There is a debate about whether building this final leg of the MFE is a good idea or not. However, it would certainly not be a good thing for the borough of Turtle Creek to have a major highway going through the middle of town. It seems as though not too many people care about the future of Turtle Creek, though. Like many rust-belt villages with declining populations, the historic industrial character of the town is taken for granted, or unappreciated. The residents might wish to live in a modern, cul-de-sac style suburban location, in a vinyl McMansion. The old homes are neglected. What remains of the business district is either vacant or underutilized. Walkable amenities are ignored. Given all of this, there is little to stand in the way of a project that would destroy the town and push more people out. The question is, why aren't there more people who love their town, and are willing to fight for its existence and its history? Is this apathy exclusive to western Pennsylvania?
I photographed all of the houses that would be destroyed for the proposed MFE. While the topic here is historic preservation, and the idea that these buildings should be saved, remember that the town itself is a special place, and deserves better than this.