UPDATE: Ok, some confusion over what I wrote here. I’m not saying how Long Beach is like Montauk in the sense of structure and community. It’s merely an example of what’s been happening to all of Long Island: middle class is being pushed out. What was once affordable, is no longer. Read this article: Seasonal-only rental trend worsens East End housing crunch
I’m reading comments in this thread, watching my readers fight over affordability, section-8 housing and expensive one family homes. I do love how our community is for all, but sustainability is soooo freakin’ important. I’m worried Long Beach will go down the same path as Montauk, which is becoming ‘vacationland’ for the extremely rich, who are served by the extremely poor living in deplorable conditions:
“Drew Charles, 47, an East Hampton carpenter who created a Facebook group in 2013 to connect Hamptons renters with available homes, said the housing crisis has eroded what was a tight-knit community of South Fork locals — fishermen, tradespeople, retirees, middle-class professionals and service-industry workers who lived and worked there year-round.
“It’s not a community anymore,” he said. “It’s a vacationland.” [LINK]
We need to find balance and sustainability through jobs, population cap, tourism, zoning, transportation, etc.
A sustainable community is one that resembles a living system where all of the resources (human, natural and economic) are renewed and in balance for perpetuity. [LINK]
The city wants us to take the Comprehensive Plan Update and Local Waterfront Revitalization Program Survey [LINK] ‘to determine the City’s long term goals over the next 30 years.’ The last meeting is this Thursday, June 18th. North Park, MLK Center @ 7pm [LINK].
The City of Long Beach wants your opinion on ways to shape the City in the future! Through the New York Rising Community Reconstruction Plan process, similar to the boardwalk visioning, the community has already spoken on resiliency measures, so this community survey focuses on the next steps forward for the City. The ideas presented are concepts in draft form at this point. Can’t attend any of the public information meetings
Visit https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/LongBeachListens to take the survey today!