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Letter: Waterfront stadium idea deserves political support

Waterfront stadium idea deserves political support

It’s been said that you learn from your mistakes, but, when it comes to the City of Buffalo, that is not true.

More than 40 years ago, a proposal was put forth for a new stadium to be built downtown, but the powers that were running our government successfully killed that idea and had the stadium built in the middle of nowhere. This project would have centered all of our major sports in the center of our city. It was a formula that had worked for many of the major cities in America, but it wasn’t good enough for Buffalo. And because of the politicians’ decision, it was the beginning of our city’s core becoming a ghost town.

Today, there is a group proposing a billion-dollar-plus stadium complex and they are facing the same challenges that were faced in the late 1960s. We finally have a proposal that will make our city a major destination for tourists from all over the world, and because of the Niagara Frontier Transportation Authority it will probably die in the water.

Why are the politicians afraid of standing up to the NFTA and insisting that the authority release their property for a feasibility study? The NFTA has held this land since the late 1950s and has done nothing with it. Now, a group comes in with a plan that will make our waterfront a major destination and they are up against a brick wall.

Haven’t we learned that authorities do not work in the interest of the people? Just last week it was disclosed that the power authority is working mainly for the financial gain of its members and not the citizens of our area. Are we going to allow the NFTA to continue controlling the future of our waterfront? They surely haven’t done a good job for the last 60 years; why let them continue?

There was a motto for a Syracuse beer company back in the 1950s and 1960s, “We’re 50 years behind the times and that’s the way we like it.” I’m wondering if that is the motto of the politicians of Buffalo.

Louis M. Merzacco


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