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Letter: Buffalo should commemorate bicentennial of the Erie Canal

Buffalo should commemorate bicentennial of the Erie Canal

The News recently reported that the City of Tonawanda plans for a sculpture paying tribute to Erie Canal history. Syracuse has already started a bicentennial celebration spanning the years 2017 through 2025, reflecting the eight years it took to begin and complete construction of the Erie Canal 200 years ago.

Meanwhile, officials and planners in Buffalo, the western terminus of the canal that changed our city, state and nation, continue to rhapsodize over carousels, concert venues, food trucks and other mundane “attractions.”

They pay short shrift to the true history of Canalside, and only seven years away from the 200th anniversary of the completion of the canal, have yet to plan a sculpture, Buffalo Erie Canal Visitors Center or any elements of a proper celebration of the event.

Seven years and counting, Buffalo!

Angelo Coniglio


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