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If I Had a Billion Dollars: An Open University

Our Best of Buffalo poll this year included an essay question: How would you invest a billion dollars in the welfare of Western New York? We’re posting an answer every day until we run out of good answers:

Create an open university to give free education to all Buffalonians, and invest the money to pay staff and professors out of a regulated trustfund.  In return they must live in the city for the next ten years or pay for the education. Also, work with leaders to cap RT. 33 and rebuild the Kensington parkway. Create a Olmstead/Vaux national museum and make the conservancy and the parks reap the rewards of this national treasure. Finish off the incomplete Rapid transit system, and contine the line to the UB north campus with a second extension to Niagara Falls and south to the Village of Hamburg and Rich Stadium. Also make an line going East-west from The West side to Cheektowaga/ Walden Galleria. All of the east-west lines, and extensions north and ssouth would run above ground where possible and use rail cooridors, but lay new narrow-gauge tracks to fit the rail line.