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Letter: Eliminate expressways in beloved Olmsted parks

Eliminate expressways in beloved Olmsted parks

There have been several letters bemoaning the recently lowered speed limit for the Scajaquada Expressway. Rather than complain about the lowered speed limit, we should step back and realize what the real problem is. Buffalo made two monumental mistakes when it allowed an expressway to slice up Delaware Park, Frederick Law Olmsted’s masterpiece in Buffalo, and to eliminate Humboldt Parkway, one of the three beautiful Olmsted parkways in Buffalo. Imagine if someone proposed an expressway to divide Central Park in New York City. That is unthinkable. Yet we did just that to our “central park.” Those expressways should have never been built in those parks and parkways. They can and should be eliminated.

Steve Lakomy, M.D.