You Tell Us: Big Ideas for Making Main Street Better

Locals are bound to have their own big ideas for bettering their community. Let's share them.

Like many Long Island main streets, the economy impacts Main Streets in Montauk, East Hampton Village, and Amagansett. It's times like these that people get to thinking about the home they love so much, coming up with their own ideas to improve them, be them wild stretches of the imagination or practical fixes that are altogether doable.

So let's hear them.

In the spirit of putting the local dreamer and the civic leaders on the same plane, we'd like to give all locals the opportunity to share their big ideas. In this forum, no idea should be shot down. Instead, let's gather as many suggestions as we can so we can later narrow the list down to the 10 most popular ideas for each community.

We can't wait to hear what you come up with so post in the comment section below. 

Yvette Somekh October 17, 2012 at 12:35 PM
Landlords create leases for a 12 month presence. Stop the Memorial Day to Labor Day nonsense. We have regulations for everything. How about a few regulations to make East Hampton as attractive in winter as it is in summer. All the other villages put regulations in place so they don't turn into East Hampton. Nice, huh?
Lady L October 17, 2012 at 01:29 PM
If taxes were reduced, shops could be rented out for less.
tm October 18, 2012 at 01:15 PM
i agree with the concept of what you are saying. but i dont think its necessarily the taxes that are driving the high rents, its the market and the value placed on the properties due to their location.
Jan Lehre October 18, 2012 at 02:20 PM
I didn't realize other villages had such regulations but that may explain why Bridgehampton's Main has no stores, and why I never really have use for the stores on Southampton's Main (not to say that the boutiques aren't very pretty). I'll gladly take the EHV situation over those other two villages that have become one big car dealership and home fixtures warehouse. The Village has enough to deal with to create conditions for a good Main St experience, but market forces should drive what happens in stores, how long they stay open etc (it's already very hard to get a business going on our Main Streets...it took Mary's Marvelous months longer than expected to open a simple, year-round and highly-in-demand shop).
Hope October 26, 2012 at 02:08 AM
Could I draw some attention a little further down Main to the library -Guild Hall stretch? Please add a crosswalk, like in town (not askng for a light) as I have seen so many people and nannies and/or moms with children and strollers risking their lives to get across. It's ridiculous that these two buildings aren't linked safely considering all the events and daily patronage they have. Im sure both would benefit from more foot traffic and if a crosswalk there they 'd probably see a natural trickle from across the street. Further, i doubt very much it would impact traffic, just save some lives. Drivers here are ridiculous and dont slow for pedestrians willingly. As for town..how about luring a restaurant to face out to street (Main) with outdoor seating allowed in summer...lights on with people inside looks festive and inviting all year round. Too much retail...


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