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Old August 17th, 2006, 06:30 AM   #121
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No surprise here, but the Topple Tower @ Marineland will not be finished this season. LOL


2006/2007 - Topple Tower - (7/31/06) As you can see by the photos a reader sent in, very little progress has been made on the new Topple Tower which pretty much secures that it wont open until 2007 in my mind:
http://www.screamscape.com/html/marineland.htm

while we are at it, when will the world's largest aquarium complex be completed ?

http://www.marinelandcanada.com/attr...edevelopments/
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PUBLIC HEARING on August 22 @ 5pm
(consent to create a separate lot for Tourist/commercial use)


This is in the parcel of land directly across from the McDonald's on Mcleod Rd. The sign is located on Oakwood Dr. There is also a sign at the end of Oakwood, where a storage facility is located regarding land beside them for development.
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Index

The City’s Scope 1
Age Characteristics 2
Legal Marital Status 5
Visible Minority Groups 7
Mode of Transit to Work 9
Experienced Labour Force 10
Educational Attainment 12
Earnings 13
Religion 14
Tourism’s Impact on Niagara Falls 15
Restoring the Downtown 16
Restructuring 17
Housing 17
City-Wide Community Improvement Plan on Brownfields 18
Conclusion 19
Works Cited 20




The City’s Scope
The Regional Municipality of Niagara is situated in Southern Ontario, located between Lake Erie and Lake Ontario as seen in figure 1. It is boarded by the U.S.A to the east and is only a 2-hour drive from Toronto, the largest city in Canada. This region is 1863 sq km with a population of 410,574 comprising of 3.6% of Ontario’s population and 0.21% of Ontario’s land mass (www.statscan.ca). The City of Niagara Falls is located along the western shore of the Niagara River, which separates Canada from the U.S.A and it flows north from Lake Erie to Lake Ontario.
Figure 1 (www.statscan.ca October 19, 2004)
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Region
Census Division limits
Roads

The City of Niagara Falls has 19% of the region’s population. The City of Niagara Falls is made up of nearly 79,000 people increasing at a rate of 2.5% from 1996 to 2001, compared to the 1.8% growth that Niagara Regional Municipality experienced, and the average of 1.1% growth during the same time period that occurred in the suburban ring that surrounds The City of Niagara Falls. The City of Niagara Falls has 18.9% of the total private dwellings within the region, yet only occupying 11.2% of the region’s land judged against the suburban ring, which has 81% of the dwellings and 88.8% of the land. The population density per square kilometer is drastic between the city and region; a location quotient of 1.7 for the city is compared to the region with the suburban land being less dense with a location quotient of 0.297.

Niagara Falls Suburban Ring Niagara Regional Municipality
Population in 2001 (1) 78,815 331,759 410,574
Population in 1996 (2) 76,917 326,587 403,504
1996 to 2001 population change (%) 2.5 1.1 1.8
Total private dwellings 32,447 138,429 170,876
Population density per square kilometer 375.3 65.5 220.4
Land area (square km) 209.99 1,653.1 1,863.08
Figure 2


Age Characteristics

The differences between The City of Niagara Falls and the suburban ring that surrounds it are outrageously minuscule. The largest difference is within the age group of 55-64 (as noted in figure 3 and illustrated in figure 4), where Niagara Falls has a location quotient of 0.95 and the suburb with a 1.01. It is safe to say that The City of Niagara Falls and the suburban ring are both at par with Niagara Regional Municipality; where the greatest fluctuations of age groups are taking place within the city, even though it is only to a minor degree.





Niagara Falls Suburb Niagara Region
Total Total Location Quotient
Age Characteristics of the Population
Total - All persons 78,815 331,760.0 410,575 Niagara Falls Suburban Ring
Age 0-4 4,130 17,100.0 21,230 1.01 1.00
Age 5-14 10,130 43,545.0 53,675 0.98 1.00
Age 15-19 4,975 21,770.0 26,745 0.97 1.01
Age 20-24 4,550 19,085.0 23,635 1.00 1.00
Age 25-44 22,405 90,590.0 112,995 1.03 0.99
Age 45-54 11,310 47,960.0 59,270 0.99 1.00
Age 55-64 7,885 35,355.0 43,240 0.95 1.01
Age 65-74 7,280 29,890.0 37,170 1.02 1.00
Age 75-84 4,775 20,560.0 25,335 0.98 1.00
Age 85 and over 1,370 5,895.0 7,265 0.98 1.00
Figure 3



Figure 4


When The City of Niagara Falls is grouped together with The City of St. Catharines, a unique image (illustrated in Figure 6) of the city versus the suburb appears. In figure 5 & 6, the two largest cities within the region have a notably large proportion of 20- 24 year olds, as well as the elderly group aged 75 and above. The suburban ring contains a larger amount of young children compared to the two urban counterparts. The figures below are a more realistic split between the urban and rural lands within the region.

Niagara Falls & St.Catharines New Suburban Ring (minus St. Catharines) Niagara Regional Municipality Location Quotient for Niagara Falls & St. Catharines Location Quotient for Suburban Ring
Total
Age Characteristics of the Population
Total Population 207,985 202,590 410,575
0-4 10,735 10,495 21,230 0.99 1.00
5-14 25,670 28,005 53,675 0.94 1.06
15-19 12,930 13,815 26,745 0.95 1.04
20-24 12,730 10,905 23,635 1.06 0.93
25-44 57,770 55,225 112,995 1.01 0.99
45-54 29,590 29,680 59,270 0.98 1.01
55-64 21,870 21,370 43,240 0.99 1.00
65-74 19,120 18,050 37,170 1.01 0.98
75-84 13,630 11,705 25,335 1.06 0.94
85 and over 3,940 3,325 7,265 1.07 0.93
Figure 5


Figure 6

Legal Marital Status

The City of Niagara Falls is noticeably higher than the suburban ring in a comparison of marital status. Niagara Falls has a location quotient of 1.14 for separated and divorced individuals, which could be altered by other cities within the region such as St. Catharines. Niagara Falls also has a lower location quotient of 0.95 for those whom are married within the city. As seen in figure 7, the suburban ring is only higher than the regional average in terms of the proportion of married residents.


Legal Marital Status The City of Niagara Falls Suburban Ring Niagara Regional Municipality Location Quotients
Total - Population 15 years and over 64,555 271,110 335,665 Niagara Falls Suburban Ring
Single 17,970 72,390 90,360 1.03 0.99
Married 33,075 147,975 181,050 0.95 1.01
Separated 2,770 9,895 12,665 1.14 0.97
Divorced 5,305 18,920 24,225 1.14 0.97
Widowed 5,430 21,935.0 27,365 1.03 0.99
Figure 7



Figure 8


When a comparison is made between Niagara with the largest city in the region added to the totals, a much different set of data is presented. Figure 9 & 10, shows the two cities on a more level field with the suburban ring that surrounds the cities. The largest difference is in the divorced category with the city dropping off from its 1.14 location quotient to a location quotient of 1.103 as the suburbs drop from a 0.97 to a 0.892 with the exclusion of St. Catharines (as seen in figure 9 and 10). This shows that St. Catharines does not follow the same pattern as its urban counterpart Niagara Falls does. St. Catharines has a more even rate to the regional average. Thus, the figures 7 and 8, projected above are not being pulled higher by the larger city of St. Catharines.

Legal Marital Status Niagara Falls & St. Catharines Suburban Ring Regional Total Location Quotient for Niagara Falls & St. Catharines Location Quotient for the Suburban Ring
Total - Population 15 years and over 171,580.0 164,085 335,665
Single 48,345.0 42,015 90,360 1.047 0.951
Married 87,695.0 93,355 181,050 0.948 1.055
Separated 6,980.0 5,685 12,665 1.078 0.918
Divorced 13,660.0 10,565 24,225 1.103 0.892
Widowed 14,895.0 12,470 27,365 1.065 0.932
Figure 9

Figure 10



Visible Minority Groups

The City of Niagara Falls fluctuates substantially with its proportion of visible minorities. Proportionately, Niagara Falls has an extremely low amount of West Asians and an incredibly high amount of Filipino’s, while the suburban ring is relatively constant with the regional average except for the low location quotient of 0.76 for Filipino’s due to the higher concentration in Niagara Falls. Figure 12 clearly shows the only visible minority group that The City of Niagara Falls has lower than the suburban ring is of the West Asian ethnicity. Niagara Falls is lower than the regional average for visible minority groups such as Blacks, Latin Americans and West Asians as seen in figure 12.





Visible Minority Status Niagara Falls Pop. Suburban Ring Pop. Niagara Regional Municipality Pop. Location Quotient Niagara Falls L.Q. SuburbanRing
Total population by visible minority groups 78,015 326,575 404,590
Visible minority population 4,270 13,085 17,355 1.28 0.93
Chinese 800 1,980 2,780 1.49 0.88
South Asian 630 1,955 2,585 1.26 0.94
Black 685 3,275 3,960 0.90 1.02
Filipino 490 765 1,255 2.02 0.76
Latin American 255 1,315 1,570 0.84 1.04
Southeast Asian 420 905 1,325 1.64 0.85
Arab 275 915 1,190 1.20 0.95
West Asian 25 270 295 0.44 1.13
Korean 265 680 945 1.45 0.89
Japanese 200 445 645 1.61 0.85
Visible minority 75 230 305 1.28 0.93
Multiple visible minorities 140 365 505 1.44 0.90
All others 73,750 313,485 387,235 0.99 1.00
Figure 11


Figure 12








Mode of Transit to Work

The City of Niagara Falls has a relatively high amount of commuters to work who ride as a passenger. Niagara Falls’ proportion of public transit users, walkers or bicycle riders and other methods getting to work are all higher than the suburban ring and higher than the region’s average, as seen in figure 13 and 14. Only drivers in private automobiles are lower than the suburban ring and the regional average of 1.0, which is not surprising due to the suburbs dependence on the automobile.
With the two largest cities of St. Catharines and Niagara Falls combined to create a more drastic urban to rural split; it is evident in figure 15 that St. Catharines data pulls the location quotient for public transit rider-ship to work well above the regional average, while dropping the suburban ring’s figures to a more representative figure. The rest of the figures become much more balanced with the regional average, demonstrating that the largest city in the region distorts the previous location quotients.


Mode of Transportation to Work Niagara Falls Suburban Ring Niagara Regional Municipality Niagara Falls Suburban Ring
Total -All modes 36,710 147,175.0 183,885
Car, truck, van, as driver 29,925 124,485.0 154,410 0.97 1.01
Car, truck, van, as passenger 3,205 10,155.0 13,360 1.20 0.95
Public transit 795 2,760.0 3,555 1.12 0.97
Walked or bicycled 2,390 8,435.0 10,825 1.11 0.97
Other method 395 1,340.0 1,735 1.14 0.96
Figure 13



Figure 14


Mode of Transportation to Work Niagara Falls & St. Catharines Suburban Ring Niagara Regional Municipality Location Quotient for Niagara Falls & St. Catharines Location Quotient for Suburban Ring
Total -All modes 57,515 126,370 183,885
Car, truck, van, as driver 47,245 107,165 154,410 0.978 1.009
Car, truck, van, as passenger 4,360 9,000 13,360 1.043 0.980
Public transit 1,945 1,610 3,555 1.749 0.659
Walked or bicycled 3,430 7,395 10,825 1.013 0.994
Other method 530 1,205 1,735 0.976 1.010
Figure 15


Experienced Labour Force

The experienced labour force in Niagara Falls is unique, The Regional Municipality of Niagara is:

Made up of 12 unique and distinct local municipalities. Varying from the larger populated cities of St. Catharines and Niagara Falls with their urban intensive features, to Wainfleet and West Lincoln with a more rural or natural area setting. Tourism, industry and farming, not to mention all the natural resources including our vast mineral resources (pits and quarries) and environmental resources (peat and petroleum), all add to Niagara’s economic diversity (http://www.regional.niagara.on.ca/li...n/default.aspx About Niagara. October 19,2004).

Niagara’s economy is further supported by key infrastructure such as The Welland Canal, access to major highways and boarder crossings, a regional airport and extensive rail lines. All have proven their importance to the region and province as a driving force in the economy. (http://www.regional.niagara.on.ca/li...n/default.aspx About Niagara. October 19, 2004). On the whole Niagara Region is often influenced by the unique situations and location that the region is in. Niagara Falls has a low location quotient for a labour force of agriculture, yet the suburban ring is higher than the regional average for a labour force employed in the field. Niagara Falls is exceptionally strong in only two sectors; other service such as tourism and it is also strong in sales and service occupations, while the suburban ring tends to hover around the regional average. Niagara Falls is proportionately low agriculture and occupations unique to primary industry as seen in figures 16 and 17, while the suburban ring is higher where a blue-collar form of work is taking place.
Experienced Labour Force Location Quotients
Niagara Falls Suburban Ring
Agriculture 0.45 1.13
Manufacturing 0.86 1.03
Wholesale and retail trade 0.90 1.02
Finance and real estate 0.90 1.02
Health and education 0.81 1.05
Business services 0.90 1.03
Other services 1.53 0.87
Management occupations 0.92 1.02
Administration occupations 0.92 1.02
Natural and applied sciences 0.81 1.05
Health occupations 0.82 1.04
Social science, education, gov. service and religion 0.80 1.05
Art, culture, recreation and sport 0.80 1.05
Sales and service occupations 1.36 0.91
Trades, transport, equipment operators 0.95 1.01
Unique to primary industry 0.40 1.14
Unique to processing 0.83 1.04
Figure 16

Figure 17

Educational Attainment

The education attainment for The City of Niagara Falls has more people proportionally who have less than high school graduation compared to the region’s average, as seen in figures 18 and 19. Proportionally, the amount of people who do have a postsecondary certificate for Niagara Falls is also higher than the suburb and regional average, while the amount of people comparatively who have trade certificates or university degrees are below the region’s average. The average of people who have college diplomas is relatively equal to the regions average.
From ages 20 – 64 Niagara’s Average Vertical Percentage Suburban Ring’s Average Vertical Percentage Region’s Average Vertical Percentage Location Quotient for Niagara Falls Location Quotient For Suburban Ring
With less than a high school graduation certificate 22.57 18.43 20.50 1.10 0.90
With a high school graduation certificate and/or some postsecondary 32.20 30 31.10 1.04 0.96
With a trades certificate or diploma 12.00 13.34 12.67 0.95 1.05
With a college certificate or diploma 20.23 20.03 20.13 1.001 0.99
With a university certificate, degree 13.00 18.26 15.63 0.83 1.17
Figure 18

Figure 19


Earnings

In figures 20 and 21, the average earnings in The City of Niagara Falls has a location quotient of 0.937 and for full-time workers the location quotient drops to 0.927, while the region’s average earnings for workers with an income is 1.063 and it rises to 1.073 for those that have a full time position, this may be due to industrial blue-collar work in the suburban ring making a higher hourly rate. The City of Niagara Falls has 19.58% of the region’s workers who have earnings and 19.61% of the region’s full-time employees.

Earnings Niagara Falls Suburban Ring Niagara Regional Municipality
All persons with earnings (counts) 42,980 176,505 219,485
Average earnings (all persons with earnings ($)) $28,802 $32,698 $30,750
Worked full year, full time (counts) 23,190 95,065 118,255
Average earnings (worked full year, full time ($)) $39,035 $45,217 $42,126
Figure 20




Earnings Location Quotient for Niagara Falls Location Quotient for the suburban Ring
Average earnings (all persons with earnings ($)) 0.937 1.063
Average earnings (worked full year, full time ($)) 0.927 1.073
Figure 21

Religion

The City of Niagara Falls is proportionally high with its Christian Orthodox, Buddhists, Hindu and Sikh religions and is low in a Jewish and Eastern Religions. Within the suburban ring the only notably low location quotient was for Christian Orthodox, where Niagara Falls captures a larger percentage of the population and its higher than normal with its Jewish and Eastern Religions, both of which have a location Quotient of 1.10 as seen in figure 22 and 23.

Niagara Falls Suburban Ring Niagara Regional Municipality Niagara Falls Suburban Ring
Total Total Total Location Quotient Location Quotient
Religion
Total - Religion 78,015 326,575 404,590
Catholic 32,765 114,595 147,360 1.15 0.96
Protestant 28,715 146,375 175,090 0.85 1.04
Christian Orthodox 2,155 3,560 5,715 1.96 0.77
Christian 1,875 7,895 9,770 1.00 1.00
Muslim 665 2,490 3,155 1.09 0.98
Jewish 120 935 1,055 0.59 1.10
Buddhist 345 905 1,250 1.43 0.90
Hindu 190 585 775 1.27 0.94
Sikh 65 210 275 1.23 0.95
Eastern religions 40 305 345 0.60 1.10
Other religions 70 405 475 0.76 1.06
No religious affiliation 11,005 48,320 59,325 0.96 1.01
Figure 22


Figure 23


Tourism’s Impact on Niagara Falls

‘Casino Niagara’ has added a substantial growth to Niagara’s tourism. “Attracting 23,000 visitors each day, the economic benefits accrued: 3,700 full time employees (95% local), $2.5 billion in direct annual revenue and $1.3 billion in annual economic activity” (2004 Economic Report I, The City of Niagara Falls p.3). ‘Niagara Fallsview Casino Resort’ was “designed to complement existing tourism infrastructure in the Niagara Region, including Ontario’s world-renowned wine industry” (2004 Economic Report I, The City of Niagara Falls p.3). It is also expected to increase the tourism base for the region, increase the length of stay and spending. It is estimated that by 2016, an estimated 30 million visitors will pass through Niagara Region, up 16 million visitors in the span of 12 years and is expected to reach 20 million visitors annually within the next 10 years. The new $1 billion casino is situated in a prime downtown Niagara site over-looking the falls and Fallsview is expected to create 2500 jobs to the local economy. “Global competition will continue making it increasingly important for (Niagara Region) to demonstrate it has an evolving world-class tourism product in order to create new tourism experiences which will also attract repeat and new visitors” (2004 Economic Report I, The City of Niagara Falls, p.2). Niagara Region currently receives 50% of all travelers entering the province and accounts for 40% of Ontario’s tourism industry. New attractions are being planned to further support tourism in Niagara Falls such as the ‘Great Wolf Lodge,’ ‘Americana Conference Resort’ and ‘Ripley’s Aquarium.’

Restoring the Downtown
On April 6, 2004 the ‘Ripley’s “Believe It or Not” Museum’ announced a new $1 million façade renovation and has more square footage for its displays. The new façade will look like a toppled over Empire States Building with ‘King Kong’ at the top above the sidewalk. Two new hotels are being built in the cities core, the 30-storey ‘Crowne Plaza,’ the ‘Hilton DoubleTree Resort Lodge & Spa Fallsview.’ The Tourist Area Development Strategy has to be reviewed from City Council this spring and the approval of three more development of hotels is pending. ‘Louis Tussaud’s Wax Museum’ and ‘Marineland’s Artic Cove’ are also undergoing major restorations. (2004 Economic Report I, The City of Niagara Falls, p.6-8).
Various large companies such as Bombardier, Siemens, SNC-LAVALIN, Mitsubishi, PCL and Borealis Investments have approached the City with a People Mover System that would be funded by senior levels of government and private investments. A grant approval of $25 million from Canada Strategic Infrastructure Fund Program has been approved and with the due to the ability to develop ‘Fallsview Casino,’ the Fallsview Management Company is supporting funding with a $15 million commitment.
The City of Niagara Falls is working on a Community Improvement Plan (CIP) for the Central Business District (CBD) of the City. The CIP will suggest areas for improvement and hopefully lead to the investment of private sector dollars into the downtown core. The City has prepared a consulting team to assist in preparing the plan. (2004 Economic Report I, The City of Niagara Falls p.20). Various business’s are willing to invest in downtown core locations due to the proximity of the falls, which generates profits from the volume of business mainly by tourist, after operating costs have been deducted (Alonso, W. 1960. pg 157).

Restructuring

The region plans to increase their industrial development charges over the next five years, which is a key regional-issue. “A consistent message from the industrial community was to lower the industrial rate, which is set by the region” (2004 Economic Report I, The City of Niagara Falls p.14). Mayor Salci, of The City of Niagara Falls, addressed the city’s concerns to sustain the diverse economic businesses in the city, and is currently working on a proposal to be presented to the region waving industrial development charges.

Housing
The Canadian Mortgage and Housing Corporation (CMHC) reports that Niagara’s resale activity remains hot and that the strong economic fundamentals provides a support for housing activity. A tight resale market provides stimulus from new home construction and increasing new home prices with a 19.3% increase from 4th quarter in 2002. Resale prices have increased by 5.5% in the last year. This was fuelled by low interest rates, strong job growth and stable migration to the area. (2004 Economic Report I, The City of Niagara Falls p.18)

City-Wide Community Improvement Plan on Brownfields
In February 2004, Mayor Salci introduced a comprehensive plan that will serve as redevelopment stimulus for former industrial and commercial properties. The Federation of Canadian Municipalities in support of this smart growth initiative has granted $75,000 to the City to conduct the study. The study will create ideas for financial incentives in order to overcome costs associated with the environmental remediation of the land as well as providing long-term uses of the land. (2004 Economic Report I, The City of Niagara Falls p.24).
In October of 2001, Bill 56, the Brownfields Statute Law Amendment Act was passed. “The new Brownfields act was intended to provide the legal basis to support revitalization of contaminated lands in Ontario communities” (Stein, S. & Elliott, S. “It’s Time to Boost Ontario’s Brownfield Initiatives” Ontario Planning Journal). Some provisions dealing with financial incentives such as property tax relief have been effective and it remains a possibility for Niagara Falls as they may freeze property taxes for a period of time on the redeveloped Brownfield lands.


Conclusion
The City of Niagara Falls is located in a unique region where the City is benefiting from its new and historic notion of being a tourist center (Neatby, N. June 2001. pg 405). With the recent strong American dollar, record numbers of Americans have been crossing ‘The Rainbow Bridge’ up 18.5% since 1996 creating a viable reason for the City to restore the downtown core with various new developments such as hotels and attractions. With commitments from the City in the form of Community Improvement Plans on Brownfield areas, Niagara Falls is a stable city to invest in housing and is currently experiencing an increase in resale values. Some restructuring is needed to keep employment in Niagara and not south of the boarder. The City of Niagara Falls has on average a larger than normal amount of people aged 20 – 44 and proportionately a greater percentage of people who are separated and divorced in comparison to the suburban ring that surrounds the city. Within the City, visual minority groups are evident, accounting for 5.4% of the City’s population compared to 4.0% of the suburban population. Within the city a large average of people commute to work as a passenger. Within the two largest cities, Niagara Falls and St. Catharines combined have a large average of people commute to work via public transit. Niagara Falls’ has a large workforce in sales and service-based sectors, while the educational attainment is below the regional average and the average for income falls below the suburban ring’s. The City has a proportionally large amount of Buddhist, Christian Orthodox, Hindu and Sikh religions. Overall, Niagara Falls is as diverse a place as its region and as great place to live as it celebrates its 100th anniversary of it being founded.

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Alonso, William. A Theory of the Urban Land Market. Papers and Proceedings of the Regional Science Association. Vol.6, 1960, pg.149-158.
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Linstedt, Sharon. Casino Crossing Americans go to Canada in Record Numbers. Buffalo News. March 9th, 1998. Buffalo NY. Received via Proquest.
Myers, Kenneth. The New Niagara: Tourism, Technology, and the Landscape of Niagara Falls, 1776 – 1917. The Journal of American History. Bloomington: March 1997 Vol.83, Issue 4; pg 1388
Mutzabaugh, Ben. In Ontario, New Reasons to fall for Niagara. USA Today, January 10, 2004. Received via EBSCO Research Database.
Regional Niagara. Office Consolidation, Regional Niagara Policy Plan. Publication #48 March, 1988
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Stein, Stan. & Elliot, Shari. It’s Time to Boost Ontario’s Brownfield Initiatives. The Ontario Planning Journal: March/April 2004 Vol. 19 #2.
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Last week I took a few photos of some construction around town. I have absolutely no idea how to use imageshack and post photos on this website and can't figure it out. I use webshots to put up pictures, but everytime I try and upload the website crashes. I managed to get one photo up but that was it. http://community.webshots.com/album/549275183MblQAl If anyone would like to see or post these photos I'd be more than happy to e-mail them to you.
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Work continues on Niagara Square Mall, in this image you can see their new sign as well as the storefronts of the Future Shop, Linen & Things, Petcetera and inside the mall opening August 24th, is Winners.


It was mentioned to me on the weekend that their maybe a new 20 story hotel going up across from the Oakes Hotel, this is the parking lot that borders three streets: fallsview, Dixon and Main st. The one with the huge Marineland sign.
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DOWNTOWN NEWS

Council OKs $40K for new market study; Report to convince senior government to share costs to revive downtown

COREY LAROCQUE
Local News - Tuesday, August 22, 2006 @ 02:00

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City council will spend about $40,000 on an independent market study to try to convince senior government levels to contribute to a plan to revive downtown by turning it into a retail shopping district.

Council voted 6-2 Monday to get an independent market study and business plan, eight months after first hearing investor Aaron Lichtman's Historic Niagara downtown revitalization plan.

It will provide the kind of information the city will need whether it's Lichtman or some other investor who is going to revive the ailing business area, said Ald. Wayne Campbell. The market study is expected to take three months to complete.

Lichtman, a New York City-based businessman, has said he can bring $100-million in private investment to attract retail chains to spruced-up downtown buildings. But the plan can only work if the city can guarantee about $36 million worth of improvements to the area, including a parking garage and new parks, he has said.

City politicians have said they hope to split the $36-million public portion evenly among the city, province and federal governments.


The downtown issue had been simmering since the spring, but flared up Monday after four council members met last week with Ontario's public infrastructure minister David Caplan.

Ald. Carolynn Ioannoni said she asked Caplan directly whether or not the province would contribute. His comments revealed it's going to be difficult to get the province's - and probably the federal government's - financial support for the plan, she said.

"Let's not dream in Technicolor. We don't have federal and provincial money," Ioannoni said.

When they met Caplan at the Association of Municipalities of Ontario convention last week, he left Ioannoni with the impression Ontario would be more interested in supporting a convention centre here than in backing the downtown project.

Mayor Ted Salci said after the council meeting it was "unfair" to put words in Caplan's mouth.

"It's unfair to suggest the minister, at this point, has said no. I'm not giving up yet," said Salci, who has often talked about splitting the cost of public-area improvements with senior levels of government.

"There's more than one way to skin a cat," the mayor said, adding there are many sources of government assistance available to explore.

To make the Historic Niagara Plan work, Niagara Falls will seek a big contribution from the province. But the concept hadn't been on the radar at Queen's Park.

In an Aug. 8 interview with the Review, Premier Dalton McGuinty said the Niagara Falls' downtown plan had not yet come to his attention. McGuinty said he was "delighted" the community had taken the initiative to develop a plan and he would be "very interested in learning more about the issue."

The study and business plan council voted to get will help convince the province to take part, Salci said.

Lichtman hired American marketing consultant Bob Gibbs to study the market that exists in Niagara Falls for a retail district. Gibbs had been involved in revitalizing Charleston, S.C., a city Lichtman has held up as a model for Niagara Falls.

It has been difficult for city officials to get much specific information from Lichtman about his business plan and investors, Ioannoni said.

"I'm starting to have a real problem with the monies we've spent and are continuing to spend, absent of any real information," she said. Ioannoni told council members she will make a motion at the Sept. 11 meeting that would limit the city's financial commitment to the downtown project to $12 million, even if the other government's won't contribute to it.

Campbell, who has consistently voted for the Historic Niagara plan, accused Ioannoni of taking a "disgruntled-employee approach" toward the project.

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THIS HAS NOTHING TO DO WITH DEVELOPMENT, BUT HAS EVERYTHING TO DO WITH NIAGARA!
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Niagara Falls is like an enormous, un-gated theme park. Instead of fairy tales or cartoon characters, the theme is the falls. The lure of the falls is so powerful, it attracts visitors from all over the world. I don't think I've ever seen a more diverse crowd than the multi-culti throngs vacationing there. While there's plenty to do on the U.S. side of the border (the state park is especially beautiful), the Canadian Niagara Falls is more developed and offers a slew of diversions. There is an impressive array of attractions designed to give visitors a view of the falls from every conceivable vantage point. While there is one actual theme park and three indoor water parks, Niagara Falls also offers many stand-alone attractions, particularly on Clifton Hill, the tourist haven across from the American Falls.
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Hey Buckster, do you know which council member voted against it? I didn't catch it in the article?

It's bad news the other governments haven't really heard about it, let alone help fund it. I really hope this goes through, it will be a whole new area to explore and another reason for guests to stay longer.

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Council OKs $40K for new market study; Report to convince senior government to share costs to revive downtown

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WHERE THE WIND BLOWS!

Wind Tower Plant Opening near Niagara Falls


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Media Advisory - Minister of Energy celebrates wind tower plant opening

FORT ERIE, ON, Aug. 22 /CNW/ - Minister of Energy Dwight Duncan will be
joined by Fort Erie Mayor Wayne Redekop and DMI Industries president Lars
Moller to open Ontario’s first dedicated wind tower manufacturing plant.

DATE: Wednesday, August 23, 2006

TIME: 11:00 a.m.

LOCATION: Event is at the DMI facility located at 2677 Winger Road, Stevensville, Ontario. From Toronto/Hamilton take the QEW Highway west toward Niagara Falls / Fort Erie. Take Exit 12 - RR25 W / NETHERBY RD. Travel west on Netherby to Winger Rd. Turn left on Winger Rd. Go south on Winger Rd to DMI facility.

Canada turns to Niagara Falls for energy


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Niagara Falls has meant honey moon since the late 19th century. Oscar Wilde made wisecracks about it; and a song about newlyweds shuffling off to Buffalo for a look at the falls is part of the classic 1933 musical, 42nd Street.

It's also the most powerful waterfall in North America, producing more hydroelectric power than any other waterfall in the world. They started making power here about the same time the honeymooners first arrived.

That means it's looking increasingly attractive to Ontario's government as an alternative power source as energy costs rise and the government struggles to make sure it has enough electricity.

The Ontario authorities have also vowed to shut down its coal-burning power plants.

Now the second largest tunneling project ever will bring more water to existing turbines on the Canadian side, generating enough new electricity to run 160,000 homes.

"The focus is on how to find as much clean and renewable energy as possible, and this fits the bill," says Emad Elsayed, vice president of hydroelectric development at Ontario Power Generation, which is owned by the Ontario government and operates the hydroelectric plants on the Canadian side of the falls.

The giant drilling machine, made by the Robbins Company of Solon, Ohio, will start boring through hard rock in early September. The machine cuts through about 50 feet a day. At that speed, the 6.4 mile tunnel will be ready in 2009.

At 47 feet in diameter it is 1 1/2 times the width of the Channel Tunnel between England and France. And it was a lot easier boring under the soft chalk of the English Channel than through hard rock 460 feet below Niagara Falls.

The $535-million tunnel will take 17,500 cubic feet of water per second from the Niagara River above the falls, to the Sir Adam Beck generating station below the falls.

"We are in effect adding more fuel by adding more water, making sure the existing turbines run at top capacity," says Mr. Elsayed.

The falls on the US side produce even more hydroelectric power than the Canadian side. All that water diversion means there is less water flowing over the falls. Hydroelectric projects on both the American and the Canadian sides divert 50 percent to 75 percent of the water in the Niagara River into tunnels to run turbines.

A 1950 US-Canadian treaty ensures there will be enough water to see, even after the new tunnel is built.

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FUTURE OF NIAGARA FALLS! "TOURISTS or RETIREES?"

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It has been mentioned alot about the future of development in Niagara Falls, and this is my take on Niagara Falls. You still have a somewhat diverse city which has been able to sustain itself for years. There is more to Niagara than just the tourist side of it, just like there is more to Windsor than the big three. Sure these are your most influential parts of your cities, but this is not the only element to this region, after all it is the region that makes the clock tick. People who live in Niagara work in Toronto, Hamilton, St.Catharines, Grimsby, Welland, and yes even the Falls themselves. I agree that if the city does not find a way too "replace" the US residents who won't be back, than yes they could and I repeat could be in trouble. The people of this region will find a way to survive despite the short-comings of the tourist industry. And my personal opinion is that the people of Ontario will come back to the Falls instead of Disney once the law comes into affect and those from other countries will continue to come because they allready have passports. I know that this does not solve the lack of Americans, but the industry will just have to give more incentives, which in turn will make it more desirable for all parties. On the issue of more Condominiums, this is the future of this community whether people like it or not. I could even see some of these highrise hotels turning coat and switching to a multi-use building. This area has three things that stand out to me , the 1st is obvious, and that is the view of the Falls are priceless, the 2nd is that this is the Queen region of retirees, "INSERT CONDOS HERE," and the 3rd is that the prices of houses is the fastest rising in Ontario, that tells me that this area is becoming more desirable to live and play, while they commute to work in the Toronto and Hamilton region. Obviously this is just my opinion, it doesn't make it right or wrong, it's just how I feel.
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GREAT WOLF LODGE NEWS

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Ripley Launches MICROS 9700 HMS with RFID at Great Wolf Lodge Indoor Waterpark Resort in Niagara Falls, Canada

MICROS Systems, Inc. (NASDAQ:MCRS) , a leading provider of information technology solutions for the hospitality and retail industries, is pleased to announce that Ripley Entertainment, a global leader in the attractions industry and the owner of Great Wolf Lodge in Niagara Falls, Canada, went live with MICROS 9700 Hospitality Management System (HMS) supporting 27 MICROS workstations with integrated RFID readers, on June 28, 2006.
Ripley's has enhanced both the guest experience and the ease of system use for the staff with property-wide integrated RFID, which allows guests at the lodge to wear waterproof RFID wrist bands that facilitate payment at any MICROS POS workstation in the lodge's food and beverage and retail locations. This allows the guest to enjoy the fun and entertainment afforded by the 103,000 square foot indoor water complex without having to carry cash or other forms of payment. The days of wet money are over at Great Wolf Lodge Niagara Falls.

Ripley's also required a solution that offers more robust POS functionality such as currency conversion, multiple tax capabilities, and automated start-of-day and end-of-day processes. Because MICROS 9700 is an open solution, Ripley's was able to utilize existing legacy hardware which resulted in considerable cost savings.

"Before starting this project, our IT department developed an extensive list of requirements that outlined our vision for the guest experience," stated Joe Tenczar, Director, IT, Ripley Entertainment. "We were able to meet directly with MICROS R&D to discuss how best to leverage the flexibility of the MICROS 9700 system. Based upon our business needs and specs, MICROS seamlessly integrated the ability to utilize the RFID technology that is so critical to our business model. We've been very impressed with MICROS's technology, attention and dedication to this account."

"We are very pleased with the successes we've achieved with Ripley Entertainment," stated Jenny Kurdle, EVP, Leisure and Entertainment Business Unit. "We look forward to a strong and lasting partnership that leads to MICROS deployments at additional Ripley's locations in the future."

About Ripley Entertainment

Ripley Entertainment is a global leader in the attractions industry. Great Wolf Lodge Niagara Falls, Canada is owned by Ripley's Niagara Water Park Resort, L.P., a Jim Pattison Group company, through a license from Great Wolf Resorts, Inc. Great Wolf Lodge captures the adventure and the intrigue of the Northwoods with nature-inspired accommodations, multiple family-themed restaurants, an Aveda(R) concept spa, an arcade with more than 100 games and an interactive miniature golf course. Measuring 103,000 square feet, with 2.5 million liters of water, the indoor waterpark complex includes 13 waterslides, interactive pools, indoor and outdoor whirlpool spas, a giant wave pool, a winding lazy river, and a 12-level interactive water play fort with 4,000 liter tipping bucket. Worldwide, Ripley Entertainment has 53 attractions in 10 countries, including Ripley's Believe It or Not! museums, two world-class aquariums, Louis Tussauds Wax Museums, and Ripley's Moving Theaters. In 2006, Ripley's attractions are expected to welcome nearly 13 million visitors.


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LOOKS LIKE A "WINNER"

Winners is officially open for business, and by the looks of the parking lot it's off to a good start.

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IMAX THEATRE IS GETTING SOME NEW SIGNAGE!

The truck is here to unload the new signs.


And here they are in their new location.

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INN BY THE FALLS UNDER RE-DEVELOPMENT!

This building is proposed at 7 floors, and 108 rooms.




Mucciared pointed out that accessniagara had posted about this back in March, here is more info: http://www.accessniagara.com/blog/in...public_meetin/
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Just curious if this development thread is going to receive a sticky, I don't think it is going away.
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Rerouting River Road gets red light from NPC; Letter to city staff outlines concerns against proposal

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Local News - Wednesday, August 30, 2006 @ 02:00

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Tourism numbers reflect a tough year in Niagara
Visitors from U.S. down to lowest level since 1993

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"There's been a slight increase in Canadian tourists but there's been a real decrease in American tourists," said Noden. "Americans spend three times (in Niagara) what a Canadian would spend."
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He said the SARS crisis was the point when tourism in Niagara turned downward, more so than in the aftermath of the 9/11 terrorist attacks in the United States in 2001. He said 9/11 reduced tourism and travel for a short time but it rebounded. When SARS hit, it squashed the Americans' urge to travel abroad and kept travellers closer to home, said Gedge.
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Word around the Niagara Falls council horseshoe has tourism operators in the city calling 2006 mediocre at best. But while it's been tough, there is a silver lining -- new markets which are starting to open up. Noden said more travellers are visiting from overseas. Visitors from Europe, Asia and other countries from the eastern side of the world won't need passports to enter Canada or return home. The rising Canadian dollar is also not really a concern because it still beats the Euro or the British pound.
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"A trend we are starting to see is people from Britain coming for shopping weekends in Toronto and Niagara," said Noden. He said those markets are big spenders since they make up only 10 per cent of Niagara Parks traffic but 33 per cent of its revenue.
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"Asia and Europe are spending four times more than what the Americans are spending. We are really putting a focus on these markets. Not ignoring the U.S., but really focusing on increasing our market share."
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My concern is why in the hell are they only thinking about "market share" now!
I have been saying this for a year now, increase advertising and incentives in other countries. I'm not saying ignore the American market, but we are all seeing a trend of Americans staying home. They have enough to keep them occupied in their own country. Residents from foreign countries have more of a spirited visit when they see this World Wonder for the first time on foreign soil. They look like little kids when they see it for the first time.
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while we are at it, when will the world's largest aquarium complex be completed ?
that is a good question is it even being built at all.
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This doesn't really talk much about development, but you can read a little bit about conference facilities available at the Fallsview Casino Resort and its relationship with Hilton and Renaissaince.

http://www.pcma.org/resources/conven...RTICLE_ID=5423

While I was looking for news on skylon development, I came across an article all about the Skylon. Just past 3/4 way down, the development is mentioned but details aren't fully explained. The article can't be that old as they mention Wolfgang Puck, Cafe Tu Tu Tango, and Coco's. Does anyone have any more info on this project?

http://www.bradreese.com/skylon-tower-history.htm
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