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DC83

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Again, part of the challenge is to get tourists to explore this part of the city. I'm sure the downtown BIA is not getting much help on that from the established tourist areas who would like to keep all the people in their own part of town. Another thing that occurs to me is that there should be additional mid-rise housing built to increase the local population so that these businesses can be sustained through the "off season".!

I think the best solution to bring people from 'The Strip' to Downtown, NF (ps, tourists refer to The Strip as 'Downtown', so to rebrand the REAL Downtown as an Arts District probably wouldn't be too confusing to Tourists at all) is to connect the two areas with an LRT along that trail (which used to be Rail).

I made my own GoogleMap of my idea:
http://maps.google.ca/maps/ms?hl=en...d=115978337128192551626.0004655503238793af24c

This LRT is 100% necessary, especially if NF & GO Transit are serious about getting the GT&HA into the Falls... From GO Train, to LRT to The Strip via Downtown Niagara Falls' "Arts District" ;)
 
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interesting article, thanks for the link Adma. A couple of jealous Americans felt inspired to comment contrary to the article.
 

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Interesting Niagara Falls article!

Adma: Good link and good read!
It has always amazed me how these twin cities can be so different sometimes...LI MIKE
 
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interesting article, thanks for the link Adma. A couple of jealous Americans felt inspired to comment contrary to the article.

I saw that too LOL, They must love living in a ghost town. I visited NF NY a few weeks back on Monday evening, i was have having dinner at the Seneca Casino, The customs officer sure had a surprised look on his face when i told him i was going to Niagara Falls NY for dinner, probably something he has never heard before :p, After dinner we made the mistake of driving around the downtown while it was dark out, it was pretty scary! i have never seen so many run down buildings and empty houses in my life, Also some pretty shady looking characters were wondering around these lifeless streets, i felt like i was in a horror movie :eek: I don't recommend anyone walk around that place at night, It was nice to get back to the Canadian side where there was thousands of people walking all over Clifton Hill and down by the falls, i was so surprised how busy it was for a Monday night!

And yes the Wintergarden was demolished :mad: Just what that city needs more vacant land
 

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NF NY put an effort in a couple of years ago, an artists street fair; wasn't well attended.
 

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Following the river is pretty scenic. Most of the interesting sites are between Niagara Falls and Lake Ontario (Queenston Heights, botanical garden, etc.).

If you have never done it, hiking the gorge (river level below the falls) is nice. There is a staircase that leads down from the canyon edge by the botanical gardens.

In Fort Erie there is the eponymous fort on Lake Erie. There is also a conservation area in Stevensville part way between NF and FE.
 
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Truly a shame that there is not enough to keep this part of town alive.......We were there maybe 6 years ago and found a BBQ place and it was pretty good...Not sure of the name or even if it is still in business. But a lot of history here......
 

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