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February 5, 2013

ON THE PARKWAY: Removal advocates say project would drive eco-tourism

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Niagara Gazette — “It says please get rid of it, it makes ultimate sense, everything you’ve been saying all along is correct,” Baxter said of the study. 

Baxter maintains that parkway advocates have not offered “one scintilla” of evidence to show the stretch of parkway between Niagara Falls and Lewiston is necessary. 

Once removed, Baxter said additional resources would have to be devoted to achieving the end goal — restoring the natural setting of the gorge rim. In today’s pro-environment, eco-friendly world, Baxter believes the project would draw a lot of interest, not only across America, but around the world.

“If you can court the population of ecotourists above and beyond tourists who are already coming here, my God, what a boon,” Baxter said. “Of course, they’d go to Lewiston. We could say ‘look at what we have to offer here.’ What other economic vision for the region has surfaced since the industry collapsed here? It’s a minimal investment for a perpetual payoff that would last generations into the future.” 

“This is a process,” he said. “It goes on for years. This, in itself, could be a promotional tool.” 

Lamb agrees.

“I think the plans are there but I think they just lack the political will to act,” Lamb said. “I think it would increase tourism. I think it would make Niagara Falls more desirable. I think it would help the entire area become more attractive to people. Maybe even more than that it’s just a matter of saving nature and not trying to tarnish something natural.” 

ON THE MOSES PARKWAY The Gazette is taking a comprehensive look at issues surrounding the Robert Moses Parkway and its future. The series so far: n MONDAY: History of the parkway's development n TODAY: Removal advocates talk up benefits

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