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Living behind the Hylan Plaza in Staten Island, Ashley speaks about the events of her community and what she believes can be done to improve her neighborhood. Living there for about 20 years, Ashley senses a lack of togetherness on a regular basis. However she tell me ” When there needs to be a sense of “Community” we call do come together to help one another. One example is during Hurricane Sandy, Thankfully no one on my block was directly affected but some had families elsewhere on the island and we banded together for a common cause. however on a regular basis Ashley and her neighbors have little interaction with on another. “The house directly next door to me has 3 elderly people all over 85 living there alone, so me and my family do things for them all the time” said Ashley. “We take their garbage to the curb, shovel, bring the newspaper to the door etc. Ashley noticed a few things in her community that need immediate attention. One of those problems being a lack of a red light. “I live on a 4 way street and people come racing through the stop signs especially during the summer, were not to far away from a school where there are kids all the time. why wait until someone gets hit to do something about it”. Another issue in her community is Hylan Plaza itself. The lack of flourishing business  makes the once vibrant plaza look shady and has actually become an attraction ground to the homeless. “The bums are taking over the plaza, for almost a whole month they were camped out under they Hylan Plaza sign and scattered throughout the plaza”. This makes shopping there unappealing especially compared to the 2 beautifly plazas located on both sides of Hylan Plaza. There is talk about changing Hylan Plaza and Ashley hopes that comes sooner than later.

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