What about here on East Main Street, Scott? I know it's a bit off the beaten track, but it would be nice to have the "square" on the East End, as to have people come all the way down Main Street. There is also grassy areas near the Beacon Falls that would make a great Main Street park area....if the trees were able to be cleared, and the shrubs trimmed....
Could someone please identify the blocks along Main that are considered the "Dead Zone." I walked the length of Main and back on Second Saturday, and I didn't see anywhere that could really be considered a dead zone. There are no boarded up blocks. There are no blocks without businesses. The middle of Main Street has a grocery store, a dry cleaners, a dollar store, the shipping place, Mr. V.s, a dance school, a kung fu school, Beehive, hair places, an ice cream shop, the library, Subway, a card shop, a pizza place, a travel agent... and I am sure I missed a few things. What's the deal? Do people just want to see this area restored so it looks like the west end?
I hate to sound like a naysayer, because public spaces are great and would serve the community well during the day, but wouldn't it just become another place for loitering and drug dealing at night?
I would like to see more the mayor and city council focus their energies on lowering taxes. I would like the city council to stop financially supporting any and all private entities (like pop warner football, etc). I would like to see the city get out of the rental business (ie. University Settlement). I would like to see the city council and mayor give all of their attention to the infrastructure of the city - police, fire, water, roads. Other than that, I would like to see the city government do everything that it can to lower the taxes in Beacon (or, at least, curb the ongoing increase). Of course, this might mean less energy being devoted to kitty cats, dogparks, and bicycles...but it will result in an improvement in the government's role the lives of its citizens.
I think these are very creative ideas that will result in wonderful improvements...
Good luck with these!!