I wish the "arts" angle would be a secondary focus for this building. It's in a key spot of activity and visibility - there needs to be something with regular commercial activity going on on the first floor, like a bustling restaurant (that's actually open at predictable hours, unlike with the previous one). Semi-frequent arts events are not enough to catalyze the area. Imagine the Iron Horse sitting where Thornes is on Main Street, quiet and shuttered most of the week. What would it add there? ...(full comment)
Governor Baker keeps saying "along existing routes" for pipelines, but this is very non-committal. The Kinder Morgan proposal is NOT in existing routes as it claims, it is a greenfield pipeline with the largest land takings in Massachusetts history, excepting the highway system. Gov. Baker's appointee, Matthew Beaton is reducing energy storage capacity for clean energy by millions, and is launching an expensive study on how renewable energy allocations are spent, while gas companies bilk the state of 1.5 billion dollars of purchased gas that creates deadly conditions in cities all over the Commonwealth, as in Boston, where a great many students and their families spend money for education in the Commonwealth. Governor Baker is extolling the need for more gas without offering any facts: and the facts don't support this assertion. ...(full comment)
As a former resident on Northborough, (as well as Northfield) I have had the pleasure of meeting Jim McGovern. We had left the area before he was elected but we have kept in touch and followed his progress. I second the praises for him.
When in Northfield I was a Startup Engineer at Vermont Yankee. The writer has fallen for the anti nuclear hype and bait. The plant operated for 42 years and several years of used fuel is already in Dry Casks. There is then less than 40 years of fuel in the pool. Balanced precariously? Blather! Designed to resist earthquakes and proven! The Fukushima plants are GE MK-I also and the pools there withstood the great earthquake with no damage, even though the Unit 4 building tilted a little and the whole coastline sank half a foot or so.
Entergy only wants to save Decommissioning fund money because the hazard is so much less now, and decreases minute by minute due to radioactive decay. They will notify the public if needed, but with a much smaller hazard instant notification is not needed, nor is evacuation. ...(full comment)
This is so vital to our flagging Democracy. I am so inspired by the actions described in this article, and by the support of others for these actions. Change comes from people standing up for principles. ...(full comment)
Please note that your number are for all of New England. Since 2013 demand for gas has increase and that is due to expanded pressure from the loss 2 power plants.
This Area has some the highest cost in energy in the U.S. and there is no sign of relief in sight.. This is not about capacity, it is not about supply and demand, its about no fracted gas at any cost.
The fact Is Western Mass and Franklin county Are Undeserved.. No new industry will come here because there is no infrastructure to support it.
These are real issues please that LED lights alone will not address.