Buffalo City Council Unanimous in Opposing the Expansion of Waterfront Highway, Local Groups Form Buffalo Waterfront Coalition

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CNU's effort to enable urbanism on Buffalo's downtown waterfront continues to build momentum. This week, the Buffalo City Council asked the State to delay the awarding of construction contracts that would maintain the embanked Route 5 freeway and expand a major frontage road on the Outer Harbor. Councilmembers state that the current NYSDOT plan does not promote long-term economic development because it maintains the main barrier to the waterfront -- the elevated freeway. Instead, they call for a single, at-grade boulevard that would be complemented with a system of streets and blocks to set the stage for the building of valuable urban neighborhoods. Read more about the Council's decision in the Buffalo News article, "Buffalo council unanimous in opposing high-speed Southtowns Connector."

In related news this week, a coalition of local organizations has formed under the name Buffalo Waterfront Coalition to oppose NYSDOT's plan. Read more about it at Buffalo Rising, "Will The Ghost of Robert Moses Continue To Haunt Us?"

The Buffalo Waterfront Coalition:

The Baird Foundation
Buffalo First
Buffalo Preservation Board
Buffalo Niagara Riverkeeper
Elmwood Village Association
Greater Buffalo Building Owners & Managers Association
Landmark Society of the Niagara Frontier
The League of Women Voters, Buffalo / Niagara
The New Millennium Group of WNY
Partners for a Livable Western New York
Preservation Coalition of Erie County
Sierra Club, Niagara Group
Valley Community Association
The Wellness Institute of Greater Buffalo

Read more about CNU's work in Buffalo related to our Highways to Boulevards Initiative.


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