The Canalside Project has easily drawn the most opinions/suggestions of any of the other developments currently going on in the City of Buffalo. Regardless of how you feel about the progress, it is an exciting aspect of downtown which has some serious potential. However, with the economy in the trash can, as well as the usual bureaucratic hurdles that all public works face, the development seems to be moving at a fairly slow pace. I wanted to take some time to talk about how I feel about the progress made so far, as well as a few ideas I have for the area.
It’s easy for people to just come out and criticize the project in general, but when you step back and look at it, there really has been some great progress made with this valuable stretch of waterfront at the foot of downtown Buffalo. Before jumping into criticism and ideas, it’s only fair I recognize the good that has already been done:
When thinking of beautiful places to spend an afternoon, a cemetery usually isn’t the first place that comes to mind. The truth is, Forest Lawn Cemetery is easily the most underappreciated landmark within the city limits of Buffalo. Even if you’ve heard of Forest Lawn before, perhaps the feeling of the deceased surrounding you as you go for a stroll has ultimately kept you away. If that’s the case, you should reconsider. And I’m hoping this post will help change your mind.
Forest Lawn was another place I first frequented with my parents when I was quite young. As we drove out, I remember thinking how strange it was that we were going sightseeing at a graveyard, but I also thought it was kind of cool. Halloween has long been my favorite holiday (even though I hate horror movies), so I’ve always had a bit of a fascination with the mysteries of the afterlife, and the general creepiness you feel crawl up your neck in certain situations like this. Ironically, Forest Lawn is not that type of place at all. If you go on a nice, autumn day (like the ones we should have this weekend!), it has more of a feeling of a beautiful park where a bunch of dead people just happen to be buried. Jump over to see why: