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Editorial: Improving downtown traffic flow, safety

Brief thoughts on some of the events making news from around Franklin County and the North Quabbin area:

There’s been an ongoing discussion in Greenfield for years about police presence in downtown. Increasing the number of officers patrolling there, or the hours they spend on Main Street, is seen by many as a deterrent to some types of criminal behavior. Another possibility, we think, would be that such officers could increase the number of traffic tickets issued for turning across the double yellow line to snag a parking spot on the other side of the street. We’re amazed at the number of people who hold up vehicles behind them waiting to do this, which is a violation of traffic rules and a safety hazard to boot.

Back for another drive-in season

We’re glad to see that the Northfield Drive-In is back for its 66th year of operation. As people may recall at the end of last year’s season, we reported that the owners of the drive-in were trying to raise money so that the projection and sound system could be modernized to adapt to the changes taking place in movie technology. While the Kickstarter fundraising campaign didn’t entirely fill the bill, the owners were able to put together the financing to make these improvements. Now it’s time to help them earn the money back. As one of the last drive-in theaters in Massachusetts (now there are only two more), customers can demonstrate their love of the venue by attending movies.

Progress on Green River Bridge

We’re pleased to see the work on the Green River Covered Bridge is continuing to move forward. Although not an ancient structure — the town built a new one in 1972 after a fire started by vandals destroyed the original 100-year-old structure — it’s still an attraction for the community and we’re glad that it will be back and in use.

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