The Infrastructurist just published a column on seven freeways to demolish. One of the freeways is Buffalo’s Skyway. As a native of Buffalo I agree with Michael, who commented on the great views from the Skyway.
But … why stop at tearing down the Skyway in Buffalo? Interstate 190 goes north from the Skyway cutting the city off from LaSalle Park and continues along the banks of the Niagara River … what could be a magnificent riverfront. The lighthouse above is on the shore of Lake Erie at the Coast Guard station.
Next up, Buffalo’s Inner Beltway. Let’s start with the Scajaquada Expressway (NY 198), running along Scajaquada Creek through the Fredrick Law Olmsted Delaware Park (!!!). Then the depressed freeway in the Olmsted-designed Humboldt Parkway (I guess it was OK to put a freeway through the parkway in the African American neighborhood but not the one in the mansion district: Chapin Parkway).
Yeah, yeah, “What will happen to the traffic?” “Buffalo needs the freeways for economic development.”
Figuring out how to deal with the traffic would take some creative transportation planning, but maybe what Buffalo really needs is some bold thinking for the future.