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Cars Credited with a Comeback on Main Street

Once only accessible to pedestrians and Metro Rail, Main Street in Buffalo is seeing automobile traffic and business investment again.
June 6, 2016, 1pm PDT | James Brasuell | @CasualBrasuell
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Looking down the Metro Rail tracks on Main Street in Buffalo, New York.

Mark Sommer writes of a boom for business on Main Street in Buffalo: "The cars came back – and now the diners, renters and shoppers are beginning to come, too."

After listing some of the new businesses opening in the area, Sommer talks to one business owner in particular who credits the return of vehicle traffic to Main Street after it was banned in 1982. The city opened Main Street to cars when it launched the "Cars Sharing Main Street" program in 2009. "As the automobiles, which share the road with Metro Rail, slowly make a comeback, so, too, does the commercial heart of downtown itself," writes Sommer.

While this article, gives credit to the car, a story picked up by Planetizen in 2013 credited Buffalo's Metro Rail system, once touted as a "Train to Nowhere," with the massive investment represented by the Buffalo Niagara Medical Campus.

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Published on Monday, May 30, 2016 in The Buffalo News
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