Even after a discount for Midwestern chauvinism and hometown pride, I can't believe the lack of imagination in the new Peace Bridge plans.
On Jan. 6, 1994, a strikingly beautiful 21stcentury bridge was dedicated in Alton, Ill., my hometown. Although Alton is little more than a bedroom community for St. Louis 12 miles further down the Mississippi, the new bridge gives the community of 33,000 an individuality proportionately comparable to that of the often photographed Gateway Arch, which is a masterpiece.
Anyone not convinced can watch "The Building of a Bridge" on PBS on Nov. 12. The two-hour program covers phases from design through construction of the 4,620-foot link between Missouri and Illinois.
Designers have called this span "the second most beautiful bridge in America." Buffalo should certainly have enough civic pride to compete in this league.
John L. Wardein