About the only things the Village of Macedon and the Village of Brockport have in common is that both villages have a 30 mile per hour speed limit and both villages have a Salvatore’s pizza. Other than that they have virtually nothing in common.
Sure both villages are on the Erie Canal, but in Macedon the canal is north of the village center, so the Village of Macedon doesn’t have the beautiful canal vistas the Brockport does. You can drive through the Village of Macedon and not even know the canal is there. When you stand on West Main Street in Macedon, you can’t even see the canal.
So it is blatantly obvious that anyone who compares the Village of Macedon to the Village of Brockport has never been to the Village of Macedon. Maybe Rhett King should get off his big fat butt and drive out to the Village of Macedon before he compares the two villages again.
Moreover, maybe Rhett King needs to drive the thirty eight miles from Brockport to the Village of Macedon before he tells the Village of Brockport that it should spend $5000 on a study because Macedon did it. But Rhett won’t do that because he doesn’t give a rat’s backside about the truth. Maybe that’s why his nickname is Rat King. He just wants to dissolve the village so he and his slumlord cronies can make more money by converting single family homes into student housing.
It’s a long drive from Brockport to Macedon, but the drive is worth it. It’s an eye opener. There’s even a nice family restaurant on the south side of Route 31 just west of the village where you can stop and get a bite to eat and a cup of coffee. Unfortunately, there doesn’t seem to be any place to do that in the Village of Macedon.
When you get to the Village of Macedon, there doesn’t seem to be anything there. The intersection in the middle of the Village of Macedon is dominated by a Sunoco gas station and the huge ugly buildings of the Berry Plastics Corporation plant on the east side of the intersection. There are two vacant lots on the west side of the intersection. In Brockport on the other hand, the main intersection in the village has a thriving movie theater and a magnificent stone church on the east side of the intersection, and a beautiful brick church, and a small park next to the Brockport Diner on the west side of the intersection. You have to wonder if Rat King has ever noticed that.
Main Street in Brockport is thriving. It’s filled with wonderful shops and places to eat. On the other hand, Main Street in the Village of Macedon is almost completely dead. There is nice florist, a tiny book store/ card shop, and there’s a bar, the Twisted Rail, that pretends to be a brew house. But it’s just another bar, similar to the C & S Saloon in Brockport. The Twisted Rail doesn’t compare to Barber’s Grill, and it is definitely not in the same league as The Stoneyard.
Other than that, Main Street in the Village of Macedon has virtually nothing to offer in the way of shopping other than a woman’s hair salon. There are none of the thriving businesses that you see up and down Main Street in Brockport.
In fact, West Main Street in the Village of Macedon is considerably less well developed than North Main Street, north of the canal in Brockport. That’s because retail shopping in Macedon is dominated by the Wal-Mart located just west of the village.
The Village of Macedon has nothing like Bittersweet, or Dunn’s Furniture. Nor does the Village of Macedon have anything even remotely like the Lift Bridge Bookshop or the Red Bird Café. The Village of Macedon has diddly squat to offer shoppers, so where does Rat King come off comparing the two villages?
Where does Rat King come off saying that the Village of Brockport should jump off a cliff because the Village of Macedon did. The Village of Macedon jumped off a cliff without looking to see how far the fall would be or what was at the bottom. That is no reason for the Village of Brockport to make the same mistake.