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NIAGARA FALLS – Some graduate students will be presenting a vision for creating economic development in the city’s North End.

Students from the University at Buffalo’s School of Architecture and Planning will offer to the public the results of a semester-long study of Main Street and the Niagara Gorge at 6 p.m. Wednesday in Council Chambers in City Hall, 745 Main St.

Students were led by professor Hiro Hata, and worked with TM Montante Development, Wendel Architects and Engineers, the state parks office and the city’s Department of Planning on the project.

They looked at the complex planning and design issues related to redevelopment of the gorge and Main Street corridor, as well as “the impediments that have prevented Niagara Falls from optimizing on it’s international and scenic opportunities.” The master plan focuses on extending tourist activity from the Rainbow Bridge to the Whirlpool Bridge, the consequences of removing the Robert Moses Parkway, what concepts might generate investment in the proposed cultural district along Main and Whirlpool Streets, as well as the new train station.

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