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April 9, 2014

BRADBERRY: Say it with me -- this land is your land ...

Niagara Gazette — While we fret about where to place his statue, from beyond the site where he lay in faraway Belgrade, Serbia, Nikola Tesla is now providing the state park and the city of Niagara Falls with an opportunity to develop and coordinate some comprehensive planning for the long-term benefit of BOTH by forcing them to work out an agreement to relocate the statue where it belongs; according to some, with the last remaining original physical vestige of his actual presence here.

The old Adams Plant building on Buffalo Avenue could be restored and developed into a world-class testament to his work and serve as host to the nine foot tall bronze statue which would welcome millions of visitors who would flock to see it and learn the amazing stories behind the history of the development and distribution of hydro-power.

Indeed, the growing controversy over what to do with Tesla is opening the window of opportunity to dream, but perhaps as important, to ACT!

But before we do anything to poor Tesla (both he and Tubman, to name a few, deserve serious attention here), we might afford ourselves a moment to envision a possible future for ourselves, mindful of the admonition that, “Where there is no vision, the people perish; but he that keepeth the law, happy is he.” -- Prov. 29:18.

This is not our first time around this issue.

Somewhere around December 15, 1917, John Nolen, City Planner, Cambridge, Mass., submitted a “Preliminary Plan” to the City of Niagara Falls. His, like many others that followed over the years since then, was an attempt to develop a plan for the orderly development of our great city.

Nolen began his plan with an identification of problems. He noted that “the City of Niagara Falls is at present greatly handicapped in its efforts to obtain an orderly and attractive development by the unfavorable existing conditions, which interfere seriously with its success as a resort, its efficiency as an industrial city, the stability of its property values, and with the growth and increase in wealth of its population.”

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