Blogging to rescue Falls from its declineF

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    From the Buffalo News:

    Over the years, Daniel Davis grew increasingly disturbed and perplexed by the cycle of failed and displaced development initiatives, the flight of industry and the overall economic malaise that inevitably brought his hometown, brimming with so much potential, to its knees.

    But family and career responsibilities left him no time for civic involvement.

    “I worked and raised a family, like everybody else,” he said. “I really didn’t have time.”

    That was until he retired. With his free time and the city’s persistent decline, Davis, now 67, took his gripes and potential solutions— targeting mainly the Robert Moses Parkway and the drab and listless downtown —to the Web.

    First, he created a Yahoo Groups page, “Niagara Causes,” but it attracted only four members, so then in 2009 he started a blog called the “Niagara Community Forum,” at niagaraforum., a more comprehensive and successful effort, with about 14,000 visitors since last April.

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