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)
I applaud this letter, but note that there are many ways to achieve the aims of runoff balloting. One method which would not require any changes in current voting infrastructure is known as "Approval voting." This may sound odd, but the idea is to cast on vote for every candidate you are not actually opposed to. More information here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Approval_voting ...(full comment)
What is frightening is that starving government programs like the CDC has lead to this. Over the past forty years, through the constant barrage of hate-speech, and surgical efforts to divide Americans against Americans, our government is being dismantled, and the CDC is being gutted: then used as a media frenzy of "blame the President". The .01% own more than half the wealth of this nation, which is being used to dismantle every positive development in society for American citizens. They own the media: and they fund candidates for their agenda. The goal is to privatize everything: and then force us to compete with other nations for our own resources and jobs.
Massachusetts currently sits at a crossroads. The Patrick Administration has done well for this state, given the destruction of the Big Dig that gutted most of our cities and nearly forced them into bankruptcy. We are among the top states doing well in the slow recovery. We do not need to return to scorched earth leadership that harmed us all for so many years. And wealthy investors do not need another chance to pick our pockets while castigating poor people.
Charlie Baker has deep, deep pockets for this, and we all know why. Many of us can remember the promise of our towns before his machinations lining up investors for The Big Dig. What began as a 2.5 billion proposal mushroomed into a feeding frenzy to 22 billion, that we residents will be paying, through the DOT until 2038. Investors are still profiting: Worcestor, and every town west of there, including Greenfield, Holyoke, Springfield were decimated. Now that MA is back on its feet, here comes Big Dig ready for another feeding frenzy on MA citizens backs. He says he's past it. Curious: many people would experience a sense of shame doing this to a state they claim to love. ...(full comment)
ISO New England has been remarkably narrow in its awareness of the full energy picture. It's exclusive focus on multiple overbuilt gas pipelines all over the state may be a lucrative venture for some with ties to gas, but it will be devasting to communities. Their process on that issue demonstrates regulation capture, and should give us all pause on just whose best interest they are advocating. I don't blame folks for raising concerns. It seems like every effort to develop anything that isn't gas or big hydro is completely left out of discussions. And RATEPAYERS have no voice: the focus is always on investors.
The privatization of this into quasi governmental agencies insure that only some voices are heard while others are silenced. This is quite deliberate, and is the result of deregulation that makes Enron tactics "legal". They remain unethical to a great many of us.
After reading this article and knowing that this project was voted down twice I am appalled that they are going through with this prop 2 1/2 vote. The people have spoken for the time being and now they're apparently trying to backdoor this issue. Mr O,Rourke says he had no involvement with this because he was out of town. As "sitting chairman" I do not believe for a second that he had no knowledge of what the other 2 selectmen were going to do yet he is trying to distance himself from it all.
Small time politics at it's best. I think Mr O'Rourke should step down at this point.
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.