Advocates Push for Tearing Down Freeway Through Olmsted Corridor

Buffalo's Kensington Expressway cut the Humbolt Parkway neighborhood and its Frederick Law Olmsted-designed corridor in half in 1958. Activists are pushing the state to consider tearing it down and replacing it with a pedestrian-friendly boulevard.

A study is underway to consider the feasibility to "cap" the expressway to manage the environmental pollution that is leaking into the neighborhood. Some locals are advocating for studying the at-grade boulevard concept at the same time.

Brian Meyer writes, "Masten District resident David Torke is a neighborhood advocate who sits on Buffalo's Bicycle and Pedestrian Advisory Board. He supports a resolution sponsored by Masten Council Member Demone A. Smith that would have the city go on record in support of studying a boulevard-like option for this stretch of the expressway.

"It's an unparalleled opportunity to get it right," he said."

Thanks to Nate Neuman

Full Story: Support grows to make Kensington more people-friendly

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