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March 10, 2013

Breathing new life into Main Street topic of discussion during Saturday symposium

Breathing new life into Main Street discussed during Saturday symposium


Niagara Gazette — “The historic fabric sits here,” Radle said.

Gloria Manthos, 29, recently moved to Niagara Falls from Arlington, Texas.

She attended the event and said she saw great potential in the discussions she was a part of throughout the day.

“It’s the ability to take something that’s already been created and transform it,” she said.

Manthos, an environmental science student, said she had not experienced such an intellectually stimulating event since attending a costly seminar on horticulture.

“We need to unite under the fact that we are residents,” Manthos said.

Tom Lowe and Matt Green, the two young city dwellers who organized the event, thought it was a great success.

Green said he was particularly happy with the large turnout, especially the far reach that the event had with people, both young and old, coming from throughout the region.

“From this we really just hope to get some actionable goals, as far as where everyone’s interest lies,” he said.

Lowe said he was glad that things stayed positive throughout the day.

“For four hours of community meetings in Niagara Falls in keeping people positive for that long, I think there was only one instance (of negativity),” Lowe said. “I think that says a lot.”

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