Love Canal

Name:

Love Canal

County:

Niagara

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Latitude / Longitude:

43°04’50 N 78°56’56 W

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Time Zone:

Eastern (EST) (UTC-5)

Comments:

Love Canal is a neighborhood within Niagara Falls, New York. The neighborhood is infamously known as the location of a 70-acre (28 ha) landfill that served as the epicenter of a massive environmental pollution disaster that affected the health of hundreds of residents, culminating in an extensive Superfund cleanup operation.

Remains:

In 1890, William T. Love, an ambitious entrepreneur from the Western Railroad Corporation, envisioned a perfect urban area called “Model City”. He prepared plans to construct a community of parks and residences on the banks of Lake Ontario, believing it would serve the area’s burgeoning industries with much needed hydroelectricity.

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Current Status:

At the time of the dump’s closure in 1952, Niagara Falls was entering an economic boom, and the population began expanding dramatically, growing by 33% in twenty years (1940-1960) from 78,020 to 102,394.

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