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You Tell Us: Big Ideas for Making Main Street Better

Locals are bound to have their own big ideas for bettering their community. Let's share them.

Like many Long Island main streets, the economy has had an effect on the Main Streets in Westhampton Beach, Hampton Bays, Quogue and East Quogue. It's times like these that people get to thinking about the home they love so much, coming up with their own ideas to improve them, be them wild stretches of the imagination or practical fixes that are altogether doable.

So let's hear them.

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. 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 the 10 most popular ideas for each community.

We can't wait to hear what you come up with so post in the comment section below. 

Stacey Reister October 15, 2012 at 02:26 PM
For me, I am very pleased to see the changes taking place since the new Concerned Citizens of Hampton Bays has been formed. A lot of businesses in town have added new paint and did a "spruce up" of their establishments and they look great! I think we can add to that tho... we just had a huge, successful San Generro Festival, and we had a lot of fun. It brought a lot of people together. Why not build on that tho, and have the local businesses decorate the front of their stores with red and green also? Maybe put out a flag, or tie some balloons on an open door or a table of things from your business on the sidewalk to help encourage foot traffic? Even red and green clothes in the window, or red and green bows on the tree. This helps to invite people in. It can be followed for the other holidays and events of the year. But it needs to start early in the month, not just a few days before. It gets people excited and we feel invited. Last week, I was in Southampton at night, and the trees are adorned with pink ribbons for breast cancer, and there were actually Christmas lights on, white ones, up and down main street. It was beautiful and festive... and then I came home, where it just didn't seem as inviting, although progress is being made in the right direction, Keep up the good work!
Joe G October 15, 2012 at 05:18 PM
While sitting in the window seat at Gator's yesterday I was looking at the windows of various businesses in the area and thinking about these articles discussing improving the look of Main St. The advertising displayed is all over the place. If you want the town to look better some standards and have to be set. Entire windows filled with advertising of different services with color, black and white, different fonts, pictures, huge letters, small letters, faded photos, bullet point lists, and other assorted methods of advertising just add to a cluttered, sloppy, unappealing look. I think if shop owners are to be allowed this type of advertisement perhaps putting a limit on the amount for each window would help the look. Maybe allow it only on the bottom 25% of the window, with uniform lettering for all would make an aesthetically unattractive necessity look better. I can't imagine it would be too expensive for the shopkeepers, as this does not even address their awnings.
Jacqueline Sirignano October 15, 2012 at 05:23 PM
Main Street must be paved. The merchants should decorate the exterior of their stores for every holiday or any special events that are happening. Customers love plants/flowers in every season. They are so inviting. Possibly have side walk sales during holidays/special events which are very successful in Westhampton Beach and Southampton. New paint jobs for the stores that need them. I am confident Hampton Bays will have a whole new look by next Summer. Keep up the great work!
STB October 15, 2012 at 09:42 PM
Develop Good Ground Park. Revisit Araiys Designs' concept, to include a large green space within the park so there is an alternative to holding concerts in a parking lot. Connect the parking lots between the post office and Liggett's. Remove fence/hedge between Liggett's and Chase. Place planters in parking lot of Liggett's. Ask Liggets to relocate vending machines so the backs are not against windows. Kreig's, great bakery, although, in serious need of a sprucing up. Open an exit from the movie theatre to good ground road.
Erica Jackson (Editor) October 16, 2012 at 12:26 AM
Nanette Jackson Catena said via Facebook, :A fresh coat of paint goes a long way, as well as nice window displays, white lights, clean sidewalks. We have a beautiful little hamlet. It just needs a little TLC. A little friendly holiday decorating contest could be fun, too!"
Ralebird October 16, 2012 at 06:57 AM
Wasn't the driveway from the movie to Good Ground required in the original CO for the building when it was renovated? Why wasn't it done then; the town dropping the ball, maybe? Was all the required landscaping completed in the parking lots?
b October 16, 2012 at 02:45 PM
I thought you were right ralebird. They were supposed to put in a driveway. Guess that was forgotten. That fence between the two places was a big argument, not it is just an unsightly mess.
Jim October 17, 2012 at 04:11 AM
The parking lot in front of liggetts needs a row of Flowers or green along the sidewalk. its just ugly the way it is now. Too many phone and cabletv wires hanging around town. A lot of this could be consolidated into one wire carrying multiple phone numbers and cable service to different customers. there is no need for all these separate wires. i know Im retired from verizon.Some could be buried but its expensive to do so.

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