Presentation on theme: "Canal Side: Citizen Waterfront Forum City of Buffalo Public Opinion Solicitation Mayor’s Office of Strategic Planning Byron W. Brown, Mayor Brendan R."— Presentation transcript:
Canal Side: Citizen Waterfront Forum City of Buffalo Public Opinion Solicitation Mayor’s Office of Strategic Planning Byron W. Brown, Mayor Brendan R. Mehaffy, Esq., Executive Director
Significant progress has been made. - Buffalonians have consistently demanded access to the water. - Federal, state, and local officials have responded with new streets, public spaces, walking and cycling paths. - The waterfront is now more accessible than it has been in decades. - Canal Side infrastructure is nearly complete and significant development-ready parcels are ready for build-out.
Mayor Brown issues call for ideas. - Mayor Byron W. Brown issued a call to the public for ideas for the development of Canal Side on August 10, 2010, and the public came back with an overwhelming response. - Solicitations for public feedback from hundreds of people were collected by e-mail, personal letters, and the City’s 311 web form and call line.
The public stresses the importance of historical and cultural authenticity in the waterfront’s build-out. STRONG PUBLIC SUPPORT National specialty restaurants and retail chains, particularly those that are not yet located in the Buffalo area. There is a strong desire for recreational, leisure, and sporting activities at the water’s edge. Civic gathering places and access to the water have widespread support. There is a strong desire for museum and interpretive experiences that relate strongly to Buffalo’s heritage, culture, and Great Lakes/Erie Canal location. The public overwhelmingly supports the waterfront’s development as a setting for restaurants, coffee houses, and bars.
The public expressed some concern about environmental standards, but did not express any concern for a living wage as a prerequisite to waterfront development. There is only limited support for use of the water’s edge as an office location, indicating a widespread preference for its development as a “resort” or an “escape from the 9 to 5” destination. While there was a call for local retailers, there was a greater call for national retailers. LIMITED PUBLIC SUPPORT
The common thread across all the responses is a desire for the waterfront to become an exciting urban place, where restaurants, retail, entertainment, recreational activities, and cultural and family destinations - in short, “things to do” - are embedded into an authentic, walkable district.
The feedback from the public reinforces many of the overriding goals and objectives of the Canal Side Master Plan.