Commercial development seems on every hand to defy reason and logic. In Livingston, there's a plan to build a giant gas station diagonally across from an existing giant gas station, on land that today is a big, open grassy space.
There are no plans for the existing gas station. It seems it may just be abandoned.
In Greenport, there's a plan to build a new "retail development" on the west side of Fairview Avenue at the current location of the McDonald's--a plan that requires the demolition of a significant historic house.
While just across the street, in Fairview Plaza, there are at least eight vacant stores and an abandoned supermarket building.
And here in Hudson, where some might think we would have learned our lesson about demolishing old buildings and sacrificing neighborhood character, two houses are soon to be razed so that Stewart's can build a bigger and better gas station and convenience store.
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