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THERE'S NO REAL SECRET TO WATERFRONT DEVELOPMENT

I hope the artist's rendition of Buffalo's waterfront development in the Aug. 9 News was just from someone's bad dream. Why all the tall buildings right on what should be public beach and parkland? Development should be scaled from the water to beaches to parkland to low-level buildings, and then step up to taller structures.

As to the mayor's remarks about the lack of private investment, I can only ask rhetorically: Why would any major investor want to come here and immediately face a demand for a project labor agreement? While Dennis Gorski crows about a three-year tax freeze, he neatly forgets about the need to roll back the existing property-tax levels, which are extremely high.

A noteworthy item on the business page of the same issue stated that Fieldbrook Farms in Dunkirk is bringing 30 new jobs from Maine. We need to get our property-tax levels down to allow companies to locate here. There is no secret to attracting private development. The problem in Western New York is that we have too many politicians stuck in their own mud.

Donald G. Hobel North Tonawanda

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