The Vision

A 2013 Model of Covered Humboldt Parkway. Designed by University at Buffalo's School of Architecture and Planning.

A 2013 Model of a new Humboldt Parkway. Designed by University at Buffalo’s School of Architecture and Planning.

 

We envision a beautiful, green parkway that will serve as a gateway connecting the historic Humboldt Parkway community to downtown and the Buffalo Niagara Medical Campus. At the same time, a green parkway and promenade will serve as a vibrant community gathering place that is an attraction within a neighborhood that includes anchor institutions the Buffalo Museum of Science, Olmsted-designed Delaware and MLK Park and Canisius College. We seek to restore the Humboldt Parkway Community that has suffered from decades of decay and economic decline due to the construction of the Kensington Expressway.

Groups Sharing Our Vision

Policy Link
Open Society Foundations
Open Buffalo
Congress for the New Urbanism
Olmsted Parks Conservancy
The National Olmsted Organization
Buffalo Museum of Science
Go Bike Buffalo
Parkside Community Association Buffalo
NFTA
GBNRTC
Grow Western New York
Scajaquada Corridor Coalition
African American Cultural Center Buffalo
True Community Development Corporation
Buffalo Urban League
PUSH Buffalo

GOBike Buffalo
Citizens’ Alliance, Inc. Buffalo
Hamlin Park Taxpayers & Community Association
Black Chamber of Commerce of Western New York
Mattie’s Restaurant
City of Buffalo Former Councilmember Demone Smith
Trinidad Neighborhood Association
City of Buffalo Former Councilmember-at-Large Charley Fisher III
Erie County Legislator Betty Jean Grant
New York State Senator Tim Kennedy
New York State Assemblywoman Crystal Peoples-Stokes
State Assemblymember Sean Ryan
Former State Senator Antoine Thompson
St. Martin de Porres Roman Catholic Church
MLK Business District Association
Martin Luther King Jr. Block Club
Western New York Landscapers Association

3 Comments On “The Vision

  1. Jim Gordon Reply

    What a great initiative! A restored Humboldt Parkway would be as beautiful and valuable an asset as are Bidwell Parkway and Lincoln Parkway. A key element in restoration is beautiful trees. Trees have extensive root systems that would make covering Rt 33 an impractical solution. I think the practical solution is to fill in Rt 33 and build a light rail extension to the airport. Remember that public transportation was a much more important element in Buffalo before it was dismantled and replaced by blight like Rt 33. Light rail could move people even more efficently than the 33 could ever hope to, with far less deterimental effects on the environment.

  2. John Austin Reply

    I also agree with the previous comment made by Jim Gordan that a restored Humboldt Parkway would be as beautiful and valuable an asset as are Bidwell Parkway and Lincoln Parkway. A key element in restoration is beautiful trees. Trees have extensive root systems that would make covering Rt 33 an impractical solution. I think the practical solution is to fill in Rt 33 with gravel/stones and create a paved grade level parkway. And I could only assume the cost of the fill would be a lot cheaper then covering the 33. In addition the fill would make for an excellent filter for ground water.

  3. John Austin Reply

    Would also like to add that in the design of the parkway adding some round abouts would also add to the olmsted type design that probably previously existed and added to the beauty and restoration of the parkway.

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