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"Twilight of the Morningstar"
It has seen better days, nonetheless. Located along the street are St. Adalbert's Church and an entrance to the Martin Luther King, Jr. Expressway, but other than that, it is emblematic of the North Shore's economic decline in the last few decades.
"Port Richmond's Once-Bustling Commercial Corridor"
"Clove Road's Woes"
Overall, a drive along the street can be exhilarating, to say the least. But it gets only two stars for living.
"Sojourn Along the Staten Island Greenbelt"
"A Venture Through the Greenbelt"
A two-fold description of the street is warranted. Approximately half runs through the Greenbelt, and the more sparsely populated Travis area of Staten Island, for which the street is named. As it approached the New Springville and Heartland Village areas, homes begin sprouting until the street's terminus at Forest Hill road, where it travels through a full-fledged community.
The street offers scenic views, both within the Greenbelt and at its summit-terminus at Forest Hill Road. The homes are seemingly quiet and can offer enough space for one's relaxation.
"Industry Corridor on Staten Island's North Shore"
I personally love a quiet drive on the weekends down Western Avenue, but of course anybody who has frequented the area knows the industry which existed for many decades.
Early in the 20th Century, a Proctor and Gamble factory began operated in the area. It's ivory soap products led to its being named "Port Ivory".
The factory has since closed, but Northern New Jersey's many chemical plants, the area's shipping and freighting industry and the Goethals Bridge have contributed to many an eyesore. Nonetheless, traffic is little, if any, and houses are practically non-existent.