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January 1, 2014

BRADBERRY: New year, new attitude, new possibilities

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Niagara Gazette — So, in the words of one of my favorite childhood summer camp songs, “here we sit, like birds in the wilderness, waiting for something to eat,” repeatedly raising our hopes, only to have them dashed again.

But, like LaBelle’s character, something significant is happening which, in spite of everything else working to the contrary, may give us some real hope this time around, “a new attitude”.

She bellows: “Somehow the wires uncrossed, my tables were turned, never knew I had such a lesson to learn.”

Her character boasts about wearing new clothes, a new hat, “Brand new ideas, as a matter of fact, I’ve changed for good ...”

She blames the change in attitude on “the cold nights, new moon”. I’m not sure who deserves the blame, or the credit in our case, but one thing seems sure: Niagara Falls has a New Attitude and it’s palpable. Can’t you feel it?

Clearly, with a new attitude, we will see things for what they can be, not just what they once were, or are now, we should be able to see now, for example that:

• The Absolutely Ridiculous Parkway Around the City (ARPAC) should be totally removed. Stop the nonsense; get rid of it, not just to Findlay Drive, but all the way to the City line, for starters. In addition to firing up some little used heavy duty construction equipment, we could employ hundreds of locally unemployed folk many of whom might be glad to help dig it up and return it to nature by hand with pick axes, shovels and wheel barrels, the same way many of the hiking trails and beautiful stairways were constructed for the same reason by the CCC during the Depression.

• Urban Renewal. Reverse the damage by motivating the locally owned and operated enterprises that were chased off Falls Street to come back and accommodating them. We figured out how to get rid of them, now figure out how to bring them back home.

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