Niagara Gazette


October 15, 2012

HIGGS: Wait! There's more to cheer about


Niagara Gazette — Some may not appreciate the demolition of the Wintergarden but frankly, it was time to open the street to tourism and activities for locals as well.

Now we need to admit that we need to provide for the youth of today who will be the strength of tomorrow. We can start again to educate them downtown with the new Culinary Institute and we can add to that with hospitality and other programs.

Perhaps these visitors from the Urban Land Institute who have provided responsible use of land in other areas can do the same for us. They do it through research, sharing of best practices, organizing and conducting meetings and they publish books and magazines on the subject. They review background material, conduct stakeholder interviews and consider data to frame issues and write recommendations. They have been doing this since 1947 and conduct 15-20 panels a year on land use subjects. They are candid and provide independent advice on this and other real estate issues. They are volunteers from various professional backgrounds and have no personal gains in the outcome. A final report will be available sometime in November.

Cheerleading is more than a sport — it’s an attitude. Rah! Rah!

Norma Higgs serves with the Niagara Beautification Commission and Niagara Falls Block Club Council.

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