Crime & Safety
I love the town of Brockway. There are of course draw backs to living here, and if you are a newcomer it is hard to fit in. However, I was born and raised in Brockway and just recently moved to Pittsburgh to start my college education. I miss seeing people I knew on the streets. We would have big fourth of July celebrations that people always come back for even if they lived half way across the country. Once you come to Brockway, you never really leave. It offers a huge sense of community that I really miss. IN college, you are offered the opportunity to meet someone new every day, but it is very hard to make connections with those people in such a short amount of time. In Brockway, you knew everyone, and could carry on a conversation with anyone. We also supported one another, if a family experienced a tragedy, the whole town was there to support, whether they knew them or not. I would obviously rank Brockway in my top area to live and what hurts my heart is to see the direction Brockway is going. There are more drugs and crime than ever before in this area because of the poor economy. Luckily the glass plant is running again and people are finding other jobs, so I predict that the drug problem will get better. Because we are such a strong community, I already see people banding together to fight the drug problem in our area.
There are very few employment opportunities in Brockway, given the lack of larger businesses. The majority of the jobs here are minimum wage or require no higher education, unless you are an independent medical practitioner. The majority of the people here are employed at the local glass plant, which is essentially the life blood of the town.
Brockway mainly has very small, family owned businesses. We only have one nice restaurant, and a bunch a fast food chains. There are plenty of gas stations and car repair businesses, all in very good shape. We only have one grocery store, which is fairly limited and does not have the best products. Generally speaking, a 20-30 minute drive is required to get to the nearest mall or super center.