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Local effort envisions an alternative for Scajaquada Expressway

image from the Partnership for the Public Good

While state officials will be releasing its proposals for the future of the Scajaquada Expressway Wednesday night, the Partnership for the Public Good has come out with its plans for the roadway.

The plan looks to turn the expressway into a relatively slow-speed parkway. The PPG would create that parkway more in the spirit of Frederick Law Olmsted and the parks he designed.

"If we all had the prescience to see what these expressways had done to our cities I don't think we ever would have built them," said Justin Booth, the report's co-author.

"We've seen places such as Milwaukee, New York City, San Francisco, as close by as Niagara Falls and Rochester, begin to remove their expressways."

Booth says legacy infrastructure projects have to be re-studied as they wear out and decisions made on what would replace them or simply duplicate them.

Tonight's meeting is at 7 p.m. in Buffalo State's Bulger Communications Center.

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.