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September 24, 2012

Urban Land Institute taking hard look at Rainbow Centre

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Niagara Gazette — The mayor said that the building was designed at a time when planners and developers thought about the automobile before the pedestrian. There are street-level windows shutting the building off from the street.

"Whatever it is that happens inside there, it needs to be much more visible from the outside and the outside needs to be more visible from the inside," Dyster said. "It needs to have a much more light and airy feeling and become much more a part of the city."

The Urban Land Institute's Niagara Falls panel consists of an all-volunteer group of nine professionals in design, real estate and government. Panel members are expected to release their recommendations about future uses for the Rainbow Mall property on Friday. 

Dyster said that the completion of the culinary institute is proof that downtown can be revitalized.

"The day that I took office the revamping of the massive space in the Rainbow Mall seemed impossible," he said. "Now it doesn't."

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