Hi I am Michelle Siu (@michellewsiu). I’m a documentary photographer and I am sharing a diptych project called “The Forgotten Dream” that I am grateful to have produced with a grant from The Economic Hardship Reporting Project (@economichardship) to document Niagara Falls, New York. Thanks for following along.
There are a series of photos that documents a bit of how Niagara Falls, USA has struggled. I wasn’t terribly impressed with the photos or their captions. I don’t think they shed any light on much of what has happened there.
From the Tennessean (including photos):
My first impression of Canada is that it’s flashy.”
These were the words of my 12-year-old son crossing the bridge from New York to Niagara Falls, Ontario. This impression will prove short-lived for him and his two brothers, but if you make this journey at night, you can’t miss the urgent neon of the town’s casinos and resorts.
No, guys, those aren’t the Northern Lights.
Just as there are two major waterfalls in Niagara Falls (American Falls on the U.S. side and Canada’s Horseshoe Falls), there are two Niagara Falls communities, one on either side of the border.
From the Stillwater New Press:
Spectacular Niagra Falls is a case study on international cooperation and agreement between two nations.
Of course, those two countries are Canada, and our good ol’ U.S. of A.
As the mighty Niagra River flows from the Great Lakes of Erie to Ontario, the incredible falls are created. The title Niagra Falls is actually a collective name for three separate waterfalls in the same general area. American Falls and Bridal Veil Falls are both located in New York state on the U.S. side, while massive Horseshoe Falls is located almost entirely in the Canadian province of Ontario. Even with two huge countries involved, both governments have interacted with each other on excellent terms over many, many years, and there is no reason to believe this mutual cooperation will not continue well into the future.
From WIVB Channel 4 in Buffalo:
“If we spend it now and it’s not there and this thing lasts for quite some time it can cause a lot of problems,” said Andrew Touma, Niagara Falls City Councilman.
Touma is calling for a 90-day moratorium on casino revenue spending following the Seneca Nation’s announcement to discontinue payments to the state.
“We collect about $16 million a year and of that money around $11 or $12 million per year is used in the general budget. Just to cover expenses in the general budget and then we use other monies for capital projects,” said Touma.
From the Niagara Gazette:
Since Franciscan monk and explorer Louis Hennepin became the first European to encounter the “Falls at Niagara” in 1658 we could call him the first “tourist,” but let’s start in the early 19th century. We will begin around the time of the construction of the Erie Canal on July 4, 1817 in Rome, New York, which opened the door to travel (and commerce) across the state of New York. Read More…
From WIVB channel 4 in Buffalo:
In Niagara Falls, historians and members of the community are working together to uncover the hidden history of the Underground Railroad in the Cataract City. Read More…