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09:26 PM ET (US)
09:00 AM ET (US)
I never post on this site but I am going to
I am going to say I agree with Samantha on all counts. She did mention DIA and while I love what they have brought to Beacon.. I just recently was informed that they do not pay taxes. That is a huge amount of money that could be helping offset costs. From what I see I on TV and by talking to people there seems to be a lott of things that need to be addressed in this City. Too many things are coming to the surface that the Coty wants to hide. I am going to continue to educate myself and watch. Hopefukky I will. Enable to continue to liive here
Its Just Satire FolksPerson was signed in when posted
04:16 PM ET (US)
Oh, my am I hungry. Did anyone get a spare bag of biscuits?
08:10 AM ET (US)
Lets start cleaning things up!
08:09 AM ET (US)
the question shouldd be who wrote the new comprehensive plan. It sure wasn't the old Beacon people. Fully adopted by our city council. Now we pay the price.
07:58 PM ET (US)
Dear HUH,

Your question was framed within a number of assumptions that need to be corrected prior to answering your question.

"Everyone" is an assumption. Unless you can prove that "Everyone" that is for "[No Hate] No Fear Everyone Is Welcome Here" is against local developments, then this part of your question is a baseless assumption resulting from a pre-conceived notion. In addition I'm not sure why you're assuming supporters of this sign/phrase in relation to Sanctuary and the backlash against development is somehow correlated. They are two completely different issues. One has to do with people acknowledging we have an outdated and broken immigration system that must be fixed, and since Congress has a habit of maintaining their low approval rating and poor representational performance, people are taking this issue into their own hands via establishing Sanctuary throughout the nation. The other has to do with our community being used as a cash cow, our resources from water, energy, public services, etc being taxed by an influx of new people who will only add to our current crowded Main Street and development that seeks to reap wealth rather than invest in our community.

Now on to answering your question.

As stated before our water supply limit, which remains at ~17,800 people and whose maximum build out is around 20,000 people, was nearly exceeded thanks to rapid development. Our population is around 16,800 now. Had the people of Beacon not made an issue of this perhaps development would have continued until we had sewage backing up into peoples houses. The City of Beacon has yet to find a new water source after nearly a year of search. We have a crowded Main Street and developers are not being held accountable for establishing their own parking. One as a matter of fact was handed public parking spaces so they wouldn't have to, diminishing public parking and handing it over to the powerful, and it has gotten so bad that tourists and locals alike shop less on Main Street since they can't park there. These developments don't invest in the community. They increase our population, in turn creating new local residents who will commute elsewhere to seek sustainable jobs, and it just so happens people often spend money where they make it. Thus we continue to become more of a bedroom community with a dependency on tourism, something we have little control over and thus is risky in the long-term, and we lose revenue from our own locals by building money makers for developers rather than developments that can generate wealth, revenue AND opportunity for locals in the form of jobs, programs, internships, etc. In addition these new locals will need services and support. Our current locals have been demanding this for years but have been made low priority by the current administration. Thankfully we have things like the Beacon Youth Police and Fire Dept Academies to recruit youth, but our local Ambulance Corps for example has been struggling to find volunteers. Now what would happen if, due to this increase in population, people call 911 more often than BVAC can respond? Or the Police? Fire Dept? What is our schools can't handle more children? We have yet to find that new water supply. We don't have more parking spaces and yet more people are going to live here and bring cars. More developments and variances will be proposed. How is our current infrastructure and resources being updated to sustain these new people?

Oh, that's right. They are not. Making money maintains priority over increasing local well-being and infrastructure.

Too much of anything is bad. Including success. Beacon's "revitalization" has become a nightmare for the very people that built Beacon into what it has become. Mind you it was not business that brought Beacon back. It was art. DIA. That museum is what began our comeback. Its important to remember when business in Beacon failed it was not business that gave us success. It was people. What has made this revitalization a nightmare is that we have become bankrupt of understanding the correlation between people/quality of life and wealth. For some reason some people think this development and additional revenue is somehow an indicator of success and the only indicator of success. It is not. Numerous fore-closures have taken place in Beacon. Life-long residents are being forced to re-locate. Historical areas like the Tioronda Bridge are on the chopping block, a national registry item over a century old, just so it can become a highway (whereas it could be a tourist attraction). The Eliza Street development will be several stories high. It was the lowest bidder that received that building. They are also the developer that acquired those free public parking spaces I mentioned earlier. The development next to the Beacon Natural Market cut into half the sidewalk before public backlash corrected the problem. Another development by the municipal building is feet away from an abandoned cemetery. Another will be 75 units of affordable housing for 50 years. After that 50 years the developer can turn the building into luxury condos too if they choose. The Dog Park has been eyed as a potential location for a future firehouse for a long time. This development is grotesque.

This is not sustainable. The ironic part is that a number of pro-development people have claimed that this is somehow helping us. I have yet to hear a compelling argument that proves that.
10:07 PM ET (US)
02:20 PM ET (US)
Been some time since a post.
Boy how things have change, no?
01:29 PM ET (US)
Thanks Sam. Go Cubs
C VesuviusPerson was signed in when posted
03:18 PM ET (US)
You know, one of the reasons I liked this discussion board, is that even when I post nothing, the local stalkers, the (blank)phobes, the anti(blanks) -- fill in the blank of your choice -- will reply to empty space, like the last comment. But I can't post the recap on a site that seems to be broken. The new blog will be up and running in a few weeks, as will a new facebook page, and I expect that the weekly recap will also be among the Huffpost blogs by June. In the meantime, have a great week good people.
Oh, Charlene
02:29 PM ET (US)
The once mighty Vesuvius goes out with a whimper.
Ann London
11:59 AM ET (US)
Just found this site.
Hope you don't shut it down now.
I like the Sunday summaries.
08:08 AM ET (US)
Seems Kelly won....
C VesuviusPerson was signed in when posted
09:55 AM ET (US)
Good people, I've given up trying to post the Sunday recaps on this site and sometime this week will start posting them on a new blog. I've been doing some research and think WordPress might be the engine that works best for me. I'll make some kind of announcement when it is up and running. Have a great week.
C VesuviusPerson was signed in when posted
05:16 PM ET (US)
i've tried several times today to no avail. Sorry.
Jim CypherPerson was signed in when posted
10:27 AM ET (US)
CV, third Sunday that I haven't received an inbound post message.
Not sure why this is. Sorry.
If sent already, please re-send.
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