February 1, 2010

Dyster Hardly Pushes The Envelope

This is likely to shock a few people, but we'd like to commend Niagara Falls Mayor Paul Dyster for his "I don't quit"-themed speech last week. Dyster had better not quit, because the city is in rough shape.

In his State of the City, Dyster acknowledged that the city “still has a way to go.” He also promised not to "neglect the many areas that still need to be addressed.” That's going to be a long list, Paul.

We've been critical of the city, and rightly so - there have been a multitude of failures and few successes to look back on. But the reality is that it is important to our region to have a thriving city, and Dyster knows this. That being said, he's got his work cut out for him. Words are easy to deliver, results will be much more of a challenge.

We would have liked to see more substance in Dyster's immediate future plans above his intentions to continue road repairs, but that's about as far as he went. What he needs to focus on, and we've said it before, is cultivating an atmosphere that will turn the day tripper into the overnight tripper. That will not be an easy task, but it needs to be a priority.

He also needs to get tough with the real estate speculators who own too much property in the city, and are doing nothing with it. The continued sight of a vacant Third Street is downright depressing.

Dyster set the bar - not too high, but he set it nonetheless. We're willing to give him the opportunity to jump over it....for now.

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