Niagara Gazette — Since he submitted his plan nearly 100 years ago, dozens if not hundreds of other plans have come and gone. Some still sit in the dark closets at City Hall, collecting dust, being eaten by the mites, ignored, forgotten, abandoned. In some cases, that was for the best.
But what we need in Niagara Falls goes beyond a plan. We need a vision, a common view of who we are and what we stand for. There is plenty of room in a good vision for everybody to pitch in and buy into a piece of the whole.
Once we know what that is, we need to have the strength and determination to follow through. We don’t necessarily need any more plans right now; we need a dream that we can all share and work toward together to achieve.
Imagine the constant parades of giant airbuses, each one bringing hundreds of visitors to the Niagara Falls International Airport from all over the world to enjoy a week of cultural delights, evenings of jazz at the falls, opera and ballet at the Niagara Center For the Performing Arts, a Broadway play at the new full-production theater overlooking the upper river where toxic chemicals once poured freely into the water.
Under an agreement between the State Department and the State of New York, the United Nations has set up an adjunct meeting facility at Beaver Island. Hundreds of UN delegates from all of the represented countries are housed there and host meetings and conferences on International Peace Initiatives.
Working feverishly to keep up the last minute refinements squeezed in by the Japanese architects, the sub-contractors, carpenters, electricians, plumbers and masons are scrambling across town to complete the finishing touches on the new high-speed rail system that links the rest of the world to Niagara Falls. Impatient tourists, eager to spend their vacation bonuses, ride the elegant bullet trains in style and comfort from New York City, Albany, Montreal and Toronto, and pack the casinos, night clubs and the brand new Disney Winter Wonderland complex.