Uh oh. The $315 million redevelopment plan for Buffalo's inner harbor is receiving mixed reviews.
Certainly troubling is the idea of allowing the elevated highway to stand over the proposed 20-acre entertainment/residential/commercial district.
It seems odd to lead such an important urban revitalization effort with something as un-metropolitan as a Bass Pro.
And the message is off: The project is not a "lifestyle center," according to Erie Canal Harbor Development Corp Vice Chair Lawrence Quinn (as reported at Buffalo Rising.)
A revitalized waterfront is key to the health and wealth of Buffalo and the Great Lakes. But highways and suburban style shopping malls are not leading indicators of prosperity in this new era. The winning strategy invests in mass transit, local business and inviting public places.
You can do it Buffalo! If you build it they will come.