The Blackrock and Riverside sections of Buffalo could be nationally renowned neighborhoods with an extraordinary quality of life. But rather than securing a gorgeous waterfront as public space, we have allowed a massive interstate to sever the city from it’s waterfront, causing suppressed property values, inhibited development opportunities, and a poorer quality of life for the entire city.
But this 1960s-era mistake can be fixed — and what emerges will be transformational.
It will take political leadership that is more daring than we’ve had in a longtime. It will take civic leaders with more vision. It will take developers who are more enlightened. It will take a political system that is more constructive. It will take planners who are more assertive.
And it will take a populace willing to dream better.