The Peace Bridge
On August 7th, 1927 Prince Edward of Wales, Prince George the Duke of Kent, Prime Minister of Great Britain Stanley Baldwin, Prime Minister of Canada William Lyon Mackenzie King, Premier of Ontario Howard Ferguson, U.S. Vice President Charles Dawes, U.S. Secretary of State Frank Kellogg, New York State Al Smith, and over 100,000 North Americans flocked to Buffalo’s (and Fort Erie’s) Peace Bridge for a dedication ceremony uniting the two nations across the mighty Niagara.
In 2012, the bridge’s centennial is rapidly approaching and a plan for the big Peace’s future is marred in controversy and debate. Is a new bridge necessary? How does the Peace Bridge affect air quality? Will the plaza expansion destroy historic buildings? Today and tomorrow, hardly a week after the 85th anniversary of the aforementioned ceremony, What’s New Buffalo explores the Peace Bridge controversy.
Photograph by Robert Thuerck