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Dear BCN community,

 

May I ask what you think the city government should do that would lift our city to new levels? What goals should we aspire to reach? What is it that this city needs or wants or should do, more than anything else....from basic infrastructure like more parking spaces to ideals such as call-in or online polls on the bigger questions facing our city?  

 

Thank you, Steve Gold

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Comment by Hollis Bogdanffy-Kriegh on February 25, 2011 at 7:54am

Willy! You are helping us create a vision for Beacon! :-)

Out of all of these ideas will come a more crystalized picture of what the citizens (all of them, old and new) think is going to make Beacon more wonderful. The best part, I think is that many or most of these ideas are already in the works in some part, spearheaded by average citizens. I speak of the dog park, the childrens educational gardens, river pool, river fest etc. It is all there in embryonic form. The city and by extension, the county and the state where appropriate can help by supporting these grass root efforts with what ever public resources that may be available. I speak here of Main St. and urban forestry grants, obtaining funding for improving mass transit in the city,etc. I spoke earlier about the partnership between citizens and the city. This is really what I mean. The comprehensive plan is the map and the city guided by it's people will set the course.

Comment by Pam W on February 25, 2011 at 7:54am
waving willie - pub crawl wouldn't work in memorial park in March - the grounds are either too wet, even snowy.  but something has to change with the pub crawl - have an event that would be more family/kid friendly.  right now it is just a drunk fest.   
Comment by Hollis Bogdanffy-Kriegh on February 24, 2011 at 2:42pm
Wow! That IS wonderful. I certainly hope this good effort gets another chance.
Comment by Mark Roland on February 24, 2011 at 2:19pm

The Beacon Free Press is reporting that the Beacon Community Center may yet be revived. The Beacon Housing Authority, located next door to the city-owned BCC property, is ready to sign a lease and work with other local and regional groups (Nubian Directions, YouthBuild, etc.)  to provide programming.

What a fantastic opportunity for all the commentors below who would like to see our young people involved in pursuits other than petty vandalism! Who needs surveillance cameras when you can help change a life?

Comment by Hollis Bogdanffy-Kriegh on February 24, 2011 at 1:29pm
Ben, I loved Electric Windows! My neighbor did a lovely mural.... i think a city-wide crafts festival would be so great! More art, art, art is right! :-)
Comment by Ben Royce on February 24, 2011 at 1:07pm

Hollis: Of all the fairs and festivals, Electric Windows was a smash success last year, I really enjoyed that:

 

http://www.electricwindowsbeacon.com/

 

Open Space Gallery, Burlock Home, the artists, whoever else organized and contributed: bless you, well done.

 

Now expand: we have the mayor's ear, get more arts in the mix and make it a city-wide, craft-wide experience that shuts down the whole of Main Street end-to-end for an entire week in the middle of the Summer. Artists doing work right on the street: that's the hook. And by art, I mean crowd pleasing broad definitions: Orange County Choppers welding bikes? Sure. Origami masters? Why not. Wooden Boat making? Of course. If its a craft with an artistic bent, get it in the middle of Main Street for a week.

 

Hey, if Rhinebeck can cope with one week of tourist pandemonium during Dutchess County Fair week, we can do it too for the financial benefits and the profile raising good word. Less kiddie rides and animals and fried dough, more art, art, art. As a novelty, artists doing their work right in the street for a week, it could be a draw for the entire Northeast.

 

Comment by Hollis Bogdanffy-Kriegh on February 24, 2011 at 12:34pm
And... regarding dog friendliness... It can only help as far as I am concerned. I think Beacon is already pretty dog friendly. We have the wonderful Beacon Barks festival and I read just this morning that the city has approved a location for a new dog park. Very, very good news. Dog friendliness encourages strolling, which does encourage shopping. It all gets back to quality of life. Beacon certainly has it... and it is getting better.
Comment by Hollis Bogdanffy-Kriegh on February 24, 2011 at 12:23pm
I am looking at the DMV lot right now. (MY office over looks it). It is 2/3 full in the middle of a weekday. On the weekends it is EMPTY, EMPTY, EMPTY. I think it could be used more efficiently, especially on weekends,paired with an East Main to MTA/Dia shuttle. IMHO. (Apologies for redundancy here... :)
Comment by Hollis Bogdanffy-Kriegh on February 24, 2011 at 12:18pm

Also, I personally really enjoy all the street fairs and festivals that the city does. I think it sets us apart. I would love to see a street fair (perhaps set up along Main or in the DMV lot) devoted to the arts and crafts industry in Beacon, perhaps in the fall when folks are visiting the HV for the fall colors. We have a lot of great handmade stuff in Beacon and a lot of artisanal food.

Finally, i am one that thinks we may not need much more parking in Beacon. I do think we need to regulate the street parking along Main and I think we need to use the lots that we have in a better way.

Comment by Hollis Bogdanffy-Kriegh on February 24, 2011 at 12:10pm
Thanks Mayor, for all of the wonderful suggestions so far. It is very good to get feed back directly from you. It shows accountability and that is so rare in public servants these days... Anyway, I have been reading along and thinking about the positive suggestions made thus far. A few pages ago someone asked about towns that we may have enjoyed and what their attributes are. For me, the towns that I have most enjoyed are towns that have identified their heritage and have found ways to celebrate and share it with surrounding communities. Beacon does a lot of that and should find ways to keep it up. I also agree with those who have advocated for paying attention to quality of life issues and having zero tolerance for vandalism and petty street crime.

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