Down on Main Street

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As the economic crisis ravages the nation, all anyone wants to know is what the folks on “Main Street” think of it. But which “Main Street” are our congressional leaders talking about? We headed to Brooklyn’s actual Main Street — in DUMBO — to get the mood of our borough’s symbolic heartland. Here’s what we heard:

— Interviews and photos by Evan Gardner

“I think [Democratic congressional leaders] Barney Frank and Chris Dodd should resign. They’ve gotten loads of money from lobbyists and this whole thing is their fault.”
John Chichester

“Things are not fair in this neck of the woods. The people who benefit from this are dread awful, overpaid and overcompensated. No one here gets anything in return.”
Dan D.

“I’m a freelancer, so I’m really concerned. When they talk about the bailout plan, I want to know what effect it will have on the little guy."
John Sanvidge

“I’m concerned on a personal level, for my family and for my investments. I’m worrying, ‘Should I put my money in my mattress or let it ride?’”
Blake Smith

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