State Parks dropped by the other day to get input some ideas for the Robert Moses Parkway. People north of Niagara Falls want it essentially left alone. Falls advocates want it removed. It's been the Hatfields and McCoys for some time and probably will be for a while. My own thoughts is that there are far better things to spend precious resources on before we should even ENTERTAIN the idea of taking the Parkway out, ideas I think we could all agree on. For example:
1) Take the parking out of Niagara Falls State Park and return it fully to Olmsted's vision. This would push more people into the City, especially if parking were put up by Nabisco, creating more economic activity while making the greenies happy by returning the park to its natural state.
2) Build the Experience Center. Remember this little gem of an idea to create a world class attraction on this side of the Falls. How about we see that one through.
3) Re-open the walkway. If we're moving parking, then let's have an alternative for bad weather days and winter days for people to be protected from the elements. We all remember the connectors from the Convention Center (casino) to the Rainbow mall (culinary.)
4) Demolish, demolish, demolish. The number of vacant homes in Niagara Falls is staggering and contributes to crime. Get them down.
I welcome your other thoughts and suggestions. And if you believe Parkway removal is indeed the right investment for scarce dollars right now and will have a good return on the investment, tell me how.