Norquist Blasts Buffalo Waterfront Freeway Plan

<p>Former Milwaukee Mayor John Norquist visits Buffalo to protest state DOT's plan to expand freeway infrastructure on city's Outer Harbor, calls for demolition of elevated freeway and replacement with at-grade urban boulevard.</p>
September 11, 2007, 5am PDT | Nate Berg
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"John Norquist stood on the Lake Erie shoreline Friday and issued a warning: Buffalo is on the verge of making yet another colossal mistake."

"The former Milwaukee mayor, a politician known for remaking his city's waterfront, said New York State is about to build a freeway that hinders development of Buffalo's valuable outer harbor."

"'It's breathtakingly stupid,' Norquist said of the state's transportation plan. 'There's no reason to do something so obsolete, so out of date, so weirdly out of date.'"

"Norquist, now head of an urban planning organization, said the state's plans for rebuilding Route 5 and Fuhrmann Boulevard will continue the elevated barrier that exists today and force the city to keep the Skyway."

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Published on Sunday, September 9, 2007 in The Buffalo News
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