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    Decline and falls: an American city in crisis

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    From The Telegraph:

    In the Fifties, Niagara Falls was known as the “Honeymoon Capital of the World” as young newlyweds, attracted by the romance of the city, flocked to the banks of the Horseshoe falls.

    More than 50 years on, the honeymoon is well and truly over.

    The world’s most famous waterfalls continue to attract millions of visitors every year, but the American city that bears the same name has a problem.

    How Niagara Falls earned the title of Honeymoon Capital

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    From the Niagara Falls Review:

    With Valentine’s Day fast approaching, it’s an appropriate time to recall Niagara Falls’ lengthy and prominent role in the world of love and romance — a role especially renowned due to the city’s fame as a honeymoon destination.

    The tradition of newlyweds coming to Niagara began, it appears, in the late 1830s. One piece of evidence to support this dating is a popular song of 1841.

    The first verse goes like this:

    Oh the lovers come a thousand miles,

    They leave their home and mother;

    Yet when they reach Niagara Falls,

    They only see each other.

    By the 1880s a honeymoon at Niagara Falls was a firmly established custom that continued to grow, reaching a peak in popularity between the 1920s and the 1950s. For many, Niagara Falls is still the Honeymoon Capital.

    Falling for Niagara Falls in a big way

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    From Canada.com:

    Like Disneyland, Drumheller and a drive across Canada, Niagara Falls is one of those vacations on the familial bucket list.

    Renowned for a century as the “Honeymoon Capital of the World,” Niagara Falls is today built for families, offering accommodations, attractions and package deals much more in tune with nuclear families than newlyweds. Sure, you’ll still catch sight of dewy-eyed, drenched lovebirds cooing to one another on the Maid of the Mist bow, but more often than not they’ll be surrounded by screaming and soaked kids and parents.

    William and Kate welcome in the Falls

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    From the Niagara Falls Review:

    The Honeymoon Capital wants to roll out the red carpet for Prince William and Kate Middleton after they tie the knot in April.

    Niagara Falls city hall plans to send a follow-up invitation to one it sent to the future king in December now that it appears certain the newlyweds will honeymoon in Canada, says Mayor Jim Diodati.

    “I can’t imagine they would come here on their honeymoon and not come to… the Honeymoon Capital,” the mayor said during Monday’s council meeting, the same day a British paper reported Canada will be the destination of newlyweds’ first international trip.

    Residents fell in love with Niagara Falls

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    From the Simcoe Reformer:

    When people got married in the 1940s and ’50s, their honeymoon was far more humble than the post-ceremony vacations today’s newlyweds take.

    There were no Mexican or Caribbean resorts or flying out west to see the mountains. Holiday entitlements were different then. It wasn’t unusual to be married on a weekend and be back at work on the Monday. Typically, you looked for something close by and quick.

    For people in Norfolk County, Niagara Falls became the likely destination for that first night of holy matrimony.

    As a result, our area has a special relationship with the “Falls,” which is home to a wondrous natural phenomenon — Lake Erie emptying into Lake Ontario off a cliff — and a centre of unbridled commercialism: wax museums, souvenir shops, casinos, and hotels.

    Lovers take fresh look at Niagara Falls

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    From CNN Travel:

    Amy and David Wieller got married right around the time one of television’s favorite onscreen couples did, but they have something else in common with Jim and Pam from “The Office”: They had a great time celebrating their love at Niagara Falls.

    Often considered a cliché — the region was made so popular by hordes of newlyweds in the 1950s and ’60s that it proclaimed itself the “honeymoon capital of the world” — Niagara Falls is getting a fresh look from modern lovers discovering its beauty and having fun with its retro image.

    “We just had a ball,” said Amy Wieller, recalling her Niagara honeymoon last September. “You kind of feel like a kid when you’re back there… [and] that view — you can’t not be romantic there.”

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