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I suppose publicity is a good thing for Beacon, as it helps to bring in tourists who spend money.
But just once I'd like to read an article in which the journalist displays some curiosity about the place he/she is writing about. There's a compelling and important story to be told about Beacon, about the entire Hudson Valley really. These writers are mostly interested in maintaining a certain narrative as they write a travelogue for the educated artsy crowd .
And yeah, the train station smells bad.
The plantings at the train station are terribly neglected. I've been tempted to start pulling up weeds. How can we complain to the MTA? Maybe we should organize some guerilla gardening.
You're right, the train station could use some attention. Cigarette butts everywhere, platform not cleared of snow during the morning rush, trash cans overflowing at night, weeds, trash all over the parking lot, etc.
I'm looking forward to the comments on this site about the article.
Unfortunately, the first impression visitors to Beacon may make if they arrive on the Metro North train, is based on the nasty urinal smell on the platform, stairs, and tunnel! It seems to be stronger at night, probably because the wind is calmer or non-existent. If a good pressure washing of the station could be done, along with some things (I don't know what) to make it look and smell better, I think it would be a big improvement. It would probably take video cameras and notices of them and fines to stop the people from using the platform/stairs/tunnel for a urinal, and maybe a few arrests/fines, before it could be effectively prevented. I'm not a fan of "big brother", but the train station is clearly public and I don't think people would mind camera surveillance.
The article isn't bad, but the write or editor dropped the ball on the title.
They don't have to flatter us but it would be nice not to insult us either.
More exposure for Beacon is only good I guess.
PLEASE! Can they be anymore over dramatic. Wow, 1999. Gee lets see, I was in the same location then and had plenty of families and kids and no drug problems.
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