Lockport Union-Sun & Journal Online


April 3, 2013

ROOT: Now it is getting serious

Lockport Union-Sun & Journal — I try to let it go, but I just can’t. When I drive up Transit, I see one of the biggest eyesores I have ever seen. I don’t mean that in any metaphorical way; I mean it literally. I was at Love Canal before they tore the houses down and I have been through the worst parts of some of the biggest cities in the country; what we have here is one of the biggest eyesores I have ever seen.

When I see it, it makes me sad and angry. It makes me sad because it is such a waste. It makes me angry because I know someone is purposely making it worse just to serve their own selfish needs. I know it is getting worse because I have lived here my entire life and I have never seen it like this.

As my wife and I were driving down Transit towards the city to go home, we passed by the M&T Bank branch near the site of the old mall. Just as we passed the bank, we saw a tidal wave of white swirl up from the ground behind the barrier fence that recently had the green material reattached to it. The wave swirled like a tornado and rose up into the air and then dissipated. Some of it landed on the Bon Ton, but the rest just settled back down to the ground.

Whoever is feeding the seagulls at the old Lockport Mall site should be ashamed of themselves. I wrote a cute little story about this a couple of weeks ago, but this isn’t cute anymore. It is obvious that the problem has been artificially enhanced by someone enticing the birds to nest there.

What are the results of such a selfish act? Businesses all along that fence now have to listen to customers complain about birds swooping around and bird droppings on vehicles. There are two restaurants in the immediate area (three if you count the hot dog stand across the street) which I am sure are inadvertently making the situation worse.

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