Road removal pushed by those who use it
Gazette, 14 April 1998
I would like to clarify several points brought up in a
recently published letter by Francis W. Shedd regarding the Niagara Heritage Partnership,
a group that advocates the removal of the Robert Moses Parkway and of which I am a
First, most of the members (myself included) are
habitual users of the parkway. Let's face it - the parkway is often a quicker route to and
from downtown Niagara Falls. Local commuters choose it for convenience, not for the vista.
There are alternate routes available that are nearly as quick.
The construction of the parkway was poorly planned - a
mistake we inherited. It infringes on the natural beauty and splendor of the Niagara Gorge
and has played havoc with the native flora and wildlife. Just because "our society
today is motorized" does not give us the right to destroy a natural wonder so that we
can view it from a motorized vehicle traveling 55 mph.
Second, Mr. Shedd tells us that he has lived in
Niagara Falls for 75 years and remembers the gorge before the parkway existed. He does not
recall the natural park ever being used as we are proposing. Of course not; the area
never properly marketed in that manner. Most businesses would fail today if they neglected
to effectively reach their target markets.
And as far as letters of support coming from
individuals who do not use the parkway or live in the area, well, Mr. Shedd, the way I
see it, the Niagara Gorge belongs to us all, and everyone has a right to enjoy its natural
beauty, or at least what remains of it. The Niagara Heritage Partnership welcomes the
support of any interested party.
Dan Sicoli, Niagara Falls, New York