Oooh, great to know!
A++ for geography trivia. :D
oh man. okay. so here’s the thing, back in the early 20th century the two cities of niagara falls made two very different choices, the canadian side fostered tourism (and they do benefit from having the better view) and the american side chose industry.
fast forward to the decline of industry in america and the buffalo-niagara region was was hit with the same thing that happened to cities like detroit. industry left, jobs left, money dried up and you’re left with abandoned factories, abandoned homes, declining public works (not enough money to take care of roads and bridges and parks) and no tax money coming in to fix any of those things (partially because no one in the area has any money, partially because everyone is leaving the area, and partially because the state government of new york is very very focused on a very big city nine hours away). because of this the kind of spaces that they now would want for tourism are ugly and the money to fix them up just isn’t there and it’s hard to attract tourists when you don’t have a safe, appealing neighborhood for them. they come to the falls stateside, but there isn’t anything else that’s bringing in money. there isn’t a nightlife, or restaurants or anywhere you’d want to bring your family or friends to hang out and spend money. downtown niagara falls new york is the kind of place you lock your door driving though. everyone there is angry and bored. good neighborhoods have become bad neighborhoods and everyone has fled out of state or to the suburbs and the local goverment is running around chasing it’s own tail.
meanwhile in canada, they kept their side of the border beautiful. they built casinos and built up a thriving tourist friendly downtown and they profited. big time. they’ve got clifton hill, which is the most tourist trappy neighborhood ever, they’ve got parks and gardens and a huge viewing area, they’re economically thriving (the american side now has a casino in what used to be the convention center, but while the candian casinos are surrounded but other things to do the american one is a sad island of gambling depression- though it is a HUGE employer of locals and therefore ultimately probably a good thing- even if it isn’t a huge help to the city itself because it’s run by iroquois on iroquoi land and therefore doesn’t get taxed).
the thing that’s happening now that’s super depressing is that niagara falls state-side is becoming nothing more than a shopping center for wealthy canadians. the only real money maker we’ve got is the fact that our sales taxes are considerably lower than canadian ones and stuff is cheaper to begin with and the canadian dollar is pretty strong so candians cross border shop pouring money into the economy. the fucked up flip side is that there’s no jobs, no industry, and no money on the american side so everyone who lives there is trapped in run down shitty neighborhoods and unable to afford shopping at any of the high end stores that have been popping up in recent years (and actually knocking down some of the low income housing nearby displacing people with nowhere to go).
it’s just so so so so fucking depressing.
ahh thank you for this! i knew absolutely none of this.
THE LARGEST DESERT IN THE WORLD IS ANTARCTICA
the logo of the Royal New Zealand Air Force is a flightless bird
my nationality is a joke
#(this is legitimately how nzers came to be called kiwis because they were just hanging out in europe on their leave during the war#it being a bit far to go home and all#and this was the symbol#so everyone started calling them kiwis#so yes my nationality is actually a joke)
that’s the fucking best though
When you see a really pretty map of the United States, Canada, and Mexico…
And it shows every state in the United States
And every State and Territory of Canada
But presents Mexico as a giant administrative monolith