Why is Affordable Housing So Expensive

Our readers  have raised questions on to why the Valley CDC’s “Lumberyard” affordable project on Pleasant Street is so expensive, and whether it is a good use  of Community Preservation Act (CPA)  money.  According to Gregory Rosenthal ,writing in the Wharton Real Estate Review, other communities across the United States are also having “sticker shock” … Continue reading Why is Affordable Housing So Expensive

The Westhampton Connection and Our Sky-high Ambulance Rates

  There’s a great old “Rockford Files” show in season two that shows Jim (James Garner) digging into the mysterious death of this Major that saved his life in Korea.  Well, this army guy who is base adjutant has him up against the wall threatening to refer him to civilian authorities for obstruction of justice.  … Continue reading The Westhampton Connection and Our Sky-high Ambulance Rates

Revised Plans Presented for Valley CDC Affordable Housing

 The Valley Community Development Council’s architect, Cliff Baehmer, took a beating at a previous public meeting about his design for a mixed use building at the corner of Holyoke Street and Pleasant Street at the former site of Northampton Lumber. Local architects and aesthetes and abutters went at the building’s deficiencies with great gusto.  The temperature … Continue reading Revised Plans Presented for Valley CDC Affordable Housing