THE TIME IS NOW. LET YOUR VOICE BE HEARD
Buffalo’s beautiful park system was designed 150 years ago by America’s first landscape architect, Frederick Law Olmsted. In the 1950’s, construction of the Scajaquada Expressway divided and destroyed acres of parkland the jewel of Olmsted’s system, Delaware Park. Right now, we have an unprecedented opportunity to reverse this mistake and restore Olmsted’s legacy – but only if we can convince the Governor to help us #SaveDelawarePark.
Please make your voice heard by signing our petition. Tell the NYS DOT to rethink its current short-sighted plan and join with the community on a comprehensive approach that would reunite the park and reconnect the community, improve accessibility through safe complete streets, and enhance the economic vitality of this corridor for our City. We won’t have this chance again for another 75 years.
There are 3 crucial points to understand and takeaway from the August 8 DOT Public Meeting:
- NYSDOT’s assertions that the BOPC’s vision for restoring the Stone Arch Bridge as destroying three additional acres of parkland and disturbing pre-historic archeological are blatantly false. While only conceptual, it is estimated that rerouting traffic to a single at-grade intersection at Delaware Avenue would restore around four acres of historic parkland, would be designed to avoid all sensitive archeological sites, and most importantly restore Olmstedian connectivity between the lake and the meadow.
- NYSDOT’s suggestion that the BOPC vision for Delaware Avenue intersection would cause gridlock represents biased traffic projections based on insufficient study area. Countless examples of expressway removals in other cities and progressive urban planning principles suggest that removal of grade-separation expressway features and reconnection of the street grid reduce the channelization of traffic which is the root cause of congestion in cities. They also fail to mention that they are referring to congestion for roughly 10 hours per week during rush hours.
- NYSDOT’s claims that medians are a “park-like” feature which complements the Olmsted design is a gross misstatement. Where Olmsted designed roadways within his parks, they were designed to have the least possible intrusion on the park setting. Completely obscured from the park user he designed smaller or tighter roadway to allow for the maximum public park space. A four feet wide concrete median severs as a continued access barrier and a dividing intrusion which is unnecessary for 30 mph.
Please click on the following links for additional resources on this topic:
- Official Press Release, July 24, 2017
- BOPC Position Statement
- Route 198 FAQs
- Letter to Commissioner Driscoll
- 198 System – Cultural and Neighborhood Assets
- 198 Corridor Strategic Investment Plan
- Delaware Avenue Perspective Rendering – July 2017
- Stone Arch Bridge Perspective Rendering (Artist Impression Only) – August 2017
- Scajaquada Corridor Perspective Rendering – August 2017
- 198 Historic graphics