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Rich LaVere's Documentary - "Facing The Wall"

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I can’t help but wonder what the outcome would have been had they not knocked down the buildings on the south side of Water Street. 

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Very nice ! The time for utilization of the river instead of fearing it seems to have finally come to pass ! And this is a good thing for all . 
Thank you Mr. LaVere , a very enjoyable watch ! 

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5 minutes ago, Chris said:

I can’t help but wonder what the outcome would have been had they not knocked down the buildings on the south side of Water Street. 

They would have been gone shortly thereafter anyway. Yes they were an eyesore before Agnes but were more structurally unsound and unsafe afterward and as mentioned in the Documentary many were just abandoned. 
That said , again the time of fearing the river should have been overcome years ago but due to some of our local businessmen at the time , an idea was forwarded to draw downtown businesses to a place called the Mall built on a piece of property conveniently owned by another local business and this move pretty much ended Elmira .
Now , its well known that when those buildings were demolished had that portion of vacant land between Water St and the “Wall” been utilized as riverside parking with access to the river those buildings on the Northside would have been able to thrive from foot traffic due to the convenience of off street parking and recreational use of the river ( Oswego did just that ) 
But here we are again … Riverfront park was a bust from the get go and now we are going to have a “splash park” / troll shower ! 
Not to take away from Mr. LaVere’s work which paints the area as it could and can still be and I believe is little by little getting there by his pointing out the river as an asset instead of a liability! 

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