NY TIMES: “Long Beach, N.Y., with a year-round population of 33,000, has also been refreshing its downtown near the train station over the last couple of decades. The city has provided incentives to spruce up signage and facades, remodeled pavements and crosswalks, and provided more parking. A smorgasbord of ethnic restaurants flowered on Park Avenue, the main street.
Not sure what Park Avenue smorgasbord of ethnic restaurants they are talking about. We are doing ok, but could do better in that department, but check out the NY Times article on Long Island communities efforts to keep the young adults from moving away: Suburbs Try to Prevent an Exodus as Young Adults Move to Cities and Stay.
“A recent report on the suburb-dotted New York counties of Westchester, Nassau and Suffolk, based on United States census data, found that those young people seem to be lingering longer in New York City, sometimes forsaking suburban life entirely.
Demographers and politicians are scratching their heads over the change and have come up with conflicting theories. And some suburban towns are trying to make themselves more alluring to young residents, building apartment complexes, concert venues, bicycle lanes and more exotic restaurants.
I have mentioned this point of view countless times before, the last being just a few days ago with Patchogue. Young Adults are primarily moving away from Long Island because of the lifestyle. Yes, affordable housing is an issue, but the younger generation, for the most part, wants walkable communities with arts, culture and a sense of being. Read the full article here: Suburbs Try to Prevent an Exodus as Young Adults Move to Cities and Stay. Thank you Michael for the link!