Niagara Gazette


May 8, 2013

DELUCA: Zaika's blooms as downtown begins its blossom


Niagara Gazette —

When I ran over to Zakia’s Tuesday to get some takeout from the buffet, volunteers from the Niagara Falls Beautification Commission were placing a dozen giant flower containers on Third Street, which they are moving over from the small park they also maintain near the Rainbow Bridge.  

Third Street is beginning to bud. Downtown is beginning to bloom. 

Change comes slowly in this city — like the turning of a giant ship. Some of it is due to government funding which, like green bait, draws those with the energy to take a chance. But, much of it is from the pockets of business people who live in this city and who have courageously jumped into the water, tired of waiting for the ship.

Chris Schoepflin, president of USA Niagara, tells me that each neighborhood in downtown is getting fortified. Embraced by the coming changes in the Robert Moses, south and north, the area is getting about $150 million in mostly private investment lured by public funds. The Historic District on Buffalo Avenue will draw more quant bed and breakfasts, new hotels are coming, even the Aquarium of Niagara is getting attention soon.  

And we all get another good restaurant in a city that is in desperate need of many, many more.

Michele DeLuca, features editor at the Niagara Gazette, can be reached at 282-2311, ext. 2263.




Michele DeLuca, features editor at the Niagara Gazette, can be reached at 282-2311, ext. 2263.

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