To join in the 'Good Fences' meme, I've got a few pictures of the ornamental stone and wrought iron fence that winds along the top of the gorge at Niagara Falls. I still have trouble believing it, but the Niagara Parks Commission was established as early as 1885, and has managed to maintain the entire Canadian shore of the Niagara River as public open space in the years since.
This is the fence the public can walk along to view the falls. It's not just ornamental of course, 'cause there's a cliff just beyond it. It provides a great place to lean on while taking pictures of the falls.
Same goes for the American Falls; the entire area on the Canadian side is a public promenade along this fence.
There are lots of hotels of course, and for a short distance further north, some beautiful big old homes, but they're all on the inward side of the parkway; access to the gorge is all public land.
There's actually a 55 km. public trail along the river, almost all the way from Niagara-on-the-lake on Lake Ontario, to Fort Erie on Lake Erie, past the falls. Only the bits near the falls that attract lots of visitors have a nice fence like this.
Not only is the land public, but there's a Parkway all the same distance, with considerable parkland around it, and a number of interesting attractions like the Botanical Garden, the School of Horticulture, and the Butterfly Conservatory. In fact their was a public road allowance along the river in the original survey of 1786. That original road has been maintained and the parkland expanded around it ever since.
I had the mistaken impression that Niagara Falls was all tacky attractions and actually avoided coming here for years because of that. But all those attractions are back from the river, and up on a hill, (centred around the casino); the parkland along the river has been kept undefiled.
The Skylon Tower is another of those attractions, but we were able to drive up beside the river, through all the open parkland.
The fences are just a symbol of the public land that's been maintained, but I was impressed by the fact that we've done that!