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Letter: Greater creative vision is needed for East Side

Greater creative vision is needed for East Side

As I remember, approximately 60 years ago, downtown Main Street, the Fillmore-Broadway area to include the Broadway Market and Central Terminal, known as the East Side, was the hubbub of Buffalo.

Significant investment has been made in the Metro Rail system, downtown Main Street, the University at Buffalo’s South Campus and Canalside. Consideration is being given to leveling the Skyway and extending the Metro Rail.

Now is the time to invest and redevelop the East Side to encompass the Central Terminal.

Tim Tielman, executive director of Campaign for Greater Buffalo, said, “The center of Buffalo’s transportation network has been, is and always will be downtown Buffalo, within a couple blocks of Main Street.”

Buffalo deserves a greater creative vision to renew the excitement of yesteryear, namely reinvesting in the Central Terminal by making it part of the Buffalo transportation hub: moving the Greyhound bus terminal to the Central Terminal and using the Greyhound terminal for NFTA buses and taxi cabs – including the lot across from that terminal. This would bring renewal to the infrastructure of the East Side, to include the Broadway Market, making not only Buffalo “great again,” but continuing a transportation network accessing all of Buffalo and its outlying suburbs.

Dennis Pillard


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