With Governor Cuomo’s recent announcement of plans to look at the effort and impact for capping the Humboldt Parkway, and continued plans to calm the Scajaquada, Buffalo’s residents are starting to think seriously about the necessity of our inner-city expressways. Some are coming to the conclusion, like us, that they have outlived their usefulness and should be removed altogether.
In a recent editorial to the Buffalo News, Dr. Steve Lakomy, writes that he believes the Kensington Expressway should be removed in order to fully restore Humboldt Parkway:
While I sympathize with commuters who fear long commute times, their concerns must not be remedied at the expense of one of Olmsted’s masterpieces and at the expense of an East Side neighborhood that is just now seeing tiny sprouts of life in the form of investment. Buffalo’s streets were constructed for over half a million people; they can handle the traffic.
…this is the new Buffalo. Let’s be bold. Let’s shout to the world that we are progressive.
We couldn’t have said it better.