I used to rent a storefront on Miles Street, by Energy Park. I wish we had cameras then. The best things I saw during my time there were:
-A girl snorting powder off her dashboard while her three-year-old played with an empty Nip bottle outside the car
-A man striking a girl who it appears was working for him as a prostitute (they were regulars in the Park, and it was pretty obvious what was going on). A worker from one of the businesses went out and ran the guy off but the pair was back within hours.
-Drug deals, daily.
-Fights, yelling, drama, daily.
And this is all by daylight when there ARE cops downtown. At night there was a steady stream of foot traffic between the old Easy Street and the apartments in the upstairs of the Miles Block. Guess that is the REAL Business District... I called the police a few times when things were unusually messy, then gave up. They show up, walk around, see there's no trouble at that moment, and leave. The Pajanimals scatter like cockroaches when you shine blue light on them. I hope the cameras at least help break up the party, because no one wants to set up shop in the Combat Zone. You want to make Greenfield attractive to businesses and shoppers? Take away every flat surface at chair height from Veterans Park to Mohawk Mall, and set up a 24 hour Dunkin Donuts in Energy Park with free coffee for LEOs. Thank goodness for Mesa Verde and the traffic it brings; a crowd of regular people helps keep things more civilized than they would be otherwise.
Kudos to all the souls who are willing to take this to eminent domain for the sake of our state's future. That may be the last bastion of resistance to protect our state's future, and lots of folks will be taking an economic hit to do it, based on the belief that our state's children and posterity deserve a better future than this drek. ...(full comment)
P.S. This is a highly experimental pipeline. Documents from the government of Maine, predating Lepage, discuss the danger to pipelines located close to high voltage, direct current transmission cables (in this case two sets of the). This is a significant security risk to electricity transmission: and one "event" where electricity is lost could seriously weaken electricity generators, while poising them for hostile takeover. This line of electricity in MA is crucial, and KM is seeking this without any process in cooperation with the state. A hostile actor could basically fly a drone over MA and knock out both electricity while creating an explosion of epic proportions and destabilizing other pipeline along the grid. Oh, and our state's water could be compromised, too. There is absolutely no concern for the safety or well being of our state, its inhabitants, or its future in this Northern proposal. This is about the absolute EVIL of greed, and the .01% stripping away the rights of citizens and diminishing any hope of Democracy.
P.S. They are deliberately locating next to direct current high voltage transmission cables owned by a northeast company. There are relatively few places where this is done, and it is experimental: the state of Maine explored this at the state legislative level, and discussed the danger to this of entire pipelines, due to a variety of factors, including the electromagnetic fields generated by direct current cables. Also, unconventional gas is chemically different. This puts additional strain on the contents in and the metal of pipelines: it cannot always be successfully mitigated. This means that Kinder Morgan is deliberately putting existing power lines in harm's way: perhaps in the hope that "an accident" will result in being able to take over the northeast grid. Of course it will never be their fault. The way they are structured, they will use an endless variety of subcontractors from near and far on whom the blame can be pinned: and of course, landowners are in their crosshairs. Eminent domain is the wised choice for landowners in this morass of manipulation. ...(full comment)
Kinder Morgan wants the Northern Route because once it has an easement, it can add other pipelines to give it access to shipment abroad: for you name it, unconventional gas, tar sands, CO2- whatever they want. Their landsmen have already bragged that they've already shipped unconventional gas through neighborhoods on their southern route, and other materials. They make no secret of it to homeowners whose land they are seeking to steal for export routes. They can use far cheaper materials and get far closer to homes in the Northern Route, and they don't have any ordinances to hold them back. As far as the environment goes, they are seeking to bypass ANY state process around that. Incidentally, the money that Kinder Morgan earns is used to defeat any program that benefits or protects citizens of the U.S. They are deliberately going through conservation land because we are the only state in the union that has article 97, and we're being made an example of. ...(full comment)
How does the NU gas pipeline negatively impact more people if it's just going along existing pipeline routes? It's not clear what they mean exactly. Kinder Morgan forgets that we also care about the ecosystems impacted here, not just the number of landowners. ...(full comment)
I'm realistic. The legislature did not raise the gas tax for 22 years. A bipartisan commission reported in 2007 that we needed $1 billion to bring statewide transportation systems up to a state of good repair. The legislature raised about half that revenue. Pointing fingers is not productive. Spite is not going to solve this crisis. It's up to the voters to decide if we will tolerate unsafe bridges and poorly maintained roads in Western MA and all around the state. ...(full comment)
The strategy of hate speech, scapegoating and fear mongering has been very successful: the .01% have divided our nation to the point where nothing gets done, and a significant number of people are taking up arms against their fellow Americans, to fight for the .01%. The whole idea is no regulatory control of chemical poisons dumped by fossil fuels to enrich a handful of people, while inflicting genocide on the rest, Republican and Democrat alike. The tactic of hate speech, and pitting social groups against each other is how the fossil fuels companies work, all over the world, wherever there are "marketable" resources. They want the resources, and don't care what happens to our nation, or the world. Water is next, and this is already happening. ...(full comment)
The beverage industry is only interested in avoiding the handling fee (3.25¢ per container) that they have to pay to redemption centers, and shifting the cost onto the backs of citizens who have to pay for DPW workers to clean up empty beverage containers from parks, beaches and neighborhoods. That's the real reason they ponied up $8 million for attack ads against Question 2. Over a billion empty water and sports drink containers get strewn accross the Commonwealth every year. A nickel deposit would greatly reduce that amount, keeping plastic out of the ocean and improving the rate of recycling. PLEASE VOTE YES ON 2! ...(full comment)