Nikos and I met the next day. We put together a business model canvas and set up a task list. We went to a few the local businesses. George from William Hallet was particularly helpful and supportive.
I met and spoke to Frank—president of the 30th Avenue business association. I proposed some radical solutions (as I often do) to Frank but he preferred to take a softer approach. The softer approach is to have the politicians do the talking.
Many of the businesses would be happy with a shuttle bus stopping at the local stations. That might be a temporary fix. This won’t help OPA OPA! Their business has been shut.
Seeing the MTA staff employees dismissive behaviors toward our community, I see the shuttle bus as a temporary solution to a larger problem. I’m willing to bet that Astoria won’t even get that.
This is only an educated guess. Let’s see what happens.