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Urban Expressway Removal in Buffalo: The Historical Context

Date: Mar 30, 2018
Author(s): Daniel Cadzow
Topic(s): Data / Demographics / History: Buffalo History, Data / Demographics / History: General, Data / Demographics / History: Plans, Environment: General, Environment: Land Use, Environment: Transit
Type: Policy Brief

This policy brief was drafted by Daniel Cadzow, Policy Fellow at PPG and an advocate for environmental justice and equitable traffic infrastructure.


The policy brief summarizes the history of transportation infrastructure in Buffalo and some of the thinking behind its development. It sheds light on some of the positive and negative impacts of urban expressways in Buffalo and provides suggestions for how our city should think about moving forward, avoid repeating the mistakes of the past, and repair some of the harms caused.

Special thanks to Justin Booth of GObike Buffalo and David Turkon of Ithaca College for sharing their thoughts and insights.