You're right that I don't "get" sarcasm. I think sarcasm is used as a foil or excuse for angry/nasty/insecure remarks.If we could have "something else" then what would you propose? Boutiques and restaurants?
not sure you understood my sarcasm of grass huts in the rain Forrest.
the Chevron property is one small part of all of Lockport.
When the Texaco refinery was operating, it was a major driver of the local economy.
If you think boutiques, restaurants and manicured lawns is what makes a community, you are mistaken,
to build a strong community, economic development is needed, a tax base is needed. jobs that are better than minimum wage jobs in boutiques and restaurants.
As for State st 171 being a show place, the pipe line isn't going to be running down the middle of the road. We are talking about a distance of about a mile on the Chevron property itself.
I agree that economic development is a good tax base for a community and that there needs to be planned development of industry, retail and residential. Because a refinery WAS a driver in the past does not mean that is our future, especially in an economy where those non-minimum wage jobs are disappearing. Didn't take you to be a union supporter but those workers had to fight for those wages (anyone remember the strikes at CitGo over the years?) It's not like industry likes giving those wages (witness Caterpillar and their tiered wages, then they still close factories after concessions have been given and corporate profits earned.)
I just think local business leaders should be pursuing industries other than a pipeline. Lockport can be better than it was and is.