Remove 4 lanes of Robert Moses Parkway
Gazette, 14 March 1998
I am writing this letter to voice my support for the
proposal by the Niagara Heritage Partnership to remove the four lanes of the Robert Moses
Parkway from the Schoellkopf Museum to Lewiston. The letter that appeared early last month
in the Gazette that was against this project largely stimulated me to write this one.
I am not an environmentalist nor am I any kind of
expert in any related field; therefore, my opinion is only one of a lay person. However, I
am a lay person who has spent my entire life here and who regularly frequents the falls
and the gorge on weekends during all seasons. My point of view on this matter comes
strictly from that of an outdoors person or, as the more fiscally minded might choose to
say, an "ecotourist."
When people come to Niagara to experience the
unlimited natural wonder of this special and unique place, they find themselves bombarded
by artificial and man-made constructs on all sides. As an "ecotourist," I think
I speak for many others when I say that at Niagara, I seek a link to the natural world. I
believe that Niagara Falls should always be a place where all of us can go to transcend
our finite little worlds of steel and glass and machines and plastics.
In pursuit of such essential natural experiences at
Niagara, we shouldn't have to, and certainly our children shouldn't have to go down into
the gorge where the overdevelopment is less visible and/or to have to close our eyes at
the cataract to try to imagine how it once was.
Ecotourism is by far the fastest-growing form of
tourism. Removing the unneeded four lanes of the Robert Moses from Schoellkopf to Lewiston
and restoring the natural flora of the gorgetop would be an enormous step in not only
tapping into Niagara's limitless ecotourist potential, but more importantly, it would be a
giant step in doing the right thing for future generations who should also have the right
to know Niagara.
David D. Saj, North Tonawanda