Niagara Gazette — But that does not mean that we like it; we absolutely do not; we’ve been swimming upstream for a long time, long enough trying to catch a break, and it looks like we may have finally caught one, a little one that could begin to move us from the brink disaster toward the verge of the greatness that this “City in the Park” deserves.
Like it, or hate it, the deal struck earlier this week to move forward with the new hotel is a small step in the right direction, one which should quickly be followed by another, and another; small steps can put a lot of distance between where we were, and where we are headed.
Our Comprehensive Plan is our road map; if we stick close to it, we might inch our way toward our destination. It would be wise to remember that the Plan addresses not only the central business and tourism districts, but industry and manufacturing and our diverse neighborhoods as well.
We might also have learned along the way that it might be a good idea to invest some of our new found solvency into the broadening and strengthening our economic development team; good developers prefer to avoid the uncertainty of politics in favor of the relative predictability of the markets and good, clean, efficient, transparent governance.
And there is, of course the all-important role of the electorate, the voting residents whose will must always be respected over pretentions of protecting them.
Unlike the national view as reflected by the polls, Niagarans are expressing confidence in their city if the level of active participation in local events is any measure of strength; take a gander at a few of the events that will be happening here over the next week, especially at the Conference & Event Center on Old Falls Street and around town: