The Fall of Niagara Falls, New York

 

Niagra Falls New York

Niagra Falls Ontario

 

Business Week recently posted an excellent and extensive article on the fall of Niagara Falls, New York.   For the past four decades, Niagara Falls has continued to plummet into ever increasing decline.  The city today has both a high level of crime and a high level of unemployment.   While similar decline has taken place in a large number of rust belt cities throughout the United States, what is most remarkable about Niagara Falls, New York is that it sits beside of the world’s greatest natural wonders (Niagara Falls).  The city is visited by more than 8 million people per year, a number that would generally keep the city’s economy fairly strong, yet the city continues to plummet despite all of these tourists.

What is also remarkable is the success of Niagara Falls, Ontario on the other side of the border.  While Niagara Falls, Ontario still has it’s share of problems, the city’s tourism industry is booming with dozens of hotels and attractions.  Having visited Niagara Falls, Ontario several times, I can tell you that many parts of the city are buzzing throughout the year.  The article provides some excellent insight into how such an odd situation has occurred with regards to the two Niagara Falls cities and why Niagara Falls, New York has consistently struggled throughout the decades.

Creating New Roads as Easy as Rolling Out a New Carpet?

 

Photo Courtesy of Inhabit.com

The creation and maintenance of traditional asphalt roads has always been both time consuming and expensive.  Recently, the environmental movement has reinstagated  the idea of creating brick roads.  Brick’s are generally durable and aren’t nearly as susceptible to cracks due to freezing and thawing.  Yet, once again, paving the roads would be extremely time consuming.  However, a new machine may change how roads are built throughout cities.  An article at Inhabit.com recently showcased a brick laying machine that literally lays out a brick road on a sand bottom like a carpet.  Crazily enough, the machine isn’t somehow magic, but actually uses gravity to pack the bricks tightly together. With a little more polish, this machine could truly help save a lot of time and money for a city while also being far better for the environment.  Seems like something we truly invest in.

Lightning Storm in Toronto

Well, it’s been a crazy last couple of weeks (hence the lack of blog posts).  Unfortunately, things are still pretty hectic right now.  However, I would refer you over to today’s blog post from A Daily Dose of Imagery.  Last night, my hometown of Toronto had a pretty wild lightning storm and Sam Javanrouh, the man responsible for this excellent blog captured some incredible photos of it all.  I will say that I was pretty glued to my window last night watching it all unfold.

On another note, I am pleased to announce that the Toronto garbage strike (which I blogged about earlier last month) is finally over and done with.  You find the new from late last month in the Globe and Mail here.

Top U.S. Cities for Young Professionals

Recently, Forbes posted their official rankings of the top cities in the United States for young professionals.  Some of the more obvious choices topped the list, yet the most obvious one of all (New York City) ranked fourth.  But in the end, the most shocking position is perhaps often-forgotten Milwaukee sitting high at number 9.  As a young professional in my twenties hoping to move to the United States sometime in the future, I found this article both extremely interesting and informative.  Unfortunately, it was quite noticeable to me that cities in Florida fared by far the worst with Tampa ranking at the bottom in 40th, Miami at 39th and Orlando at 37th.  The top 5 and the link to the article are below.  It’s defintely worth a look!

1) San Francisco

2) Boston

3) Houston

4) New York City

5) Minneapolis

Top Cities for Young Professionals