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January 30, 2013

Higgins eyes change

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Niagara Gazette — "My sense is you don't want to be Niagara Falls, Canada," Higgins said. "What you want to do is something that attracts the people that visit Niagara Falls, Canada each year." 

While he acknowledged the turnaround won't be easy, he said he's been in talks with several regional developers in an effort to get them to take a second look at Niagara Falls - a city that, for various reasons, has developed an unfortunate reputation for choking off business. Higgins specifically referenced Rocco Termini, a developer who recently undertook an ambitious plan to renovate the Lafayette Hotel in Buffalo. Higgins said he'd like to help reshape the image of Niagara Falls the way he's helped with plans to reshape Buffalo's waterfront.

Much like Buffalo, Higgins said Niagara Falls suffers from having been beaten down for years and it has contributed to a sense among the residents that nothing is going to change. As is the case with the Buffalo waterfront, Higgins said it is up to the community's leaders to convince everyone that real change is possible.

"I can't guarantee outcome, but I can guarantee effort," he said. 

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