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DSB

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#1 Oct 9, 2009
Ok let me start by saying that I've lived in baldwin all my life and I have seen the digression from a somewhat nice town to a place that resembles the worst parts of hempstead or freeport at times. I want to know as resident what you think about this towns changes. I have been jumped, robbed, and known many others in the same predicament. Drugs are on the streets. As much as it pains me to say. I no longer enjoy this town as I used to. But what's your opinion?
Sammy

Paterson, NJ

#2 Oct 9, 2009
Like all other towns, Baldwin has it's problems too. I don't see the town as going down hill. It's still a great place to live.
TRR

Hanover, MD

#3 Oct 9, 2009
It's time for respectable folk, white, black, purple, or green to get out of Baldwin. I'm in RVC not far from the border, and I know what I see.
Sammy

Paterson, NJ

#4 Oct 9, 2009
TRR, and what is it that you see? Please be specific.
trrr

Bridgewater, NJ

#5 Oct 12, 2009
Fair enough...I see white flight, neigborhoods teeming with illegal apartments, houses with dozens of occupants, deteriorating schools, hordes of "kids" roaming the street at night, garbage blowing everywhere, and do we even need to mention the many fine retail establishments? Unless you seek check-cashing and bodegas....Tell me Sammy, would you buy a house in Baldwin???
Sammy

Paterson, NJ

#6 Oct 12, 2009
I'm going to have to disagree with you on a number of things. The block I live on continues to have a good mixture of ethnicities. I really don't see the white flight you speak of. Sure some homes have been sold but from what I have seen it's mostly older folks leaving for better climates and less taxes. Can't really comment on the illegal apts but that is a county wide problem. It's happening every where because of the lack of affordable housing in Nassau county as a whole. You also mentioned deteriorating schools. I believe while Baldwin schools could do better, I disagree that the schools are deteriorating. Have you even bothered to look at the recent test scores for the elementary schools? They were great. So I don't know where your coming from with that. I'm often out at night and I don't see the hordes of kids your talking about. My block is always quiet. Maybe your referring to the busy areas along Grand ave. There is not much for young people to do around here so where do you want them to go? As long as they are not bothering anybody then what is the problem? Crime is very low here. The trash you speak of is definitely an issue on the busy main streets. The town needs to do a better job with street cleaning in the busy areas. Due to the economy alot of the mom and pop shops have closed their doors so you will see alot of for rent signs in town. On the bright side you have ChaseBank putting up a new building on Grand Ave and a new police precinct as well on Grand to be built this spring. I hear Toyota is planning a dealership here as well. A number of quality establishments have set up shop here recently such as Applebees, and BestBuy. The downtown area is still being worked on and councilman Santino promises more quality stores to come. So to answer your question, yes I would still purchase a home here.
DSB

United States

#7 Oct 13, 2009
Good! Well over the years I have seen a change, but I believe that the change is due to my migration through the groups of teens in my town, and in point the times that I was hurt, the perpetrators were mostly out of town scum! But I digress. I just wanted to find someone who doesn't have something bad to say about this town. I am a recent graduate of the school system and I can tell you that the teachers and curriculum is in fact one of the best on the island, as for the gangs of "kids" roaming the streets most of them are known to me and are from out of town. With this in mind thank you sammy!
Selling

Freeport, NY

#8 Oct 14, 2009
I can't even sell my darn house. I need to get out of Baldwin ASAP. MY future and Child's depend on it.
I only have minorities looking out my home in south Baldwin and they don't have money to change a light bulb.
Wish I could leave

Baldwin, NY

#9 Oct 25, 2009
Selling wrote:
I can't even sell my darn house. I need to get out of Baldwin ASAP. MY future and Child's depend on it.
I only have minorities looking out my home in south Baldwin and they don't have money to change a light bulb.
My house is cute but the neighborhood if failing. I want to get out of here but I can't sell. We have to hold on until the market improves.
Selling

Freeport, NY

#10 Oct 26, 2009
Wish I could leave wrote:
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My house is cute but the neighborhood if failing. I want to get out of here but I can't sell. We have to hold on until the market improves.
That could be years from now.
chemalcolm

Brooklyn, NY

#11 Oct 28, 2009
I have to say that I find some of these comments to be racist/ prejudice. What makes me sad isn't the "changes" in Baldwin but the reality that there are still people who are afraid of the "hordes" of people who don't look like them, or sound like them or think like them coming into their neighborhoods. When I graduated from Hofstra in 1988 Baldwin was (or at least it seemed to be)still predominately White. Now, I have been blessed with the opportunity to own a house in the community. I love my neighbors, Brookside elementary just won a National Blue ribbon award and for the most part I find the people to be friendly. Yes, the commercial aspect could be improved (we need something other than fast food places and hair salons) but that is a characteristic of the "disappearing" subburbs around America. As far as the young people are concerned....young people are young people!. If we are concerned about their direction and behavior then we have to ask ourselves how much are we engaging them. The problems that hit Hempstead, Freeport, roosevelt, etc. affect major areas through out this nation. The solution isn't White flight which leads to people selling their homes to businessmen who then cut up the property and rent every available space to people who have no vested interest in the community. The solution is to engage our! youth, maintain hold on our community and embrace diversity as a breath of fresh air.
NOT able to Sell

Freeport, NY

#12 Oct 28, 2009
chemalcolm wrote:
I have to say that I find some of these comments to be racist/ prejudice. What makes me sad isn't the "changes" in Baldwin but the reality that there are still people who are afraid of the "hordes" of people who don't look like them, or sound like them or think like them coming into their neighborhoods. When I graduated from Hofstra in 1988 Baldwin was (or at least it seemed to be)still predominately White. Now, I have been blessed with the opportunity to own a house in the community. I love my neighbors, Brookside elementary just won a National Blue ribbon award and for the most part I find the people to be friendly. Yes, the commercial aspect could be improved (we need something other than fast food places and hair salons) but that is a characteristic of the "disappearing" subburbs around America. As far as the young people are concerned....young people are young people!. If we are concerned about their direction and behavior then we have to ask ourselves how much are we engaging them. The problems that hit Hempstead, Freeport, roosevelt, etc. affect major areas through out this nation. The solution isn't White flight which leads to people selling their homes to businessmen who then cut up the property and rent every available space to people who have no vested interest in the community. The solution is to engage our! youth, maintain hold on our community and embrace diversity as a breath of fresh air.
Wake up Baldwin is turning Ghetto and the crime rate is so high since the garbage including illegal's has moved in. I am afraid to leave my house and go for a walk. Children are being robed at gun point and by knives. It's what Brooklyn turned into years ago.
Actually all of Long island is being taken over by third world countries and it is disgusting. Read the papers on all the crimes and who the majority of them are committing those crimes. I have Mexicans riding up my block everyday looking through our garbage's for scrap metal. Nobody wants to live here but minorities, that's all that has come to look at my home. Gangs are in the schools and it is scary as hell to live here. There will be no diversity soon, just a ghetto drug infested town. In 10 years it will be beyond disgusting. Who would want to raise their young children here, not me and I want out? If my children end up victims, it would be my fault for staying here. My job is to protect my children from crime and that means I need to leave. They have been forcing out the white folks from every damn town in New York on purpose.
Selling

Freeport, NY

#13 Oct 28, 2009
chemalcolm wrote:
The solution is to engage our! youth, maintain hold on our community and embrace diversity as a breath of fresh air.
What kind of Drugs are you taking?
Pizza Pizza

Paterson, NJ

#14 Oct 28, 2009
Wow, I'm having a laugh at these guys with their doom and gloom. Tell you what I will buy your houses for $200k. If it's so bad in Baldwin then you will want to get out at any price as soon as possible. Let me help you leave this "crime and drug infested ghetto". This town would be better without you bigots.
Moron

Freeport, NY

#15 Oct 28, 2009
Pizza Pizza wrote:
Wow, I'm having a laugh at these guys with their doom and gloom. Tell you what I will buy your houses for $200k. If it's so bad in Baldwin then you will want to get out at any price as soon as possible. Let me help you leave this "crime and drug infested ghetto". This town would be better without you bigots.
Oh Go F.ck yourself landscaper.
Rob

Freeport, NY

#16 Oct 28, 2009
DSB wrote:
Ok let me start by saying that I've lived in baldwin all my life and I have seen the digression from a somewhat nice town to a place that resembles the worst parts of hempstead or freeport at times. I want to know as resident what you think about this towns changes. I have been jumped, robbed, and known many others in the same predicament. Drugs are on the streets. As much as it pains me to say. I no longer enjoy this town as I used to. But what's your opinion?
How do you have a Canada isp from Baldwin?
Sam

Freeport, NY

#17 Oct 28, 2009
The minorities are the biggest bigots of all. I have never met a black person who liked white people..they just pretend to.
Sam

Freeport, NY

#18 Oct 28, 2009
Pizza Pizza wrote:
Wow, I'm having a laugh at these guys with their doom and gloom. Tell you what I will buy your houses for $200k. If it's so bad in Baldwin then you will want to get out at any price as soon as possible. Let me help you leave this "crime and drug infested ghetto". This town would be better without you bigots.
Do you have a green card?
Bald Liq Rob Gunpoint

Freeport, NY

#19 Oct 29, 2009
Pizza Pizza

Paterson, NJ

#20 Oct 29, 2009
Bald Liq Rob Gunpoint wrote:
http://www.longislandpress.com /2009/10/29/baldwin-liquor-sho p-robbed-at-gunpoint/
While your at it why don't you post the other robberies on Long Island as well. Hmm, seems like Baldwin is not the only town with robberies. There was one on Monday by two white guys in Massapequa. So your point is moot. And to the other idiots, who said anything about me being a minority?

http://www.longislandpress.com/2009/10/26/n-m...

http://www.longislandpress.com/2009/10/15/cop...

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