Backstory and Context
The Niagara River is home to Niagara Falls, a world-famous tourist destination loved by daredevils and tourists alike. Near Lake Eerie, and just a little down the river from the famous Falls, is the historic Peace Bridge. Connecting the United States to its northern neighbor, the bridge was built in 1927 to represent the positive relationship between the U.S. and Canada.
The bridge allows 40 billion dollars' worth of trade to cross it annually. It is inspected every year, and is governed by a 10-member binational board. The Peace Bridge's frequent utilization as a piece of architecture, and its binational ownership, is perhaps representative of the relationship between the United States and Canada. Despite the US-Canada border being the longest international border in the world, their last military conflict was in 1812: The two countries have gotten along for over 200 years.
In addition to its utility, the Peace Bridge is also kept to a high aesthetic standard. Thanks to the 'Bridge in Bloom' project, the bridge grounds are decorated with thousands of plants every spring. At night, the bridge also sports a variety of multicolored lights, which change depending on holidays, Buffalo Bills or Buffalo Sabes game days, or other special occasions.
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Bridge in Light, The Peace Bridge. January 1st 2020. Accessed April 11th 2020. https://www.peacebridge.com/index.php/community-programs/bridge-in-light