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What Would You Improve in Huntington?

Share your thoughts here on how to make Huntington a better place to live.

Like many communities on Long Island, Huntington has great things to offer residents, but could always use improvements.

Schools continue to provide students a solid education, but the tax cap and unfunded mandates are making things difficult. Burglaries seem to have become a bit more commonplace.

And while there are success stories around Huntington, vacancies, such as the former Blockbuster store on Jericho Turnpike or the old Dairy Barn on New York Avenue, still exist and the need to attract new business continues.

It's times like these that people get to thinking about the home they love so much, coming up with their own ideas, whether they're wild stretches of the imagination or practical fixes that are altogether doable, to keep all of Lindenhurst great into the foreseeable future.

In the spirit of putting the local dreamer and the civic leaders on the same plane, we'd like to give all locals the opportunity to share their big ideas for Huntington. In this forum, no idea should be shot down.

Instead, let's gather as many suggestions as we can so we can later narrow the list down to a short list of the most popular ideas for our community.

We can't wait to hear your ideas. Please share them in the comments section, below.

C.M.G-R October 15, 2012 at 06:39 PM
I have a few thoughts. I know the town of Hudson along the Hudson Valley has, in the last twenty years, made it very attractive for small businesses to open -- providing caps on rents, wavers for certain fees, free or subsidized advertising, financing ribbon-cutting ceremonies during grand openings. Hudson has transformed from a rundown town known for New York State Troopers' raids of local brothels to an ethnically diverse and bustling art, antiques, and culinary mecca popular with weekenders taking the Metro North up from Manhattan. It's really been a wonderful transition. I see Huntington moving in the opposite direction. I've lived in the village for less than five years, and already I've seen nearly half of the small businesses on Gerard Street shutter or move, and many on Main Street have closed as well. Rents are so steep that small businesses cannot thrive and are pushed out. Most of the restaurants here that manage to continue are owned by the same groups of people. While the opening of Paramount was promising, and parking lots seems fuller than ever on Friday nights, businesses are continuing to close around here. The town must provide incentives for businesses to open and provide assistance to keep them thriving. I'd also like to live to see Huntington Station revitalized, as well, while respecting and reflecting the cultural diversity it contains.
majortom1981 October 15, 2012 at 06:46 PM
I work on main street but do not live in huntington. Rent for businesses has to be reduced. I count 12 empty stores on the main street portion. Thats a lot of empty stores.
JSC October 16, 2012 at 12:47 PM
I've lived in Huntington for 58 years now! What I've witnessed in the village is a transformation from a user-friendly shopping area to a visitor-friendly shopping area. My mother and I used to come into the village everyday for all sorts of shopping needs - the supermarket, the drug store, the butcher, the 5&10, the toy store, the fabric store, the knitting store, the card store, the shoe store, the clothing store, the hamburger joint etc. Granted, some of these types of stores are in place in the village today, but they are either far too pricey for the everyday needs of the middle class or they don't carry the products that people need on a day-to-day basis. Owners of buildings in town have obviously become far too greedy, as we see many businesses leaving when the rents are raised to levels that store owners can't meet every month. With our economy still trying to recuperate, it might be nice if rents were brought down for awhile so the businesses have a chance of making it. Empty stores don't do anyone any good. Let's also consider trying to get back to a more neighborhood friendly downtown, where locals can do their everyday shopping without having to travel out to a Target or a BJ's or other "big box" or huge chain store to get what they need at a decent price. I've long said we have more than enough bars and restaurants and gift shops!
John Fay October 16, 2012 at 04:58 PM
Start with ticketing all loiters on Depot Rd. and Rt. 110 south of LIIR Huntington Station.

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