chapter  6
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Regionalism, Governance and Resilience across Borders: The Niagara Cross-Laboratory

In his General Introduction to Statistical Account of Upper Canada, first published in 1822, Gourlay describes the Niagara region in the following way: “if there is one [spot] on earth intended for a paradise more than another, it is this” (1966, p. vi). For Canadians familiar with the place called “Niagara,” Gourlay’s description may seem like an exaggeration, but one they can relate to as the “Niagara” conjures images of North America’s most powerful waterfall, of the escarpment and of the region’s numerous vineyards and orchards. For Americans, on the other hand, the expression is more likely to evoke images of industrial development and, later, decline and decay. This is because there are, not one, but two Niagara regions.