The Skyway, a connector overpass to the outer harbor, dominates the landscape of the area. There is a proposal on the table to tear down the Skyway and build a new bridge, however, the demolition cost would be well over ten million dollars. The Skyway could be retained and re-used for activities related to Canalside, even though another bridge is constructed. The view from the Skyway is exceptional since the span is so high and strategically situated on the waterfront. Unique and exciting attractions would make the Skyway an asset to Canalside and Buffalo and generate income to maintain the structure. Even if saving the Skyway proves unrealistic politically, a speculative project could identify ideas that may be used elsewhere in Canalside, the Outer Harbor or the Grain Elevator District.
This speculative design ideas project will focus on the re-use of the Skyway, with a focus on developing exciting experiences for all ages that would attract a national audience, generate repeat visits and produce an income stream that could not only support the activities but also the maintenance of the structure.
Edward Steinfeld, Professor