Kudos to Erie and Niagara County officials for sitting on their hands and watching as Niagara Falls, Ontario, announces another major economic project. While the Canadians continue to bolster their economy, Western New York has had to endure debates and infighting over the Peace Bridge, Buffalo Zoo, Convention Center, waterfront development and Erie Canal ruins. The only ones deriving any benefits are the consultants who are doing the same studies over and over again.
Isn't it ironic that while the Canadians were announcing their casino/convention center project, Buffalo was hosting a conference on heritage tourism? The conference discussed how the area could develop a 1900s-era attraction focusing on a piece of wall undearthed during what was, finally, supposed to be the beginning of waterfront development. While the rest of the world is progressing forward, we are looking backward and trying to rebuild a site from the early 19th century. It's the legacy of this area - there are no visionaries, just the status-quo mentality.
Well, folks, it's the 21st century, not the 1800s. We're in the midst of a global economy, technology and interactive, multimedia entertainment. If our leaders don't start making the hard decisions now and begin our resurgence, we might as well bulldoze Buffalo and Niagara Falls and offer it to the Canadians as auxiliary parking for the casino and their other attractions.
REINHARDT W. WENDE JR.