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Reality on Track

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It's hard to tell where the perception ends and reality starts when it comes to the rail terminal project being proposed for an area near Walbridge Road in Harborcreek.

The plan would put a terminal along the tracks there with a big crane to move cargo containers between the trains and trucks so that goods here can go there and visa-versa.

It's part of an ambitious plan called the Inland Port Project that could one day mark Erie as a logistical hub for the Midwest that the geography and even history suggests.

And it should also be no surprise that neighbors have concerns. Harborcreek is a quiet suburban community that still has strong agricultural roots. The idea of a noisy, busy hub backing up trucks down Buffalo Road is for some worthy of vigorous opposition.

That's what brought some 400 people to a high school auditorium to listen as developers explained the plan so far.

And they ran into a lot of that opposition that has been brewing around dinner tables and bar stools for months.

In the spirit of full disclosure I'll tell you that not only do I live in Harborcreek but I'm not that far from the proposed project.

And no, I don't want noise and traffic issues in my back yard either.

But the speed in which the opposition formed and the loudness of the dissent even as developers were trying to unveil the details tells me that decisions were made on perceptions long before the reality was on track.

It's always a delicate balance between development and quality of life but a 60 million dollar project deserves a fair hearing from open minds.

We should feel free to oppose the project if we believe the impact isn't worth the benefit but only after the facts are in.

 Anything less is a disservice to our economic future.

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