I would also like to see a space there that could be rented out for parties, functions, weddings, etc. That would nicely complement the new hotel above Wilson's, and out-of-town guests could also utilize the new train station nearby. There are not a lot of large venues for this purpose in the area, especially that are situated in a downtown, transit-oriented setting. ...(full comment)
Awesome...our street is falling apart, our sidewalk could kill someone with the cracks and disrepair, but this town is gonna spend up to $400,000 for a few kids to use skateboards! Where are the priorities in this town? ...(full comment)
A replica is not the same... Even with pieces of the original set in cement nearby in a pocket park.
It is sad watching the Commonwealth scrap the last such civil engineering feats. Like Lowell's Textile Memorial Bridge, recently lost.
More should be saved than Boston's Longfellow Bridge and the Northern Avenue Bridge.
Western and Central Massachusetts deserves heritage structures too... ...(full comment)
Threats of legal action from the very deep, inexhaustible resources of a master LIMITED LIABILITY partnership turned U.S. Company are par for the course. If they can jam this through here, through conservation land, over riding state law, and bypassing any process, for a private pipeline to pillage U.S. assets that we subsidize for private profit export, are we really any semblance of a Democracy any longer? ...(full comment)
Ms. Lee, through her out of state political connections, is on board with eliminating the environmental protection agency: do we want anyone in our state taking control of a water region with THAT philosophy?
While Whipps Lee got the "business endorsement" this also accounts for her less than full throated stance on the pipeline. Many businesses are coming out against it, and she could have used her position on behalf of residents facing the loss of their homes and having to live in blast zones. She could have stood up for the beautiful environment. What she did was politically make statements, but there are no leadership actions to back it up. It might win her votes in her district, but folks will be gulled if they vote based on this concern. And her well-financed attack ads are deeply concerning given the grab for water everywhere, and this is a concern: as are her comments about roads. The top of her ticket is single handedly responsible for road conditions. The Big Dig was financed to the oversized tune of 22 billion through the department of transportation, arranged by Charlie Baker. There are republican efforts to privatize the Department of Transportation: putting real estate and roads in investor hands. That means road crew jobs will be outsourced. That also means control over MA resources.
Don't vote for this. While the media gets everyone in a lather about other stuff, our resources are being biffed while our economies are being tanked nationwide by the .01%.
He has been an outspoken supporter of our district, and eloquent on behalf of citizens and communities faced with this horror. This is someone who really represents the folks that live here, and not investment interests looking for a chance to tank our state and plunder our resources. ...(full comment)
While the superficial arguments about a lot of people's fond beliefs, and a thirty year campaign of hate speech directly attributable to the .01% have divided our nation, it would be wise for the poorest citizens, who enjoy at least the beauty of our state and its heritage, to consider whether our water should be shipped to other parts of the U.S. or even sold abroad.
This attack on Ms. Andrew's record is directly attributable to the Baker campaign, and the corporate goo behind it. Ms. Andrew's district is a Massachusetts water district, and control of large quantities, as well as the pollution control center in Orange. MA by investment interests should have residents very worried about why corporate investments want control of this region.
Water is more precious than gas or oil, and is now being comodified. Ms. Andrews opponent regularly meets with out of state high rollers, and the Baker agenda can be expected to gut states economies: if you look at New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Kansas, Wisconsin- all are tanking. This isn't public service: this is a grab for any resources state's have, and tanking the economy of states in order to strip out assets.
I find myself turning to Chip's column first on Saturday mornings. I am not a sports fanatic and rarely read much of the Sports section, but Chip's writing draws me in. Why? He is an excellent storyteller, he clearly enjoys the writing process, and his column is one of the best in the paper.
I had to marvel at Bob Diamond's suggestion that it might take Chip "a couple of hours" to put a column together. Bob isn't a writer. How could he possibly know the effort that goes into crafting a sentence that actually makes sense to its reader?
1,000 words for a column? That's an assigned 4-page paper for Chip, due weekly or his grade (pay) will suffer. Egads. How many of us hated those assignments in high school and college? Chip has to churn out a 4-page paper that is creative, well written, factual, and interesting to a broad range of readers, each and every week. I think he gets better with age, as did his worthy role models Hemingway and Thomas Mann and Nathaniel Hawthorne. ...(full comment)