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You Tell Us: Big Ideas for Making Glen Cove Better

As the local landscape changes with the waterfront redevelopment, and downtown fights to remain a commercial hub, locals are bound to have big ideas for their community. Let's hear them.

Glen Cove is a place in flux. Former industrial sites are being cleaned up and repurposed, the downtown is hoping to attract new businesses to fill vacancies, and the ideological differences between residents and business owners who say they know what the problems are play out regularly in our comment streams.

It's times like these that people get to thinking about the home they love so much, coming up with their own ideas - be them wild stretches of the imagination or practical fixes that are altogether doable - to keep Glen Cove great into the forseeable future.

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 for Glen Cove. 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 the Glen Cove community.

We can't wait to hear what you come up with.

The city is doing its own collection of ideas, launching a website where residents and visitors can participate in a survey about shopping and dining downtown.

To take the survey, visit www.GlenCoveSurvey.com.

Thomas Howard October 05, 2012 at 11:18 AM
1. Ask this question to "the local dreamers" BEFORE "the civic leaders" make their deals and decisions behind closed doors. 2. Get rid of "the civic leaders" who had defaced and degraded what was once a beautiful maritime community. 3. Install as "civic leaders" people with a vision for our next generation. People who can answer "Who is going to be here after us and why will they want to be here?"
Catuzza October 05, 2012 at 01:02 PM
There is a survey by the City about downtown that (hopefully) the government will take into consideration: www.glencovesurvey.com
Pazzo October 08, 2012 at 01:15 PM
Preserve green space & character in lieu of massive project, imo.
Vin NY October 08, 2012 at 05:00 PM
Please no more apts and low cost housing.
anar October 10, 2012 at 12:15 AM
It really shouldn't be as difficult as it is today. What makes our downtown and other local downtowns distinct and attractive? The hometown feel, being able to go to a mom and pop store or eat at a restaurant where you know the owners on a first name basis. Being able to spend a day at the beach and having a favorite lunch spot 10 minutes away. How do we recreate this? Incentivize our downtown as a destination for these businesses. Anthony's Casual Dining is a perfect example. They lasted only 4 months. Sure, most small businesses will eventually fail. But rather than watching this process occur in 4 months, why can't the city give these businesses an attractive low-risk environment where, of course the chance of failure remains, but with a greater chance of survival? If the City of Glen Cove provided this to local businesses, you would see many more people taking a chance, with hopefully a majority of them coming out on top. Instead, we have this negative cycle where more and more just get up and leave or simply can't afford it anymore.

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