Another mural is currently being painted over at West End Automotive & Auto Body on W. Beech Street and Vermont Street. As a Star Wars nerd since the very beginning, words cannot describe how happy I am to see this.
Photos courtesy of Peter Scherer, who tells me more murals will be coming to Long Beach in the near future.
Barring any appeals from our city, Newsday reports that this matter is possibly coming to an end:
A Nassau County judge reversed a 2003 Long Beach Zoning Board decision revoking the building permit from a developer seeking $50 million in damages from the city.
……[Nassau Supreme Court Justice Jack] Libert’s decision does not award any damages in the case, but reinstates the revoked building permit within 30 days. The city was also required to install underground water utilities and extends the Haberman building permit filed in 1992. [NEWSDAY]
I know there are a lot of residents in Long Beach who don’t want any more large condo development, but we cannot handle another legal surcharge on our tax bills. We have no money. We have to borrow every time something needs to be fixed. We still have to deal with the iStar lawsuit. We were recently named #1 in fiscal stress in New York State. We still have no city manager. Plus we have that comprehensive plan which… um.. uhhh. I’m not going there. The point is, we need to move on. I often fantasize how our city should just fold and be handed over to the City of Seattle. Yep, I would bypass all of New York and eastern seaboard. Those Pacific Northwest cities seem to know what they’re doing….
E-Scooters are not a fad. They are not going away. Many cities across the country are embracing them because they are the ultimate cure for traffic, parking and pollution. Tacoma has them, Seattle very soon, and now NYC is drafting legislation to bring them to the Rockaways, Staten Island and other parts of the city:
“E-scooter legislation is being crafted as commuters get familiar with pedal-assist e-bike sharing services launched over the summer. Riders have rushed down Bay Street on Staten Island and across the Rockaway Boardwalk without breaking a sweat thanks to the small, battery-powered motors that provide an extra kick when the pedals are in motion.
…….Not everyone can ride a bike and not everyone wants to ride a bike every day,” [Paul Steely White, the executive director of Transportation Alternatives] continued. “And these [e-scooters] really have the potential to democratize and mainstream city-friendly efficient transportation. So let’s get with the program and figure out how to make room for them on the streets.” [AMNY]
As long as the car-loving -baby-boomers are in control (easy, I’m generalizing here), E-Scooters will never properly be embraced in Long Beach anytime soon….. but if we want to keep the young here, fight traffic, parking issues and be kind to the environment, it might be a good idea for our officials to start looking into it. I guarantee you are going to hear about these vehicles more and more in the future.
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