The recent debate over budget reductions in the Earl W. Bridge's financing from the City of Niagara Falls, New York has been on my mind. Since the incident, the City Council has restored funding to the library but my mind is still restless regarding the issue. While recently reading Reinventing Government: How the Entrepreneurial Spirit is Transforming the Public Sector, several different ideas that could help fund and reinvent the library located in the heart of Niagara Falls presented themselves.
Original Sketches By Architect Paul Rudoplh
1) Cost Effective
With rising gas prices and the costs associated with using your own vehicle, public transportation becomes more attractive to the fiscal minded and cash strapped resident. The average gas price in Buffalo and Niagara Falls hovers around $3.75 a gallon or about 1/2 of the hourly minimum wage. Couple that with the monthly insurance payment, its hard to beat the $75.00 monthly pass to use both bus and rail services in the region.
You never know who you might just meet using public transportation especially in the Buffalo-Niagara region. Using public transportation allows you to come across and possible network with individuals from all walks of life. In an increasingly gentrified society, this is a unique opportunity to learn about different cultures, neighborhoods, interests, and more!
Between working a full-time job and taking care of families or schoolwork, there are many who have difficulty fitting the basic suggested 30 minutes of physical fitness in their daily regime. While not the most intensive form of fitness, walking to and from bus stop locations adds up and may even exceed your suggested activity amount.
In New York City where public transportation is frequently used you will without question find someone riding the bus/train working on numerous projects including but not limited to proposals, presentations, and video editing. If you can think of it, there is someone probably working on it. With the rise of technology, more and more activities can be done from your tablet or I-phone as you commute to work.
Public transportation use simply reduces the amount of carbon emissions being filtered into the air. In areas where air quality is a concern, this is a major method in which to combat the negative effects of excessive automobile usage.
While this is not the case for all trips on public transportation especially in an increasingly suburban community, some routes do offer a nice level of convenience if you're living within the city core. If you are a young professional working in or around Downtown Buffalo and living in Niagara Falls, a morning commute via automobile would take close to 45 minutes to 1 hour depending on traffic. The same commute via Bus 40A takes just less than 40 minutes. Bus 55 has several stops along major points of Pine Avenue and Niagara Falls Blvd allowing you to reach the stores/offices you need with relative ease. However, the exception is where suburban office park development has made the connections of Bus Routes difficult. Nonetheless, there are several alternatives to those services located on the 55 bus route.
These reasons are from my own personal experience and do not represent the larger community's viewpoints of public transportation use.
The Niagara Arts & Cultural Center located in the former Niagara Falls High School received a boost for its overall revitalization strategy but earning the designation as a certified film production facility. This is incredible news for the growing venue that is quickly becoming a popular arts hub in the heart of Niagara Falls, New York. This bodes well for the greater revival and prosperity of Pine Avenue and the entire arts community in the city.
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With temperatures hovering around 10 degrees over the past few days I could not help but imagine the experience of those who witnessed and lived through the Blizzard of '77. Here is a small slideshow put together by Niagara Gazette photographer James Neiss covering the event ... http://static.cnhi.zope.net/flashpromo/niagaragazette/media/slideshows/BlizzardOf77_2/