Niagara Gazette

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February 6, 2013

ON THE PARKWAY: Northtowns and attractions depend on direct route

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Niagara Gazette — If traffic is diverted from the parkway onto city streets, some residents of the DeVeaux neighborhoods, where traffic would then flow, believe it will be a detriment to the families in the area.

“Eliminating the parkway would result in a sizable increase in traffic on Lewiston Road and a negative effect on property values,” said Michael Parsnick, a resident of DeVeaux and member of the Parkway Preservation Committee, a grassroots organization created to keep the parkway intact.

Parsnick said an informal survey of cars on the Robert Moses during morning drive time indicated a couple hundred extra cars might be passing through Deveaux and past Maple Avenue Elementary School each day if the parkway was removed. “There will be noise pollution, there will be air pollution —all of that — and we don’t want it,” he said.

Still, some opponents to parkway removal have expressed willingness to compromise.  

“We’ve stated from day one that we support removal of the parkway from Main Street to Findlay Drive and that seems to be the area of major concern,” said Parsnick of his Parkway Preservation Committee.

Soluri, however, is most vehemently opposed to the idea of tearing out the whole Robert Moses Parkway, which runs through to Lake Road near the Village of Youngstown. Instead, he believes the roadway should be promoted as an attraction in its own right, and improved with the addition of picnic tables and better pathways for people to enjoy the Niagara Gorge.

“All they have to do is create a beautiful, revised parkway. They could make it such an attraction,” he said. “That would keep the people in Niagara Falls happy and the people in the Northtowns happy.”

There are clearly many passionate voices on both sides of the issue, but all will have to wait to hear the recommendations of the scoping committee, since the state has delayed the announcement of the options to be recommended.

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