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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.
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.
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.