More fucking money wasted on yet another useless fucking study about an issue that we already know about. We don’t need a fucking study, we need action. We need that area to be cleaned up, we need enforcement of litter laws, we need to hold business owners accountable for the clean-up in front of their place. The last time I looked, Hillside Avenue was in New York City in the USA, not some shit slum place in Bangladesh.
Studies are for cases were we do not know what the issue or problem is, not for issues we already know about. We know that trucks drive illegally on residential streets, we don’t need a damn study. We know there are tons of slumlords, we don’t need a fucking top ten list of slumlords produced by the Public Advocate.
WE NEED ACTION, something very unfamiliar to elected officials and leaders. And who is seated at the table of this useless study, none other than one of the biggest useless elected officials, Senator Leroy Comrie. Elected officials are like consultants, major scam artists.
I have done my own study of Hillside Avenue for several years, we all are just waiting for action. And by the way, do we need 10 fucking pharmacies all right next to each other in a three block radius.
From Queens Chronicle:
Study planned for local businesses
Greater Jamaica Dev. Corp. chief reveals plan to crowd at forum
Greater Jamaica Development Corporation CEO and President Hope Knight revealed at a legislative forum in Hillcrest that her organization would study businesses on Union Turnpike and Hillside Avenue this summer.
“With respect to focusing on some of the Hillside and the Union Turnpike Merchants Association, I have talked with some of the folks,” Knight said at the forum, which was organized by the Jamaica Estates Association.
“And I think that we can work with a team of interns this summer to put together a map and some organization around the businesses.”
Knight, who was appointed to the City Planning Commission last December and started leading the Greater Jamaica Development Corporation last year, has worked to attract investment to the area.
“And I think that’s the start of creating some information that provides for consumers as well as the other businesses to know what’s on the strip,” she added.
The study, which is planned to begin in May, comes at a critical time for business in the area.
Jamaica Estates Association President Edward Toriello, who read questions on index cards from audience members, said that several people have told him that they are concerned about businesseses on the main thoroughfares, which are central to commerce in Fresh Meadows, shutting down.
“It’s clear to the Jamaica Estates Association board of directors that a strong business district at Union Turnpike and a strong business district on Hillside Avenue are good for this community,” Toriello said. “Invariably, they start with an active merchants association.”
The possibility of establishing a business improvement district was one idea discussed. BIDs provide sanitation and other municipal services that go beyond what the city can provide. They have also been used for projects like streetlight constructions designed to attract shoppers and boost economic growth. There are 52 of them throughout the five boroughs.
The Hillside Avenue business community, which is less unified than its Union Turnpike counterpart, might just get one.
“We are currently working with Greater Jamaica Development Corporation on potentially developing a business improvement district along Hillside Avenue,” Lancman said. “Hillside Avenue has many needs that the Union Turnpike side of Jamaica Estates doesn’t.”
Assemblyman David Weprin (D-Fresh Meadows) also offered some useful pointers for attracting more shoppers.
“As Ed pointed out, the issue with merchants on Union Turnpike, there have been issues that are constant over the years,” said Weprin, who said he went to the street often when he was growing up. “They used to have a regular street fair on the weekend on Union Turnpike, and maybe that’s something that we should look to re-establish as well.
Other concerns at the forum were voiced about issues that can inhibit business in the community along with general quality-of-life issues affecting people in the area, like graffiti and careless dogwalkers.