33 Replies to “A reader wants to know what these black spots are. Gum, right?”

  1. Okay, so I took a key and carved into one of the thicker globs… looked like road tar. How it got on the sidewalks is a mystery. Some of the newer sections of sidewalk had fewer, but the sheer number of these black splotches down the south side of the Park Ave. business district is amazing.

  2. It would be a feather in the cap of the Chamber of Commerce, if they cleaned this unsightly mess up. Clean sparkling sidewalks make for good business.

  3. I agree that these spots are really gross to look at. I think it would be smart for the city to clean them up somehow. It takes away from the beauty of LB while walk on the sidewalks that have them.

  4. Latest casualties to the Democrats’ incessant tax increases are Long Beach Music and Gordon’s Variety store on the East End.

    Both of these 30+ year businesses cite the huge increases in taxes for their demise. Gordon’s is seeking a smaller location and LB Music is directing their clients to their Oceanside store (with taxes half of the Long Beach one).

    Don’t worry. At this rate the sidewalks in the business districts will be really, really clean.

  5. Sure, and that has nothing to do with the $4,426/month in commercial real estate taxes, right? But you wouldn’t know about that, Allison, because you don’t pay taxes or rent. The Greedy White Man pays it for you.

  6. The sign is the eviction complaint and court notice. It appears that the landlord trespassed into the closed store and glued it to the inside of the window.

  7. Those black spots go all the way up Edwards to the boardwalk ramp-not as many of them, but they’re still there. Are the birds responsible maybe?

  8. this is why in Singapore the sale of gum is illegal. But of course that is small manageable Singapore utopia and we can not expect that in the USA, but I tell you, the streets are clean clean clean over there. Not saying i want gum illegal. I just didnt realise how interesting of a rule that was until i went there and thought yeh wow our sidewalks are really dirty at home….everywhere

  9. Sadly true Jay. Just as sad, Sandra B ‘s comment to Allison B is so totally in-accurate and out of line. Sandra B seems to have a point to make (or an axe to grind?) but apparently can’t do it without disrespecting this wonderful blog that Anthony has created to enable such commentary. Taxes are high and rents are high except for businesses that can provide the quality and fill the need of the market that they serve. While I will miss Gordon’s, perhaps they did neither. Back to the subject of black spots, I’ve now checked three and they all seem to be road tar, not gum, but I’m no expert on this. Meanwhile, the spots aside, the sidewalks along the south side of Park Avenue were in terrible shape on Saturday morning. A very unappetizing place to shop or eat out. I would hope that either our city or the chamber could figure out a way to do a major wash down. As Richard said what a feather in the cap it would be for the chamber to take this on!

  10. @TTMS, sorry my post offended you. I was merely expressing the irony of a welfare and Section 8 recipient defending high taxes. Sort of like a disclosure.

    We each have our own axe to grind. Mine is confiscatory flood insurance and taxes that have doubled in five years. Yours is gum on the sidewalk.

    I’m so ignorant.

  11. Well, I suppose engaging you beyond this response would make me guilty of what I accused you and I will not take the bait by affirming your ignorance, but do know the following:

    While she is anonymous and therefore largely unharmed by your accusations, I happen to have the pleasure of knowing AllisonB as a hard working, fully employed, very bright, and civic minded neighbor (even as we occasionally disagree on issue positions and tone of presentation). You are dead wrong in your depiction of her.

    Confiscatory flood insurance rates? Go talk to an insurance actuary. No private companies will touch the flood insurance market thus creating a FEMA underwritten program that amounts to what others have called a “welfare” style insurance for middle class coastal homeowners. I thank my lucky stars that our rates are not market driven even as you would, I suppose, reject the type of program that I think makes sense, a natiional disaster insurance plan funded by taxes and fees, similar to Social Security, as ” socialism”.

    Gum on the sidewalk is not the primary concern here, it is merely a symbol for what many have commented about on various threads of this blog: the unattractive conditions of our downtown and the belief that they contribute to a less than optimal atmosphere for successful commerce and a more dynamic business culture. I am hoping, as I believe Richard is, to get the business owners, the chamber, to consider pooling some resources to address a problem that we believe, once eradicated, will strengthen their appeal and their bottom lines.

    You’ve ignored my statement that taxes are high and rents are high EXCEPT for businesses that provide the quality and fill the needs of the markets they serve. Allow me to add that when you look at property taxes in LB relative to other communities and school districts on LI they seem middling. Maybe this is not the case for commercial. Please inform if you can with comparatives.

  12. TTMS, we obviously have differing viewpoints. You like the notion that the government is forcing me to subsidize you flood losses. I believe that nobody should force me to pay for your losses.

    Allison too, believes government should force me to subsidize her rent. I think she should have made better choices so that she could pay her own bills.

    Taxes are high. We agree on that. If you pull out your tax bills, you’ll agree that the City of Long Beach, under the Democrats over the past several years increased taxes at rate unprecedented since 1933.

    Commercial decline remains a challenge. That we both agree. There are many reasons for this, local, national and social. Certainly shopping habits have changed and local business is hard pressed to survive.

    Perhaps you can agree that maybe, just maybe, the City Council could consider not increasing spending and hiring to avoid another 35% tax increase on business? Perhaps the City Council could limit the number of new appointed positions for Brookhaven cronies just so that those driven out by Sandy could avoid a 50% City Tax increase?

    As a proponent of socialism, TTMS, can’t you see that all the social welfare your endorse means nothing if we can no longer afford to live here?

  13. Sandra, forget it. This is the guy that posts that the city lowered your taxes.

    You might as well be talking to your beagles.

  14. John, you must have some clogged lines in your head, I have never posted any such thing and, having to pay my taxes directly as opposed to via mortgage escrow, know very well exactly how much my taxes have increased..
    Sandra, I think comparisons to other communities are required in order to define “high”. Yes, I too want efficient government to control tax increases, I just can’t jump on your bandwagon of partisan blame as I read the City’s financial health grades being regularly upgraded during the course of this administration after the mismanagement of the past one. And no, I’m not a socialist. I’m just suggesting that when the marketplace cannot and will not provide a necessary product, like flood (disaster ) insurance at an affordable cost, maybe it makes sense to properly fund government programs to do it. The Feds ended up provided significant financial assistance after Sandy anyway, a considerable amount to the uninsured. I have been paying for my flood insurance for 33 years. Thank you for your thoughtful reply.

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