Niagara Gazette


March 19, 2014

BRADBERRY: Desperately seeking signs of spring, PLEASE!


Niagara Gazette — By the end of the month, Leo will be almost overhead, while Aries the Ram (lamb) will be right on the western horizon, preparing to set. With the lamb setting in the west, the month is going out like a lamb.

So, this year, our first day of spring, or the vernal equinox, that is, when daylight and night are each approximately twelve hours long, is scheduled to arrive right on time tomorrow, March 20 at exactly 12:57 p.m. As the Sun crosses the equator heading northward, it will rise precisely due east and set exactly due west according to NASA.

Perhaps one of the most ominous signs that spring is in the air, is the number and the size of this year’s crop of potholes; this winter’s wrath is easier to see and feel once the plows have scraped away the season’s snow and ice that normally fill and smoothen the car wrecking crevasses.

But no doubt, one of the most welcome signs that the economic climate is changing for the better here is the blossoming of new construction.

We love the smell of fresh asphalt, the roar of the Pothole Killer in spring’s crisp morning air!

As the weather continues to improve, the city will begin to see more development activity and heavy construction than we have seen in decades here. And that includes the rational de-construction of dozens of buildings that no longer serve any useful purpose other than to be carefully disassembled whenever possible, and then re-purposed later while the once vacant lots can be put back into useful service and put back on the tax rolls where they belong.

What to see more signs? A short drive along the Military Road/Niagara Falls Boulevard corridor leading into the City reveals the multi-million dollar investments being made in our future as brand new retail businesses are beginning to bloom while major manufacturing projects like Greenpac and others on the horizon promise to produce more jobs than we have seen created in these parts in decades.

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