOW?
· The NYS Department of Transportation’s preferred design is for a 40 MPH Expressway with trees in the median, no bike paths, no cross walks and no sidewalks.
· Not recommended is a design of an urban street with bike paths, sidewalks, and crosswalks and surface streets to connect the park and surrounding neighborhoods.

WHY NOW?
Your opinion MATTERS – just look at our waterfront. Canalside has become a phenomenal public space and is an example of public input reversing a stated development plan. If not for a public outcry, we would now have a big box store, four 6-story parking garages and a strip mall. Instead there is green space, concerts, canoes, kayaks, ferry tours, a water taxi, lawn chairs, a sandbox, weekly shopping experiences and over 350 annual activities for families. Who ever thought all that was going to happen?

Never underestimate the “power of the people.”
We urge you to bring your neighbors…. All are needed on the 5th of November.

By the way: Tours of the newly renovated school begin at 6:30.

 

Written by David Steele

David Steele

Architect ( a real one, not just the armchair type), author of "Buffalo, Architecture in the American Forgotten Land" ( www.blurb.com ), lover of great spaces, hater of sprawl and waste,
advocate for a better way of doing things.

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