EastCleveland wrote:Buffalo Central Terminal is on the outskirts of the city, in a poor and decrepit neighborhood nearly three miles from downtown.
Location, location, location. I guess that old real estate saying is true.
Drawing folks (and their money) into the inner cities can be a challenge, especially in those scarred industrial towns that have made a ragged transition into the service economy. And as you say, if Central Terminal isn't so "central" in terms of foot traffic, well, it's hard to start from nothing.
I know Philly has had a few failed malls, even in seemingly busy areas. New Market comes to mind. Intended as a trendy inner-city mall at the foot of South Street in the early 80s, it soon closed and became a ghost town of ramps and stairways to noplace. So even location (as you point out) isn't a guarantee of success.
I'm fortunate to live in a town where so many of the old RR stations survive-- Broad Street Station being the notable exception.
I wish the preservationists the best of luck in Buffalo.