A good friend once told me that if you host enough meetings, revolving around a particular issue, for a long enough period of time, eventually the masses will give up and call it a day… and the ‘powers that be’ will do exactly what they intended to do in the first place.
I’d hate to think that this is true for the NYS198 – Scajaquada Corridor Project, which is why it’s important that people continue to attend another meetings on Wednesday, April 9th, 2014.
My hope would be, for these types of input sessions, that the people who are in charge of the outcome of these projects are not only qualified to make the right decisions, they are also inherently understanding of the more important quality of life issues. That they are not routinely going about their business, but are genuinely thinking about the impact that they are making on future generations of Buffalonians. They have the ability to emerge as heroes, and not just status quo robotic planners.
Where do the decision makers live? Near the park or an hour’s drive from here? What are their motivations? Is it a paycheck or are they genuinely concerned about making the surrounding parks and neighborhoods world class once more? Are they merely looking at roadways the same way that Robert Moses looked at roadways? Are they going to pull another Route 5 out of the hat? How do we know that they are putting the people who live in this city first… and not just resorting to outdated practices that they learned in “How To Move Cars From Point A To Point B – 101”?
It is up to the public to ensure that those with a vested interest work with the planners in order to secure the right results for the right reasons. If you have something to say about the future of the NYS198 – Scajaquada Corridor Project, now is the time to say something… or forever hold you peace.
Do we want “better than what’s there now”, or do we want “great”?
The New York State Department of Transportation (NYSDOT), in partnership with New York State Assemblymember Sean Ryan, will host a Public Meeting on Wednesday, April 9th, 2014 to present and discuss the NYS198 – Scajaquada Corridor Project, and to gather further input from the public.
NYS198 Scajaquada Corridor – Public Meeting
Wednesday, April 9th, 2014 – 5PM Open House, 6PM Presentation
Buffalo State College – Bulger Communication Center (Lobby and South Meeting Room)
At this meeting the groups anticipate presenting:
– Project History and Current Project Status
– Discussion of Draft Feasible Alternatives and Initial Recommendations
– Discussion of Community and Elected Officials Input to Date
– How Can the Public Provide Additional Input?
– Next Steps moving forward