Niagara Gazette

Tourism

September 2, 2007

TOURISM: As the season draws to close, Niagara Falls officials are left wondering what needs fixing

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NIAGARA FALLS —

Another state project that Bradberry feels could use some upgrades is the traffic roundabout at the corner of Rainbow Boulevard and First Street. While he likes the addition, he feels something other than a tree could have been installed as the roundabout’s centerpiece.

“Why not put a decorative fountain there and make it a landmark,” he said. “It’s all about giving visitors more to see while they’re here.”



The city’s own ‘Berlin Wall’

One thing Bradberry wishes residents and tourists could see less of is the near-vacant Rainbow Centre Mall which, along with the old Wintergarden facility, splits up the East and West pedestrian mall walkthroughs.

“I refer to it as our Berlin Wall,” Bradberry said, forcing a laugh. “It blocks people’s view on either side of it. Visitors have no idea the assets we have on the other side.”

If Bradberry had his way, he’d have the mall knocked down and replaced by some type of development that would feature indoor activities, but also provide a public walkthrough to reconnect the two pedestrian malls and the entrance to the Niagara Falls State Park.

In the meantime, he laments that the mall’s owners, Cordish Development, need to do a better job making the property more attractive. He noted areas where old, damaged garbage cans are being used to collect trash and broken windows are replaced with plywood.

Bradberry wasn’t just picking on Cordish. The vacant Turtle building owned by Niagara Falls Redevelopment has become a “nesting place for pigeons”; unnecessary clutter in the form of wooden crates sit outside Anderson’s Family Fun Center; and portions of Frank Parlato’s One Niagara Building remains unsightly, including mounds of dirt at the building’s west side and weeds growing through the cracks in the sidewalks, which is Bradberry’s personal pet-peeve.

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