Well, if the money is there I would suggest a return of the Liberty Pole to Lower Main St. There were 4 different poles standing downtown for over 100 years until the last was dismantled in 1939 during the construction of the now gone War Memorial Auditorium. Upon it I would fly the world’s largest free flying flag. Flag a replica U.S. flag from 1825 to commemorate the opening of the Erie Canal and top the flagpole with a statue of a family facing east with outstretched arms welcoming the settlers arriving from the coast and Europe.
Now for the money part, it will be expensive and no one has money. I would make the pole 500′ tall to surpass the newly constructed (2008) 436 ft Ashgabat Flagpole in Turkmenistan.
Then make the flag itself larger than the current largest American flag in Gastonia, NC
Would it attract tourists to the Buffalo NY historic Erie Canal? I believe so. American’s love their flag.
Now, who is the engineering and architectural firm that wants to tackle this one?