This explains those construction cranes on the horizon

The tallest building between Toronto and NYC is under construction in Niagara Falls, Ontario. Apparently it’s already at 52 storeys, making the new hotel taller than the Skylon Tower. In fact, when completed, it will be 20 storeys taller than the HSBC tower in Buffalo, not an insubstantial building itself.

I guess this is good news for tourism in Niagara Falls.

Next time I’m up on the escarpment, I’ll take a look eastward. It should be visible from St Catharines.

(photo credit)

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2 responses to “This explains those construction cranes on the horizon

  1. Just what Niagara Falls, Ontario needs, another tall mostly glass building that threatens the many species of migratory birds that follow the Niagara flyway. Of course, the gaudy, government owned Fallsview Casino clearly shows that Canada could care less about the environment or the natural beauty of Niagara Falls. At least there’s now a casino opposition organization, http://www.closefallsviewcasino.org

  2. I can’t speak to the birds, but the natural beauty of Niagara Falls hasn’t been much of either (natural or beautiful) for at least a century. We draw a huge amount of water from the river 24/7, the main attractions in Canada are water parks, casinos, and wax museums, and the Americans even turned off their falls for a little while back in the sixties.

    Not that it isn’t a neat place to visit. Especially if you can maintain some post-modern ironic detachment.

    Have you read “Inventing Niagara”? The review in Eye Weekly made it look pretty interesting. http://www.eyeweekly.com/blog/post/34818

    “The two Niagaras wink at one another across the gorge,” she writes by way of introduction, “the contrapuntal faces of globalism: on the Canadian side, the monotony of our worldwide monculture, the proliferation of malls and brands and franchises proclaiming globalism’s intent to make every town look the same, from Benares to Boise. The soul-snapping boredom of it all is reflected in its urgent spawning of ever-more-extreme cheap thrills.

    “Meanwhile, across the river in America, you see globalism’s economic underbelly: crumbling row houses, unemployment offices, and defunct factories parked on EPA-designated brownfields, the sediment of a century’s toxic run-off.”

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