You'd think Niagara Falls, New York, would do pretty well from the standpoint of tourism-based revitalization.
Granted, the region had once been very successful industrially, but as the U.S.'s manufacturing base has declined--especially in upstate New York--many once successful cities struggle mightily to achieve a new way forward. Typically, cities with universities or tourist attractions are able to right themselves.
Niagara Falls, New York is an exception, even as Niagara Falls, Ontario
--which didn't attempt an urban renewal-based revitalization program--continues to succeed, and yields the majority of tourist related economic development deriving from the Falls.
has an article about the failure of Niagara Falls, New York, which leveled its downtown and its historic buildings in favor of "The Fall of Niagara Falls
," while a few years ago, USA Today
ran a story, "In Ontario, new reasons to fall for Niagara
" on the success of Niagara Falls, Ontario. From the article:"The Casino Niagara was the catalyst for a lot of the development you see going on now," Buckley says. In 1995, approximately 8 million tourists visited the region. Last year, that number reached 12 million to 13 million. Casino Niagara's draw last year? About 6.4 million, in what officials say was a down year.
The number of tourists may grow more than twofold to 30 million by 2016, predicts Joe Cordiano, Economic Development and Trade Minister for the province of Ontario. Not surprisingly, Niagara Fallsview Casino and Resort is driving such expectations.
All those tourists, and many crossing through Niagara Falls, New York "to get to the other side." Note that DC tourism numbers are comparable to that of Niagara Falls, Ontario
This old postcard looking across to the American side of Niagara Falls shows a once bustling city.
Labels: building a local economy, cultural heritage/tourism, cultural planning, economic development, tourism