Niagara Gazette


September 2, 2007

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



The real challenge is creating a game plan to combat the problems.

“I think what we need is to have the cooperation of everyone, from city officials to business owners and operators to USA Niagara to the NTCC to the Seneca Nation, to come together and share some of the responsibility and decision making in making Niagara Falls more attractive to tourists,” Bradberry said.

However, he’s not gullible enough to believe a bunch of suits talking at a meeting is going to fix everything. Things like increased police presence in downtown areas, more city inspectors making sure vendors and businesses are complying to code and a steady stream of qualified workers cleaning up the areas are sorely needed, he said.

Simply put, it’s going to take a lot more money than the city is spending now.

“It will require a reallocation of resources and dollars,” Bradberry said, adding that hasn’t happened yet due to “bureaucratic inertia.”

Genova agrees more funding is the key to solving many of the problems hurting the city’s tourism industry.

“We want everything fixed and done and we want that to happen by tomorrow, but the money is not there,” he said.

In lieu of a larger budget, both Bradberry and Genova agree the city’s stakeholders, including residents, can help out on a daily basis, just by picking up their trash or pulling the occasional weed from the ground.

“I think we can all figure out a way to not just make things acceptable, but amazing,” Bradberry said.

Contact reporter Rick Forgione

at 282-2311, ext. 2257.

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