Tough Choices in Pleasantville, NY

Pleasantville, NY may be affluent and amenity-rich, but it isn't immune to the economic downturn. Now some suggest the town should sacrifice character for economic opportunity.
February 16, 2010, 5am PST | Rebecca Sanborn Stone
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Pleasantville has long been known for its shaded sidewalks and the mom-and-pop stores lining Main Street. But the recession has brought on empty storefronts, an influx of chain stores, and increasing budget woes for the small suburban village.

Citizens have typically objected to big box retail and other new development that could potentially change the small town character they love, but the mayor and some residents feel it's time to take a hard look at economic development opportunities - even if they do mean change.

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Published on Monday, February 8, 2010 in New York Times
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