Ensure that Canalside is pedestrian-friendly
Come on down to Canalside! How? Simply walk from your parking spot to a nearby bus or Metro Rail station. That’s the message that Tom Dee, president of Erie Canal Harbor Development Corp., should be sending to restaurants and retailers interested in locating at Canalside.
Businesses need customers, not cars. Let the ECHDC promote Canalside as a car-free pedestrian area, without the hassle of caring for the automobile. Work with owners of nearby parking facilities to make these abundant spaces available after work and on weekends. Work with the NFTA to provide reliable short-distance bus shuttles and rail service. Assure businesses that customers already have easy access to Canalside via Metro Rail when coming from the city and the Northtowns. And then work with Rep. Brian Higgins to extend Metro Rail through the Cobblestone District and out to Larkinville – providing great access for Southtowns customers.