Western New York has the Erie Canal, and Love Canal. It has Canal Side, too.
Why not the Grand Island canals?
My colleague Tom suggested this at work today. Imagine the canals of Venice. Okay, that’s a little much. Imagine a bunch of inlets off the the Niagara River reaching into the Island, like water fingers. Build homes along the canal where half the garage opens to the street and the other half opens to the water and is, essentially, a boat house. Connect the canals, provide some good zoning for homes and small business, and you have a unique community focused along the extended waterfront.
I wonder of if the Grand Island Planning Board ever considered something like this.