A Once-In-A-Lifetime Opportunity: Remove Our Urban Highway System

Our community vision for a revitalized Scajaquada Creek, a connected Delaware Park, and a restored Humboldt Parkway.

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What is possible for the reimagination of the Scajaquada Corridor? Many decisions are on the horizon for infrastructure priorities across the nation and in our region. Defining moments don’t come around very often, and 2021 may provide the last, best chance in a generation to reclaim our creek and community.

That's why we've designed and visualized a future for our region; to establish a plan that revitalizes and restores the dignity of our neighborhoods by promoting connectivity, improving accessibility to our parks and waterways, and developing a catalyst of economic development.

Aerial view facing North-West over the Scajaquada Expressway.
Aerial view facing North-West over the Scajaquada Expressway.

A Revitalized Black Rock Harbor

The Scajaquada Expressway cut communities in half and destroyed economic opportunities. By restoring long-neglected neighborhoods, such as Black Rock, we can transform our community into the gateway of Buffalo's most important waterway.

Facing East on the Scajaquada Expressway, between Wegmans on Amherst Street and Buffalo State College.
Facing East on the Scajaquada Expressway, between Wegmans on Amherst Street and Buffalo State College.

A Restored Scajaquada Creek Corridor

Scajaquada Creek is one of the most polluted and impaired. For too long, we’ve lived alongside a creek that is polluted, buried, hardened, industrialized, and mangled by road infrastructure that supports minimal vegetation and wildlife, and is choked by raw sewage every time it rains.

Our vision transforms Scajaquada Creek into a waterfront landmark that our city deserves; providing direct access to the water, significantly increasing local green-space, and restoring natural habitats.

Facing North-West on the Kensington Expressway, between Sisters Hospital and Canisius College.
Facing North-West on the Kensington Expressway, between Sisters Hospital and Canisius College.

A Magnificent Humboldt Parkway

Our vision restores Humboldt Parkway to its historic, lush, green promenade. Serving as a vibrant community gathering place by creating liveable neighborhoods around our cultural institutions like Buffalo Museum of Science, Olmsted-designed Delaware and MLK Parks, and Canisius College.

Facing South-West in Delaware Park, from the Point of the Meadow Shelter and Soccer Fields.
Facing South-West in Delaware Park, from the Point of the Meadow Shelter and Soccer Fields.

A Reconnected Delaware Park

The Scajaquada Expressway erased significant portions of Delaware Park, slashing apart the Meadow and the Lake. Our vision reconnects the park, restores the historic stone bridge arched over Delaware Avenue, and celebrate the cornerstone of Buffalo's cultural institutions.

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