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Having just witnessed the controversy over Starbucks Coffee, and now watching the same issues resurface with the potential "Walgreens castle" project at Elmwood and Delavan, as well as the proposed expansion of the Rite Aid Drug Store at the corner of Elmwood and Bryant, the citizens of Buffalo might well ask: Where is the vision and management in neighborhood planning for Elmwood Avenue?

The free enterprise that provides commercial growth and diversity is essential to the future of Elmwood. High-profile national chain stores should be welcome in the city, but not at the expense of the unique blend of businesses and residences that now define the village charm of our neighborhoods.

Our city needs to adhere to zoning regulations prohibiting this trend of demolition and "progress" at any cost.

The development of a clear plan for the future growth of Elmwood should be a major priority. Such planning could attract new commerce by making it easier to do business here in Buffalo, rather than creating unnecessary controversy.

William A. Wisniewski