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August 7, 2013

BRADBERRY: Mirror, mirror on the wall are we next to rise, or fall?

Column by Bill Bradberry —

I must have received at least a half-dozen copies of Monday’s Detroit Free Press Columnist Nancy Kaffer’s critical article, “Post-bankruptcy, what does Detroit want to be?” (freep.com) before I had time to read it yesterday.

I agree with the comment, “… replace Detroit with Niagara Falls” that one sender attached to the link that took me to the prophetic column.

Some of my best friends, business associates and family members, including those who have scattered to other corners of the world, but who know my deep and abiding affection for my beloved hometown wanted to make sure that I read the piece, some in order to bolster their case that I should give up and simply walk away, that Niagara Falls is a lost cause with no future, and no hope.

Others suppose that I might glean some supporting evidence from Ms. Kaffer’s observations, that there is still time, still hope; that if Detroit can dig their way out of their situation, so can we.

Well, naturally, I concur with the later; we will find our way once we accept who we are and decide what we want to be; a position I have personally found myself in more than once in my lifetime, forcing me to start all over from scratch with nothing more than an idea, all of my worldly possessions gone; it can be terrifying, but it can also be quite liberating.

The question, not new to me and the dozens who have been asking it for the past decade or more has been beautifully framed by a good friend, a Niagaran now living out west near San Francisco in Half Moon Bay, California.

David Hodge and Hi-Jin Kang Hodge’s just published 170-page “Niagara Falling: A Pictorial Essay of the City of Niagara Falls” (available through The Book Corner, 1801 Main Street, Niagara Falls, NY) and an electronic version (hodgearts.com) containing nine videos, both offering “a beautiful and poignant encounter with the falls. It celebrates the natural wonder, contrasts it with the nearby city of Niagara Falls, New York, and considers the future of both”.

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