Daniel Robison http://wmot.org en Niagara Falls In Danger Of Losing City Status, Aid http://wmot.org/post/niagara-falls-danger-losing-city-status-aid Transcript <p>AUDIE CORNISH, HOST: <p>The 2010 census brought some bad news for Niagara Falls, New York. Once one of the biggest cities in the Northeast, it has lost more than half its population since the 1950s. As Daniel Robison reports, Niagara Falls is now at risk of losing its city status, as well as million of dollars in federal aid.<p>DANIEL ROBISON, BYLINE: Niagara Falls residents shuffle into a town hall meeting. It's standing-room only in this small space.<p>SETH PICCIRILLO: How's everybody doing? Thu, 25 Oct 2012 22:51:00 +0000 Daniel Robison 17160 at http://wmot.org Buffalo Cleans Up From Dirty Industrial Past http://wmot.org/post/buffalo-cleans-dirty-industrial-past Along the shore of Lake Erie, the rusting relics of Buffalo, N.Y.'s industrial days have long blocked access to the water and posed risks to residents. Now, after decades of inaction, the city is finally clearing a path for the public to return to the waterfront.<p>Buffalo's approach has been dubbed "lighter, faster, cheaper." Tom Dee has led this effort as president of the Erie Canal Harbor Development Corp., a special state agency in charge of city waterfront property. Sat, 01 Sep 2012 21:04:00 +0000 Daniel Robison 15243 at http://wmot.org Buffalo Cleans Up From Dirty Industrial Past In 'Sponge Candy Crescent,' Addicts Hoard 'Heaven' http://wmot.org/post/sponge-candy-crescent-addicts-hoard-heaven The eastern shore of Lake Erie is known as the "Sponge Candy Crescent." During the region's long winter months, this crunchy, chocolatey candy is a mainstay — especially for large gatherings and holidays. But come hot weather, you can't get the temperamental treat.<p>Ko-Ed Candies sells a lot of chocolate Easter bunnies, candy bars and other sweets, but co-owner Sandy Whitt says her customers mostly crave sponge candy.<p>"It's crunchy, crispy in the center, melts very quickly in your mouth," she says. Sun, 01 Jul 2012 09:44:00 +0000 Daniel Robison 12741 at http://wmot.org In 'Sponge Candy Crescent,' Addicts Hoard 'Heaven' Saving Niagra Falls, One (Tightrope) Step At A Time http://wmot.org/post/saving-niagra-falls-one-tightrope-step-time Niagara Falls has long been a magnet for daredevils, but strict laws have kept them away for more than a century. That's expected to change Friday, when circus performer Nik Wallenda will walk a two-inch-thick wire above the giant waterfall. It's an exception officials hope will rescue tourism — and the city's economy.<p>At the Haunted House of Wax in Niagara Falls, tourists are greeted by two signs: one that beckons visitors to meet ghoulish wax figurines and another advertising that the building is for sale. Sat, 09 Jun 2012 10:09:00 +0000 Daniel Robison 11882 at http://wmot.org Saving Niagra Falls, One (Tightrope) Step At A Time National Trend 'Mobs' Local Businesses With Cash http://wmot.org/post/national-trend-mobs-local-businesses-cash You may have heard of "flash mobs," where a mass of people invade a public space to make a scene. Now the idea has been turned on its head by "cash mobs," where large crowds of consumers show up at small businesses to spend money. But it's not just about propping up the local economy.<p>It's 5 o'clock on a Friday, and mostly quiet in the Lander's Men's Store, a mom-and-pop clothing store in Jamestown, N.Y. But shop owner Ann Powers is anticipating a mob.<p>"You get kind of nervous thinking, 'Oh, nobody is going to show up,'" she says. Thu, 29 Mar 2012 07:13:00 +0000 Daniel Robison 9138 at http://wmot.org National Trend 'Mobs' Local Businesses With Cash