Niagara Gazette — “I’m feelin’ good from my hat to my shoe
Know where I’m goin’ and I know what to do
I tidied it up my point of view
I got a new attitude.”
— Patti LaBelle, 1985
Written by Sharon Teresa Robinson, Jon Gilutin and Bunny Hull, Patti LaBelle’s chart-topping hit dance anthem “New Attitude” helped set the fast pace for Eddie Murphy’s pulse pounding action comedy “Beverly Hills Cop” soundtrack pushing both the song and the movie into the record book stratosphere, giving Niagara Falls the perfect theme song for the new year, 2014.
The opening lines to her song aptly describe the epic story of a frustrated woman who has changed her perspective on life “both emotionally and physically” after unsuccessfully struggling to win against the rigors of life’s seemingly insurmountable challenges.
Like Niagara Falls, LaBelle’s character, desperately seeking love and happiness tries everything; from one failed romantic great idea to another ill-fated prospect, nothing quite working, her expectations soaring to extreme heights before being unceremoniously dashed by one depressingly miserable failure after another, she laments:
“Runnin’ hot, runnin’ cold
I was runnin’ into overload, it was extreme
I took it so high, so low
So low, there was nowhere to go like a bad dream
With no desire to stir up any more hard feelings and ill-will amongst friends by pointing fingers and assigning blame, let’s consider a few of our own disappointments which, in retrospect may have led some of us to develop something less than a good attitude about our current state of affairs and that ever-present lurking potential demise of our otherwise promising future:
• The Absolutely Ridiculous Parkway Around the City (ARPAC): Allowing Robert Moses to get away with virtually strangling the city of Niagara Falls to death by constructing a fake “parkway” that feeds nearly 100 percent of arriving vehicular tourist-traffic directly to state owned parking lots and to Canada, may not have been the best way to enhance or grow our local economy; instead, it totally destabilized our functioning, successful commercial retail corridors, especially Falls Street, eventually choking Main Street to death, leading to what will certainly result in our own premature demise several thousands of years before the Falls recedes to a trickle in Buffalo’s Black Rock.