Post-Skyway proposal borrows from Buffalo’s past to design its future

Mark Sommer
There’s been a lot of focus on whether to take down the Skyway.

A new proposal from a preservation group focuses on what might take its place.

The proposal from the Campaign for Greater Buffalo History, Architecture & Culture reaches back to the 1800s for inspiration while erasing the damage it sees from the highway and urban renewal projects in the 1950s and ’60s. It encompasses 12 acres that would become available with the removal of the downtown side of the Skyway ramps, highway and supports.

Perhaps most stunningly, the Erie Canal would be reestablished between Pearl and Erie streets. Buffalo’s first public park known as the Terrace would be restored from Erie to Court streets, including a promenade between Church and Genesee streets.

The Buffalo News

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