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What’s next for Niagara Falls’ Downtown BIA?

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From Niagara This Week:

Some members of the Downtown BIA who had concerns over how the business organization is being run are taking a wait-and-see approach as to what comes next.

And, despite the resignation of board chair Julio Batres-Gavidia, Lisa Thomas, a Queen Street business owner and member of the BIA board who went to the media with concerns over how the organization is being run, said she remains “skeptical” as to whether there would be change.

Trivia on Niagara Falls’ past

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(a little late, but still interesting)

From the Niagara Falls Review:

Here for your Family Day weekend reading pleasure are some bits and pieces from Niagara Falls’ fascinating past.

1. Back in 1898 you could stay at the “newly remodelled” Windsor Hotel on Bridge St. for $1.50 to $2 a day.

2. A century ago you could spend an evening playing billiards or bowling a few games in the basement of the McClive Block, a three storey building that still stands on Queen St. opposite city hall.

3. The history of Simcoe Street School dates to 1857. The school’s first teacher, C.F. Secord, was paid an annual salary of $450. He was required to pay $60 a year for living quarters at the school’s whether he used it or not.

Note: the list goes up to 12

Festival stretched an extra three weeks

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From the Niagara Falls Review:

The 28th annual CAA Winter Festival of Lights will be brighter, larger and most definitely longer.

This year’s event will stretch an extra three weeks, running Nov. 6 to Jan. 31 to accommodate holiday-weary visitors who don’t have time to visit during the Christmas rush.

In addition, the festival’s scenic route along the Niagara Parkway will now extend down to Queen St. with a new district called Santa’s Village. In addition to the 125 light displays and three million individual lights, it makes this Canada’s largest lights festival, and among the largest in North America.

Free parking, festivals for downtown

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From the Niagara Falls Review:

Two-hour free parking and 10 weeks of weekend festivals are the keys to this summer’s plan to generate activity in downtown Niagara Falls.

The Downtown Business Improvement Area board asked city council to use $250,000 of city money to help it run special events this summer, to cover the cost of free parking along Queen St., and to install fibre optic cable.

That money should come from the $940,000 in a reserve fund that was earmarked for the city’s Community Improvement Plan, a program created to fund beautification projects and a program of grants and loans aimed at getting property owners to improve the appearance of their buildings.

AC/DC Highway To Hell – Amore Pizza, Casino Niagara, Marineland Canada

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Someone with a WordPress blog posted about a recent trip to Niagara Falls:

We went for a drive, out to lunch then dinner in Niagara Falls, Ontario. They have revitalized the Queen Street area and Amore Pizza is there. Gorgeous, colorful decor, excellent gourmet pizza at a very reasonably (low) price!

I could just go sit there and write all day if they would let me. I wish all cafes were as colorful and artistic as this place. Queen St is easy to reach from the Niagara Parkway (a few minutes from the falls) or from Victoria Ave (Clifton Hill, near the falls – The Casino) . Lots of great things to do here any day of the week.

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