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You Tell Us: Big Ideas for Making West Islip Better

As the local landscape changes, residents are bound to have big ideas for their community. Let's share them.

West Islip is a place in flux. Two elementary schools have closed, the hamlet is hoping to attract new businesses to fill vacancies, and the ideological differences between local preservationists and proponents of change play out daily in our comment streams.

It's times like these that people get to thinking about the home they love so much, coming up with their own ideas, be them wild stretches of the imagination or practical fixes that are altogether doable, to keep West Islip great into the forseeable future.

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 for West Islip. 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 the community.

We can't wait to hear what you come up with.

LIfan October 26, 2012 at 12:00 PM
lets see...everyone wants lower taxes but no tax base and all want affordable housing for their kids but not affordable enough to bring in an "undesirable" element. There, I shot down my own thought about about building condo-complexes to meet both those needs. Beat you to it. We can't even get NIMBY's to get rid of an eyesore in WI so good luck.
Kris October 26, 2012 at 12:14 PM
How can anyone think about filling vacancies in to make things better in WI when they can't even get the traffic problems on Udall/Higbie fix. We need to correct the bad traffic issues before it causes someone else to lose a love one. Anyone agree?
betski October 26, 2012 at 02:14 PM
i don't know if it's possible. we had the opportunity in the north end of WI to put a beautiful new 7-11. instead we still have the eye sore that was there and now looks as though will be a service station...yaaaaay. we have la grange which is a mess. cvs wants to move in. why cant we say yes to that if cvs keeps the integrity of the building in tack as they did with mcdonalds (denton house) in new hyde park. we have to start thinking possibilities.....we need innovative thinkers that can make things happen.
Halford October 26, 2012 at 05:12 PM
I personally would like an explanation as to how and where the WI Fire Department gets the money to spend (aka waste) on putting a stone type front on the garage....

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