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Letter: We need to get creative to revive the East Side

We need to get creative to revive the East Side

I do not know the effect the decision not to revive the Central Terminal as an Amtrak station will have on the hopes many Buffalonians have to see that building restored. Its fate, unsurprisingly, parallels the fate of Buffalo’s East Side.

I cannot foresee a successful revival of the Central Terminal by itself. The recently developed High Line Park in Manhattan has transformed a neglected section of Manhattan, making its real estate very valuable.

Could the empty lots between Martin Luther King Park and the Central Terminal be combined into a new forested, urban park?

I wonder if the Olmsted nonprofit here could design and create this new park? If there would be room for residences, how about rebuilding 19th century homes to create an original historical neighborhood?

Why is all of the imagination, money and energy at Canalside? Let’s put some initiative and love on the East Side.

Donald Blank


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