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PROPOSED ELMWOOD GATEWAY WILL GREATLY BENEFIT AREA

The Forever Elmwood group deserves the support of government officials and the entire community for its farsighted proposal to transform Elmwood Avenue from the Scajaquada to West Delavan into a stunning and user-friendly gateway. If this plan, which includes three roundabouts, is implemented, it will be a tremendous boon to area businesses and cultural organizations.

As a member of the volunteer group that helped convince the State Department of Transportation that four roundabouts and other traffic-calming and walkability solutions would spark a renaissance for the Village of Hamburg's neglected business corridor, I know that Forever Elmwood faces many obstacles. But this opportunity cannot be wasted. Traffic-calming and walkability solutions have been proven successful in improving traffic flow in congested areas, drastically reducing accidents, improving the business climate, raising real-estate values and decreasing vehicle emissions.

The Elmwood gateway is the type of small, grass-roots project that will help bring Buffalo back to its former beauty and prominence one step at a time.

Jim Koelmel

Hamburg