There are a lot of comments on this blog over what Long Beach should be. Long Beach is a city (incorporated in 1922), but it’s surrounded by suburban culture. Some of you are for development, while others want open space and less people. Then, there is that third category: I don’t care, as long as I can park. Lets break this all down:
City vs. Suburbia
with the sub-categories of:
Development vs. Open Space vs. Parking lots
To break it down even further, we argue (FIGHT) over the following issues:
- Hotels (The Allegria): A great asset for Long Beach vs. Those damn valets are taking up all the parking spots! FIGHT!
- Superblock development: A convention center, hotel, condos, retail & food on the boardwalk. vs. I want nothing, but a large parking lot. FIGHT!
- Bay area development (between Long Beach Blvd & The LIRR Tracks): A much needed marina, more housing & retail opportunities vs. More traffic & who needs it. FIGHT!
- Bike Lanes: I want to be safe when I ride my bike vs. Bike riders are dangerous and don’t pay attention to cars. FIGHT!
- DecoBikes: Great for visiters vs. Too many bikes, it won’t work & what about our local bike stores? FIGHT!
- Retail & Restaurants on the boardwalk: A great idea vs. I don’t want Long Beach to look like Coney Island. FIGHT!
- Major events (Quiksilver Pro, Beach Tennis USA): Entertainment & putting Long Beach on the map vs. Traffic, headaches & fear of large crowds. FIGHT!
- Local events (Polar Bear, Irish Day, Fireworks): Civic Pride vs. traffic & parking issues. FIGHT!
- The conversion of dilapidated buildings to expensive condos (See: Aqua): I want to live there & it increases the value of my house vs. Too expensive for Long Beach and we don’t need the traffic or parking issues. FIGHT!
Some of these issues/ developments are ongoing, some are in the works, some are still a pipe dream. This is your SimCity (by the sea). What kind of Long Beach do you want? A quiet suburban beachside sprawl, or a walkable metropolis-by-the-sea?
Get off your silent platform and speak up.
COPY AND PASTE (& FIGHT!!):
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Bike Lanes –
Major Events –
Local events –
Conversion of old buildings –