FIXING THE FALLS: Inspiration is right across the border
From the Niagara Gazette:
Credit the idea for this week’s Sunday centerpiece to Frank Croisdale, founder of the group Niagara Rises.
I was chatting with him about our plans for the ongoing series on economic development when he mentioned Queen Street in Niagara Falls, Ont.
Frank described it as a street not unlike, say, Main Street, in Niagara Falls, N.Y. The strip had lost a lot of its luster and had more empty storefronts than filled ones.
As Frank told it, some people came along with an idea to rebuild Queen Street’s vitality by, well, basically giving away some of the empty space.