Back in August of 2013, a West Side street was restored to its original beauty, as neighbors rallied to remove the asphalt and expose the hidden brick street that lay underneath (see Ardmore here). The City complied, and today Ardmore is one of the nicest streets in all of Buffalo. Residents of Ardmore say that housing values have gone up and cars have slowed down. Plus, the permeable nature of the brick is good for the environment and alleviates rainwater pressure on the combined sewer system.
Now a number of Allentown residents and store owners are wondering if they too could have their cobblestone restored. Over the years asphalt has slowly peeled away, leaving the cobblestone peeking through near the street’s curbs. Supporters of the original cobble street feel that Allentown would benefit greatly, and people would gravitate to the historic appeal.
All we have to do is look back to Ardmore, to see the positive effects. If the street is to be resurfaced in the near future, and the infrastructure is to be upgraded, maybe all angles (new and old) should be considered?
Photos were taken by Allentown business people and feature the corner of Allen and Franklin