There is a lot of blather, froth, disinformation, wishful thinking, and a willing suspension of disbelief among local politicians and the small but powerful
coterie that constitutes Buffalo's real estate/industrial complex about
the supposed benefits of destroying the historic site of the Canal
District and its future potential for a shopping center anchored by a
Bass Pro. Let the truth set you free. Read the entire "Pre Development
Agreement" (hype for the more prosaic Memorandum of Understanding; this
is the second such MOU signed by Bass Pro and the Erie Canal Harbor
Corporation). It is a fascinating look at the classic spoils system
updated to the 21st century.
Click on the link below to download this second MOU between the Erie Canal Harbor Development Corporation (ECHDC - a subsidiary of the Empire State Development Corporation, ESDC), big box category killer Bass Pro, and Benderson Development. The dream of the Canal District becoming a real neighborhood again, embodied in the "People's Plan" of 2004 and being built now, would be forever dashed. The People's Plan, subject of a post below, can be downloaded there.