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Press Pass: Car traffic should boost Main Street business

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"Bringing cars back to Main Street is an absolute must," Business First's Jim Fink said on WBFO's Press Pass. Fink follows the view that believes a mistake was made decades ago when car traffic was routed off Main Street, allowing for the installation of city's rapid transit system.

Most Main Street businesses offer access from the rear on either Pearl or Washington Streets, but that's not enough Fink says.

"People, especially in Buffalo, they need to see something. They need to feel it. They need to touch it."

While that project moves along, Fink offers some thoughts on the widespread activity along Delaware Avenue, including a proposed Uniland Development building at the corner of Chippewa Street.

Jay Moran & Business First reporter Jim Fink in studio
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WBFO'S Jay Moran & Business First reporter Jim Fink in studio

"It [Delaware Avenue]  has, in a sense, become  downtown's new Main Street," Fink said.

He also weighed in on the controversy surrounding Mark Hamister's development of a vacant lot in Niagara Falls, one that has become a major issue in the City Council race. Though Andrew Cuomo reportedly is trying to keep the project moving along, Fink has his doubts.

"I don't know if the Governor can broker a deal here."

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Jay joined Buffalo Toronto Public Media in 2008 and has been local host for NPR's "Morning Edition" ever since. In June, 2022, he was named one of the co-hosts of WBFO's "Buffalo, What's Next."

A graduate of St. Mary's of the Lake School, St. Francis High School and Buffalo State College, Jay has worked most of his professional career in Buffalo. Outside of public media, he continues in longstanding roles as the public address announcer for the Buffalo Sabres of the National Hockey League and as play-by-play voice of Canisius College basketball.