Water, sewer lines key to airport area development Water, sewer lines key to airport area development
Jerry Bunda has flat land, thousands of acres of it. By next fall, he will have the Findlay Connector, a six-mile toll road that will touch down right at his doorstep.
People will move where they feel free and where opportunities exist. People will move away from situations and places where freedoms are less and opportunities dry.
When you add water and sewer lines, you can still find yourself nowhere. You can be nowhere without the sewer lines and you can be be nowhere with them.
As water and sewer lines are inserted into green fields, the people around the area that have water and sewer lines have to pay for the new ones to the greenfield. So, the taxes and burdens go up. Lines that are built in the past are left to crumble. Perhaps the only ones to move to the new development are those that live in the areas where the sewer lines are left to crumble.
That is a "churn" where people move out from the already developed areas and into the areas beyond the suburban reaches.
Perhaps the industrial park should be morphed into apple trees and berry bushes? Grow Christmas trees.
Areas do NOT make economic engines. Areas are everywhere. We've got a whole state of areas in Pennsylvania. But, we don't have people. We don't have strong freedoms.
We can't soar in light manufacturing as we have too many taxes, too few workers, too few customers, too many burdens with poor marketplace conditions.
We have a heavily subsidized airport that is new and can't even pull its own weight. The flights are down. The traffic is flat. The competition is just starting to enter the market. Too many perks went to US Airways and the monopoly is dead.
Of course the Economic Development Director is going to say that this is a "big one." It is sure to be a big one in terms of overspending and long-shots in the dark. They are going to have to do a lot of heavy lifting to pull the wool over the eyes of the locals and the next owners.
Sprawl hurts the ones in the city, the suburban dwelers and country life too. We all suffer. When you go to the country, you don't want to live next to an industrial park. When you go to the burbs, you don't want inter-city gridlock on the roads.
The economic development folks have it wrong. When the demand of the marketplace creeps into the land around the airport -- and can pull its own weight -- then we'll have another situation to consider.