Earlier this month, Jeff Z. Klein was sent in Campaign to see Greater Buffalo for the partially removed the Skyway from the sky, which will help to reconnect the beach with the city center.
Now, Tim Tilman, whose concept of “Cloudwalk” has captured the imagination of beach enthusiasts, has come up with an even broader “big picture background” plan for the land, with the removal of ramps that flow out of the neighborhood. According to Tillman, the process of building this highway system has destroyed 292 acres of homes and businesses.
If this inconvenience of the highway was eliminated, a new mixed-use neighborhood would have created an improved location and a stronger sense of space instead of the land of no one.
Unfortunately, we have left behind the sensitive historical infrastructure instead of the machinery. Now, we have the opportunity to partially correct some of those mistakes if we look at the bigger picture instead of a series of “one-offs” that offer little duration. The good thing is that we know where we are coming from, which means that if we want to, we can map the road and guide us to greatness.
When it comes to getting a plan for this type of nature, there are several issues to address. First, people have forgotten what was there, so we are reluctant to remember it … or even think about it. So community representatives usually don’t back down from plans that aren’t their own or are built by people in their immediate area. They also usually don’t change their mind after they’ve made up their minds, even though it’s in the best interest of the city. This means that we tend to dictate within a limited range of elected officials who ultimately do what they think is best for us. This series of thoughts has left us in a city full of inconsistent short-sighted projects that are completely unrelated to each other, and each with an official badge from the past.
When buildings were torn down and green spaces destroyed, there was a promise for “something better” that never happened. Instead, we are left with imaginary ruins that have devastated entire communities. The value of this land has been drastically reduced, but there is a growing call from individuals like Tillman and other counties to reconsider the “value” of this degraded landscape.
What if we restore long-lost elements? What if we reconnect the downtown areas through a garden walk?
In European cities, people usually gather around the market square Piazza. Buffalo still has excellent “bones” to create similar public spaces that can become neighborhood bricks. These are the types of neighborhoods that people want to live in. They are close to the beach, public transportation and other unique conditions. Instead of driving everywhere, residents could go to baseball games, take a bike ride from Elmwood Avenue, or just enjoy the neighborhood park, which is similar to what Joseph Elliott did at first with people downtown. cooperate, cooperated.
Or we could wash our hands of the historic tragedies of urban renewal and continue to do so for decades. What do you want
From the establishment of a transportation center to excavations and flooding Prime Slip, from Prime Street to Marine Drive, is a “big picture” that needs to be considered. In his “big picture portfolio,” Tilman explores and explores every aspect of these forgotten neighborhoods, giving us an insight into the enormous losses we have suffered, while demonstrating the potential of a single progressive path.
Not only did Tilman take into account the historical significance of the neighborhoods, but he also offered ways to “refresh” the revision because he knew we could never regain what we had lost. That doesn’t mean we can’t try our best to make an example of what was actually there.
Among the infrastructure and rehabilitation works are:
- An old renovation of the Union Block, the site of Doug’s dive, a documentary station on the underground railway that was once run by William “Uncle Doug” Douglass. The Union Bloc in its last days also had an Italian reputation (as it was called on the maps of the day).
- Regular archeological excavations, conservation and irrigation of the main part of Prime Slip, a private canal filled by the Civil War and where the Skyway Glacier is located.
- Restoring the streets of the Canal District to their exact historic locations, with accurate historical paving.
- Rehabilitation of Canal Street and the Erie Canal between Pearl Street and Erie Street.
- Maintenance and adaptation of the entire Skyway from the north bank of the Buffalo River to Tifft Street as the Cloudwalk (details in the previous February offer)
- Restoration of the DL&W train station and multi-lane train to connect it with Cloudwalk, Wharf Central and the historic Cobblestone district (also detailed in February)
- Renovation of Terrace Park, including Terrace Station.
- Construction of a local bus center on the Terrace and under the Truway Vienna between Pearl and Washington streets
- The re-landing of all state lands to relatively less anticipated plots in the Urban Renewal projects and the spiritual question to Joseph Elliott in 1803-4 for the purpose of individual ownership.
“The scope of the Big Picture may seem broad, but it is small compared to what Buffalo lost in the 1950s and 1960s, ”said Tillman, the campaign’s executive director. “These 12 hectares are more than 200 wells, which have been completely destroyed in the joint projects of the highway and the reconstruction of the coastal cities. Buffalo has been in a coma ever since. This is an urban misconception. We now have the knowledge, the means, and the motivation to correct these enormous social and economic injustices. We must start now and seize this historic opportunity. ”
Tielman’s plan also includes connecting all streets and waterways to the Buffalo Cloudwalk – a project concept that we published back in February. “Cloudwalk” connects to DL&W and River line (coming soon). It also connected the inner and outer ports in monumental ways.
“We need to rebuild our heritage sites to restore the economy and social equality. This is because of the fact that the Environmental Review is comprehensive and impartial, ”said Richard Berger, a campaign member and leading lawyer in the federal case. in the year 2000 which resulted in the oppositehe previous state project who dug the whole canal basin for the boat basin, and later an attempt to install a megastore Bass Pro in the central port.
In the end, the most important thing is that we consider the possibilities of multiple plans, not just the plans that are offered by those who “know better”. Over the years, we have learned what the community’s contribution to various projects is. However, that mass process is not always implemented, as we have seen in numerous failed projects. This could mean that new ideas may be proposed that we haven’t even considered, or hybrid projects developed by a number of think tanks. Whatever the outcome, let’s hope that when all this is said and done, we can feel good about the process that took place. Maybe it’s time to finally come up with a master plan?
It’s time to ask our community leaders (as well as the Department of Transportation) what’s best for Buffalo.
The big picture includes a number of possibilities that could change the city’s perspective. Canyon Research Southwest, a real estate analytics firm, estimates that the reclamation of reclaimed land under the proposal (mostly 3-4 floors of apartments) in the Grand Prix will generate $ 82,630,000 in sales tax over the next 20 years. . Benefits of spreading from the Skyway reclamation area were not calculated. This shows the huge cost of lost options since Skyway opened in 1955 and the constant loss of revenue if Skyway is not removed.
The large image plan can be downloaded büyükbuffalo.blogs.com
Guided image: Restoration of the first Buffalo Public Park – Terrace as well as the development of the original Erie Canal between Pearl Street and Erie Street and the famous Canal Street and Prime Slip, another historic canal that is probably ancient.