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Old Posted Feb 19, 2008, 5:14 AM
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The REAL Niagara Falls

Downtown Niagara Falls, Ontario
Away from the hotels, casinos and the bright lights of Clifton Hill...











































































You'd feel cheated if there wasn't a shot of the falls:
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Old Posted Feb 19, 2008, 5:21 AM
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Amazing shots. This is sad to see. I had no clue Niagara Falls, ON looked like that. I've never actually been but my mom has. You would think that it being a popular destination (the falls anyway) that the city would be somewhat nicer. I always thought the city was nice but i'm obviously wrong. Great shots though. Thanks for sharing.

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Love your photos, man. You are the grit king! I always look forward to your threads. Keep up the good work.
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Old Posted Feb 19, 2008, 5:29 AM
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Amazing shots. This is sad to see. I had no clue Niagara Falls, ON looked like that. I've never actually been but my mom has. You would think that it being a popular destination (the falls anyway) that the city would be somewhat nicer. I always thought the city was nice but i'm obviously wrong. Great shots though. Thanks for sharing.

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This part of Niagara Falls is practically abandoned. All the action moved south, closer to the falls. Tourists stick to Clifton Hill and Marineland, they never really go downtown Niagara Falls, it's a whole different world.
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Excellent thread!
I've always found NF to be an interesting pair of cities. I've never seen that area of the Canadian side, it looks almost as dismal as the US side (NF-NY has alot of nasty industry). On the Ontario side, even the touristy part around Lundy's Lane is pretty sleazy. I always liked the strip of cheezy fleabag motels with different themes.
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Amazing shots of an area in recession.....which might be a look some American cities begin to take on.
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charming...at least it was, once. "it's cleaner on the canadian" side they always say...thanks for disproving that myth. great pics and thread.

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and the Canadian side is the 'good side' of Niagara Falls
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Amazing shots of an area in recession.....which might be a look some American cities begin to take on.
I wouldn't say that Niagara Falls is an area in recession though, it's just the old downtown that has fallen by the wayside. The rest of the city is doing fine, and the tourist area near the falls is booming with new high-rise hotel construction.
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That area reminds me of Silent Hill.
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^ That would be downtown Brantford! haha
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Amazing shots of an area in recession.....which might be a look some American cities begin to take on.
Are you saying that seriously? My reaction was "wow, a Canadian town that looks as run-down as all those countless American cities."
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Brantford and Niagara Falls are the most depressed downtowns I've seen in Canada. Wallaceburg and Sarnia are pretty bad too.

As was mentioned, the touristy areas of Niagara Falls are nothing like this. You wouldn't see this if you went to Niagara Falls, you'd be staying in a highrise hotel going to the casino and eating at the Hard Rock Cafe. I've been to Niagara Falls at least 20 times and this is the first time I've been downtown, it's tucked away off the main roads and actually a bit difficult to find.
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Great tour, flar. Honestly, this part of the city looks more appealing to me than the tourist trap that sits at the edge of the falls. That whole area felt like a bad acid trip.
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awesome shots, flar. i ventured to the downtown for the first time a couple summers ago after going to the falls. i was amazed at the level of abandonment. granted, it was early evening on a sunday, but with the booming areas so close, it seems that some spinoff would create a livlier scene. very cool tour.
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I've been wondering what the real downtown looked like for a while. Nice shots.
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Brantford and Niagara Falls are the most depressed downtowns I've seen in Canada. Wallaceburg and Sarnia are pretty bad too.

As was mentioned, the touristy areas of Niagara Falls are nothing like this. You wouldn't see this if you went to Niagara Falls, you'd be staying in a highrise hotel going to the casino and eating at the Hard Rock Cafe. I've been to Niagara Falls at least 20 times and this is the first time I've been downtown, it's tucked away off the main roads and actually a bit difficult to find.
Yeah, that tends to be the folly of Tourism based growth in most places. The only real economic benefits rarely spread beyond the immediate area of tourist interest.

Great pictures though, they capture the atmosphere of the place well.
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first off...that last photo is totally crazy sweet!

I have heard that NF ON was a little run down, but really looks like NF USA in these photos, well maybe we still get a little more gritty but still...it seems like the entire Niagara Falls immediate area is gritz, glamor a grit on the side.

My hopes are with the people of Ontario to recognize this and possibly bring life into downtown, it really could be a great extension of the Clifton/Casino developments.

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I have a question. What time of the day did you take these pictures? There is no one there. I am guessing about 6:30 on a Sunday morning or was there some kind of air raid drill going on because it is dead. No people. No cars. Very Sad!
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I agree on the last shot, fantastic shot.

You always seem to find the interesting parts of towns.

I loved this building:


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