Originally Posted by DC83
Know what kills me??
People who go to Big Box plazas (ie.: Meadowlands in Ancaster) and go from one store to the next (sometimes 1 or 2 "stores" (aka boxes) down in their CAR!!!
That's the problem! Don't just blame these developers who see an opportunity to make a boat load of money, where a farmer use to plant his crop. Blame these lazy ass people who hop in their overpriced, overfueled SUV's, and drive from one side of the parking lot to the other for a new duvet cover! I personally hate shopping in 95% of any larger downtown I come across, because it has become a haven for those looking to make a quick buck with a switchblade. This is exactly why Niagara Falls is trying to re-develop it's Downtown!
Developer Wants To Reverse the Flow In Tiny Niagara Falls
Plan Would Create Old-Style Downtown
By David Segal
Washington Post Staff Writer
Monday, November 20, 2006; Page A03
NIAGARA FALLS, Ontario — Walk 20 minutes due north of the wax museums and honeymoon motels at the tacky core of this perennial tourist stop and you will find the eight-block stretch that locals here call downtown. It looks like any other main street in a death spiral: dozens of empty storefronts, plenty of cheap rental apartments and a few hold-out businesses limping from month to month.
But if all goes as planned, these benighted blocks will soon be the scene of a nervy experiment in urban revival. The plan is to close most of the downtown, throw a tarp over the buildings and spend more than $200 million on renovations. A year or so later, the place would reopen, this time hopefully with marquee retailers and spiffy residences, in a setting that might look like a Norman Rockwell painting come to life.