The Robert Moses Parkway has long been viewed by some as a “concrete moat” between the city and its riverfront, and thus an impediment to potential economic development.
But for just as long, its proposed removal has been mired in red tape according Falls Mayor Paul Dyster.
“Sometimes people call it the ‘Peace Bridge’ of Niagara Falls,” Dyster remarked, in reference to the now decade long debate over building a new international border crossing between Buffalo, NY and Fort Erie, Ont.
On Monday, U.S. Senator Charles Schumer (D-NY) came to Niagara Falls to announce his support for the effort to remove the Robert Moses Parkway between John Daly Boulevard and Main Street and replace it with a park road, improving pedestrian access between the city’s South End tourist district and the waterfront, in hopes of sparking economic growth.
From WIVB Channel 4 in Buffalo:
Senator Charles Schumer is calling on the Niagara Falls Heritage Ara Commission to aggessively work to restore and rejuvenate the Niagara Falls State Park.
Recent reports illustrated the run-down condition of the park which Senator Schumer says needs to be a top priority. The park needs a plan to boost tourism and economic development in the Niagara Falls area.