Links of the Day (Downtown Edition):
– The Midtown Plaza demolition appears to be complete, a year and a half after it started. Construction will start soon on the former Seneca Building, where Windstream will go. The city hopes to rehab the tower, but that’s a $72 million project that has yet to secure financing. There are several parcels that remain to be sold.
The mayor has said the city has the luxury of time, as infrastructure work needs to be done. But I can’t imagine this doesn’t weigh heavily on City Hall.
– The Buffalo Convention Center is losing business because it’s on a strip with vacant storefronts and condition of Main Street is poor. Buffalo Rising suggests tearing the whole thing down:
If Buffalo wants to compete in this market, it needs to think smarter. It needs to do something far outside the box. My suggestion would be to tear down the convention center and don’t replace it.
Buffalo already has countless large, underutilized spaces that would provide a unique alternative to the typical convention center and provide more than enough space.
Buffalo already has a giant problem with vacant buildings and lots, so destroying things doesn’t seem to be a good idea. However, after reading about the rejection of Buffalo’s Main Street for conventions, one has to wonder if Rochester’s convention business has suffered.
A large hunk of Rochester’s Main Street is pretty deplorable right now.
– Speaking of tearing things down, Syracuse is considering removing some downtown buildings. A Post-Standard columnist suggests making them a parking lot:
If we demolish these unfortunate wastes of perfectly good concrete, we’ll create much needed parking space for office workers, downtown dwellers and visitors.
This goes against smart urban planning on so many levels. Parking in downtowns is needed, but should be underground or in garages. When you create wide open parking lots, you’re discouraging density and taking up developable space. Besides, they’re freakin’ ugly.
Rochester is building on its downtown parking lots. A townhouse complex is going up at W. Main and Plymouth. The U of R has plans for Block F. There are other lots in development.
This column, written a couple years ago, is a rebuttal to the idea the Syracuse buildings should be torn down for parking.
– Expressways through downtowns should be called “expenseways.” They decrease the values of adjacent properties. There’s now a movement to remove some urban freeways, including Rochester’s Inner Loop and Syracuse’s I-81.