Talk, talk, talk. Studies, studies, studies. Meetings, meetings, meetings. More time and money is wasted on TALK, STUDIES and MEETINGS, yet not a damn thing changes in the downtown area. The area is still a garbage mess, with litter and other assorted garbage all over the place blowing down the Ave or piled in some corner somewhere. The stores are still mostly crap, just store after store of beauty supply stores (about 20), beauty salons (a gazillion), 99 cent stores (some two and three next to each other), shitty electronic stores complete with jackass ghetto Mr. Microphone blasting in every body’s ear, these combo third world crap retail of assorted crap in big boxes out on the sidewalks, stores crowding sidewalks with displays that stick out illegally too far, run-down falling apart store fronts, livery cabs honking their damn horns constantly on the ave, I mean the list just goes on and on and then they wonder why “we actually haven’t seen that growth” as stated in the Times Ledger Article below.
Well, you are not seeing growth, because the area is a ghetto mess that pretty much caters to the lowest common denominator low-class ghetto folks including many of the new low-class immigrants. What civilized people want to shop in an area that is just a big outdoor third world ghetto flea market and total chaos with too much nonsense, not too mention, very few decent places to eat, VERY FEW. I mean nothing wrong with having a 99 cent store or a beauty supply store, but do we need dozens of the same crap. Not too mention several homeless shelters and big one, just a few blocks from the downtown area.
But go ahead and waste more money and time on studies, surveys and meeting, but don’t get to the crux of the problem, the cleaning up of the downtown area, enforcing litter laws and enforcing laws with businesses that block sidewalks with their crap merchandise. The business leaders and representatives for elected officials have FAILED this community, yet have spent a ton of money and for what and on what.
Just the same old bullshit, never changes.
From Times Ledger:
Business leaders talk downtown Jamaica development
Jamaica’s opportunities in business and transit are vast, according to a presentation made by the New York director of the Regional Plan Association to the directors and members of the Greater Jamaica Development Corporation.
Business leaders and representatives for elected officials attended the program at the Harvest Room in Jamaica Market at 90-40 160th St. May 18 to learn more about the RPA’s history and mission. The organization began as a collection of business leaders in the tri-state metropolitan area in 1922 to create “regional plans” that would chart the long-term future for New York, New Jersey and Connecticut.
The RPA has produced three such plans in its history, with a fourth scheduled for release in 2017. RPA New York Director Pierina Ana Sanchez was on hand at the meeting to detail Jamaica’s projected role in that plan.
“Since the 1960s, when we proposed there would be a lot more growth in Jamaica, we actually haven’t seen that growth, that promise,” she said. Sanchez cautioned, however, that many disagreed with the premise that Jamaica had not capitalized on opportunities.
Sanchez said the RPA conducted a market study in collaboration with Greater Jamaica Development Corporation and found several areas of untapped opportunity. Since office rents were lower in Jamaica compared to other areas, she said businesses might consider utilizing the second floors of office spaces along main streets like Jamaica Avenue and Sutphin Boulevard as co-working spaces for people who do not work out of an office.
“The economy is changing,” she said. “Folks don’t have the same 9-to-5 jobs they may have had a generation ago.”
In the market study, the RPA also proposed finding ways to better use space on the grounds of John F. Kennedy International Airport by moving cargo transportation businesses onto the airport property. Sanchez noted that the RPA had not yet completed its research of the area but wanted to present a snapshot of the organization’s progress.
“This is a midpoint report, our research is far from complete,” she said. “But we wanted to bring it to you to ask are we going in the right direction? Are we asking the right questions?”
In addition, Sanchez detailed the RPA’s analysis of transportation options in downtown Jamaica. Initial proposals included complete fare parity between the Long Island Rail Road and the subway system, and a transformation of the LIRR’s Atlantic Avenue branch into a new subway line.