From the Niagara Gazette:
The “bottom-up,” “community first” approach to development and redevelopment has been all the rage in recent years.
It seems, after decades of essentially telling the people what’s best for them, public officials and entities finally figured out that there are advantages to getting what they like to call “community buy-in” before moving forward with a project.
There’s nothing worse than rolling something out only to face stiff opposition.
Poor early reviews tend to linger and can plague a project through completion and beyond.
That’s why it’s hard to blame people in the Niagara Falls area who have been scratching their heads over Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s recent announcement about plans to build a lodge on Goat Island.