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As it stands unless Albany steps in, MTA will raise fares and this would effect anyone coming and going to Beacon via train esp. commuters.
The price would be according to one report 30 % increasing which is another 50.oo added to a monthy pass. I'm sure to some this would be a push to do more work from home or join coworkers group, but not all can do that. There are families who are struggling and can't do another 50.00.
Also I wonder if this could have an effect on people moving here. People have complained about the price of commuting. I know there is a give and take. Also fear this would force people to drive.

http://cityroom.blogs.nytimes.com/2009/03/25/mta-board-meets-to-vote-on-fare-hikes/

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Comment by Dana Devine O'Malley on April 25, 2009 at 10:21pm
I'm curious. Where are you getting your info from? Any scientist worth his salt agrees that the Earth's temperature is rising at an increasing rate. It is true the temperature has fluctuated throughout time, but it is apparent that humans are responsible for this latest, preventable warming. (Check out a few maps showing the shrinking glaciers, if you need evidence). Again, I defer to the scientists not the talking heads and corporate politicians.
As far as the MTA, your argument makes no sense. The increase has to do with oversights with spending, corruption, and flat-out greed. This has more to do with the wheeling and dealing of oil companies and tax breaks for the rich for the past eight years and now Joe Citizen is left holding the bag. Corporate owned media has done a number on Joe Citizen, enough to make him think and react against his own best interests. Defending the the machine that grinds you ... brilliant!
Comment by Steve Knowles on April 25, 2009 at 6:15pm
I have to chime in here. The globe has been warming for the past 18,000 years or so (since the last glacial epoch). The average Joe Citizens of this country have been duped by Al Gore and his liberal media minions. Did you notice that they changed the terminalogy for this "crisis", from "global warming" to "climate change"? It wasn't by accident. The global temperature data from the past 10 years showed essentially no increase. Of coure, now that summer is coming, perhaps they'll start referring to it as "man-made global warming" again. Actually, they don't even seem to include the "man-made" part of it.

Finding a way to levy huge taxes and alter human society due to natural phenomena....brilliant!
Comment by Mark Roland on April 1, 2009 at 2:44pm
Actually, Tara, your case may not exactly be rare (and hopefully is on the rise) but it is not the norm. And please be careful--drugs, wine, and hardware do not mix.

Unfortunately, another "basic" business has folded, as Sole Man shoe repair is gone. I'm trying to find out more info, if anyone knows anything.
Comment by Tara T. on April 1, 2009 at 2:34pm
As a long-time resident, my use of Main Street has grown exponentially over the past 10 years, and not just for grocery shopping. I get my clothes tailored on Main Street, grab dinner and coffee and snacks from many of the great eating establishments on Main Street, use the local pharmacy (not Rite-Aid) on Main Street, and frequently visit the hardware store and wine shop.

I know I can't speak for the "majority" of Beacon's citizens, but I'm pretty sure my case is not rare.
Comment by Frank on April 1, 2009 at 12:35am
Well, I kinda like Beacon as it is today and for where it's going, and I think increases in the train fares might actually encourage people to appreciate this city even more for the unique features it offers. That said I hope the federal and state governments do everything possible to mitigate the potentially negative effects of higher train fares on working class Beaconites, their neighbors, and their guests.

Ideally we should be seeing substantially greater public funding and investments in all types of train systems, locally, regionally, and nationally.
Comment by Dana Devine O'Malley on March 31, 2009 at 9:53pm
Certain people that live in a glass house on Mt Beacon (high above all the little people) should NOT throw stones especially at the people who use Metro North.
Comment by Mark Roland on March 31, 2009 at 5:40pm
Nobody is disputing Beacon's demographics. But in your initial comments, you were suggesting the Metro North fare hikes would be a blessing, discouraging "city folk" from moving here (close the door behind you, Charlene) and contributing to Beacon turning more bedroom community and encouraging sprawl. I don't see it.

It's not exactly accurate to say local residents ceded Main Street. Main Street failed because of many different economic, social, and cultural shifts in the last 50 years, and there was nothing left to withdraw from. Trying to rebuild it has failed mostly because of those factors still being dominant, not because people don't have a desire to see a vibrant town.

I like some of your points, particularly the Hawaiian shirt idea. I have several vintage ones I no longer use (me being not very young and not very hip;^) I also would like to see more diverse crowds at various events, but that can be a tricky thing to pull off. Some of these ideas in one form or another are being discussed by various committees. I know that often seems like a dirty word, but they do sometimes bear fruit. A case in point is the new way-finding signs directing visitors to Dia and Main Street. The new city website (launch imminent) started with an idea and a committee. Committees involving Main Street, the Fishkill Creek, and the waterfront are finishing their presentations to the city council. Venessa, the best place to get started is to go to city council meetings. They are Mondays at 7:30, with alternate Mondays being group workshops at 7.
Comment by Venessa Miemis on March 31, 2009 at 1:53pm
charlene, i think those are excellent. library vote, check. gospel cafe and garden club - what are those? getting drug/prison rehab clinic off main - how do you go about doing that? gas station hangouts, agreed - i'm nervous to walk down main past dusk because of the sketchy crowds that mill around. how do we get 'no loitering' enforced? the 8th i'm ALL about too... how? have you ever organized anything before? (honestly asking). because i haven't, and though i have ideas, i've never been involved with community planning, and i don't really know where to start with a lot of things. it seems like others are in this boat too? i sense a lot of enthusiasm, but then no one steps up to do something, we all just kinda pat each other on the back for good ideas. again, myself completely included in that. i want to actually DO something. where do we start?
Comment by Venessa Miemis on March 31, 2009 at 12:28pm
but if a Main Street WAS shaped that provided products and services at a quality level and price that was reasonable, wouldn't it draw those residents back to their own town?
Comment by Mark Roland on March 31, 2009 at 11:28am
Once again you take a sentence out of context--whether people commute to the city or work locally or must drive to Connecticut, whether they've live here 20 years or 2 months, many are looking to Beacon to provide a sense of community," First of all, that sentence includes everyone. And it does not in any way imply that people have failed to find community, only that, naturally, many seek it. I feel completely part of this community, all 14,000 souls. Even you, when you roll into town.

I'm curious who you know and what you know about the "other" 13,700 people, Charlene. It is your rhetoric that appears arrogant, with your championing of the "working class," which somehow excludes people who have moved to the area more recently. Nobody does well to "cede Main Street." What happens on Main will have an impact on most people in town, whether they acknowledge it or not. Whenever it comes to involvement, there is always a certain percentage of people who get vocal, and among those, another (smaller) percentage who get off their asses and try to make a difference. I'm not sure what you mean by "outreach." The daily fact of living among others in an interested and concerned way is outreach.

I interact with plenty of people in town. My friends and neighbors are black and white, working class and unemployed, long-time residents and newly arrived and everything in between. Sure, there are divides, but they are by no means new, they've been here and they will to some extent always remain. Your perspective is that of some 19th century social scientist looking at the natives. You have a fascination with labeling people and things, and that kind of talk never gets to the truth of the matter. It's kind of laughable you talking about arrogance.

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