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Williamsville looks to modify Main Street traffic

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Village of Williamsville Mayor Brian Kulpa says residents want to take back their streets and not just be thought of as buildings along traffic arteries, as Main Street is usually perceived.

The mayor, council and staffers walked to the Water Mill from the Municipal Building, dodging cars on Main along the way.

"This week is all about showing people just how much they own that road," Mayor Kulpa said.

"So, when we close Main Street on Saturday and we throw Williamsville's first Main Street Block Party, it's about giving people, families, kids the ability to go sidewalk chalk Main Street, play hockey on Main Street. Make us realize this isn't just something we are burdened with, it's something we need to take ownership of."

Kulpa says the village board meeting was held outside the Water Mill because the village plans to fix up the street and the property along it to make it part of a walkable community.

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Crossing Main Street in Williamsville presents pedestrians with a daunting task.

He compares what's in the works to creating a walkable commercial community like the Elmwood Village or Hertel Avenue with Williamsville's very strong commercial environment.

Mike Desmond is one of Western New York’s most experienced reporters, having spent nearly a half-century covering the region for newspapers, television stations and public radio. He has been with WBFO and its predecessor, WNED-AM, since 1988. As a reporter for WBFO, he has covered literally thousands of stories involving education, science, business, the environment and many other issues. Mike has been a long-time theater reviewer for a variety of publications and was formerly a part-time reporter for The New York Times.