When Hurricane Sandy took her wrath out on Long Beach last fall, the West End was among the hardest hit areas in town. More than three months later, as residents, business owners and government employees work to recover and rebuild citywide, there are telltale signs, both literal and figurative, of how the neighborhood is progressing — and not.
While some stores have posted neon signs in their windows letting passersby on West Beech Street know they’re open for business, a Pennsylvania Avenue homeowner wrapped her storm-ravaged bungalow in red tape and posted signs to bring attention to the bureaucratic delays she says have kept her from receiving insurance payouts, according to the Long Beach Herald. And as new construction is announced for an empty lot at Nebraska and West Beech, the charred remains of a Christmas tree stands outside the burned-out Knights of Columbus building, which succumbed to a blaze in December.
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