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Laura Jens-Smith


Opinion: Main Street, meet Queens

The widespread negative reaction to an architect's rendering of apartment buildings planned for downtown made it perfectly clear: Riverhead residents don't want our historic downtown to be turned into Queens.

In My Opinion Why Riverhead is still missing the mark on downtown revitalization

Smart growth is needed. This takes planning and a strong commitment to encourage development that provides a variety of housing types, not just rental apartments.

Opinion How one little word change undid years of work that went into town’s master plan

Several years after the Town Board adopted the master plan, it quietly changed one word, creating a giant loophole that effectively unraveled the result of years of planning.

Downtown redevelopment: Let’s get this right

Democratic town board candidates urge care and thoughtfulness moving forward with downtown redevelopment. If we rush and make the wrong choices, they argue, Riverhead will be forced to live with the consequences for many years to come.