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Restore Our Community Coalition Launches “I Remember” Campaign
December 6, 2014
Campaign asks residents and community to Remember the beauty of the Humboldt Parkway.
Sunday, December 14, 2014 the Restore Our Community Coalition (ROCC) invites current and former residents of Humboldt Parkway neighborhoods to attend the “I Remember” Holiday
The decision to destroy one of America’s tree lined Olmsted parkways and replace it with an expressway was introduced over 60 years ago. This planning decision has resulted in decades of decay and decline of a once vibrant, clean, green, and beautiful neighborhood. Dedicated community leaders from the Hamlin Park Tax Payers Association, Olmsted Parks Conservancy, Buffalo Museum of Science and the Black Chamber of Commerce as well as Humboldt Parkway community residents want the neighborhood restored. The neighborhood must be reconnected to the cultural and economic vibrancy of the new renaissance in Buffalo. Olmsted designed Humboldt Parkway to allow users to travel from Delaware park to (then) Parade Park without leaving the serenity of a park-like atmosphere, and the rows of large maple trees provided a canopy for the boulevard creating a formal gateway to the Buffalo Museum of Science. Humboldt Parkway was once to its community what Bidwell, Chapin and Lincoln Parkways are to the Elmwood community. In addition to providing much needed green space, Olmsted intended for Humboldt Parkway to connect neighborhoods.
Residents and former residents are invited to attend an “I Remember” Holiday Reception to hear and share the stories and learn more about the committee’s plan to encourage a restored community.
Stephanie Barber Geter, Chair of ROCC and Pres. the Hamlin Park Tax Payer Association
Clarke Eaton, founder of the Restore Our Community movement
Karen Stanley Fleming, Executive Director, ROCC
Hamlin Park Residents, ROCC Committee and Community residents
Sunday, December 14, 2014 3:00 pm – 5:00 pm
60 Hedley Place (Historic grey stone farm house)
Buffalo, NY 14208 * Parking lot in back and on street parking
About Restore our Community Coalition
The Restore Our Community Coalition, Inc. is a group of organizations & institutions dedicated to the revitalization of neighborhoods along Humboldt Parkway. Find out more about ROCC at roccbuffalo.org or at https://www.facebook.com/bflorocc. “We want to restore the Olmsted vision of a vibrant, green community space, to remediate the devastation caused by the construction of Route 33, and to create a beautiful gateway to Buffalo’s Medical Corridor.” – Stephanie Geter (Chair ROCC)
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