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The fact is, we need 41,429 affordable units to meet the ever-growing demand. A policy solution can’t be wrapped in a feel good online presentation, helmed by the developers and housing advocates.

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On Long Island, it's been said that our environment is our economy, and our economy is the environment. The linkage between land use and water quality is very strong.

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Long Island needs to start diversifying its regional economy if we’re going to shake off the shackles of the recession, and create a region for future generations to grow.
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    • Long Island Suburbs: How Planners Should Treat Age Spots

      The following was published on New Geography on 11/11/2014. You can find the piece here. The piece was adapted from my recent LIBN piece “Elephants in the Room”. Long Island is the birthplace of suburbia, from colonial-period Brooklyn to Levittown and beyond, and its economy has survived booms and busts...
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    • The Foggiest Five: Susan Axelrod, Chairwoman & Founder of Love & Quiches Gourmet

      The following are answers to The Foggiest Five, a set of questions asked to influential Long Islanders on the future of the region. This round features answers from Susan Axelrod, Chairwoman and founder of Love & Quiches Gourmet, a food service company based in Freeport, NY. The views presented are...
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    • Think Outside the Box

      All too often we read that Long Island needs innovative solutions to solve its economic woes. More jobs, manufacturing, destinations, etc. With an opportunity to develop 56+ vacant acres at the Mediavilla Orchard at Dix Hills/Elwood border in Western Suffolk County…the community opted for a shopping center. The residents (as...
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    • Susan Axelrod: Hurricane Sandy – The Effects Are Lingering, Big Time

      The following was written on August 26, 2014 by Susan Axelrod, founder of Love & Quiches, based in the Village of Freeport, NY. Susan regularly writes on her blog, Susan’s Sweet Talk. Susan’s views are her own, and do not represent those of The Foggiest Idea. I never expected to...
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    • Long Island 2045

      John wakes up at 6 a.m. and silences his buzzing iPhone. His wife, Jill, is still sleeping, while the cats, nestled near the window sill barely move. It’s still dark outside, but the LED streetlight shine through the shades, while the soft blue glow of the cable box allows him...
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I am a Long Islander who shares my passion with the rest of the Island.

The goal of my writing is to put both my education and experience in land use to work. I feel that Long Island’s residents are the most important resource this region has. Long Island has complex challenges that unfortunately, have been the status quo for decades.

In 2010, I set out to create a public resource for information on Long Island’s land use issues, available to all who are interested. The Foggiest Idea was created to provide simple, easily approachable insights to Long Island’s complex issues.


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