Once Again We Have Been Dumped On
As a resident of the Rockaways for the past 38 years, it is so disheartening to write this letter in reference to what is happening once again here. It seems as though the people in power do not see the beauty, the potential of this peninsula.
In the 70s, they flooded the area with projects, nursing homes and rehabilitation centers. Now after flooding the area with too many houses that people are not buying, we are being flooded with section-8 tenants and mentally challenged individuals who have been placed in halfway houses on the peninsula. Is it any wonder that the peninsula is now experiencing an increase in crime?
Has anyone noticed when we are in the Far Rockaway shopping area how many mentally challenged individuals and beggars are roaming our streets? These same streets are now flooded with 99 cent stores and nail salons. How many of these do we need? Don't we deserve a decent shopping center rather than the dilapidated Far Rockaway shopping mall that reeks of urine, is full of garbage and is downright dangerous once it becomes dark because of poor lighting? I am so tired of hearing that this mall is owned by Rita Stark and that she can't be forced to do the right thing and fix this mall or at least sell it!
Why has one woman been allowed to do this to this community for more than 35 years? It is a shame that we cannot attract big businesses in the downtown area such as CVS, Rite- Aid, Starbucks, or even a Pizza Hut. The people who want more are forced to leave the peninsula for work and play. Our youths have no jobs, insufficient parks, no movie theatres and nothing to really encourage them to stay on the peninsula and out of trouble.
How I wish I had the right finances so that I could open up an enclosed state-of-the-art amusement park on the water that would be open year round. If the hotels in Las Vegas (Circus, Circus; New York, New York) can have complete amusement parks underground, why can't this be done here? We need something to turn around our unemployment and crime rates. At least casinos would have provided some jobs! Right now all we have are houses and more houses, people and more people, crime and more crime! When will it end?
SHARON A. PAUL