Someone cares

Rachel Maddow on MSNBC is a acquired taste. As the Russia case has developed over the last couple of months, I have gradually rearranged my day to fit her in. 9:00 pm and here she is grinning like a Cheshire cat. She has found out something new today , something intriguing that explains what so … Continue reading Someone cares

Two year hiatus ends for Pomeroy Terrace Historic District application

For a long time, the leaders of the Ward Three Civic Association and the Northampton Planning Department have assumed that a project that many Northampton area people had put a great deal of work into was on track; that it was on its way to being approved by the Massachusetts Historical Commission and the federal … Continue reading Two year hiatus ends for Pomeroy Terrace Historic District application

HAP’s development moves ahead, but Valley CDC’s lumberyard housing project stalls.

Out on the big stretch of open land off of Holyoke Street, the goldenrod is growing high on the Northampton Lumber land, sprouting through cracks in the asphalt. Time is passing. Northampton Lumber is dead, and its land lies fallow. Just what downtown Northampton needs, another vacant piece of land. Joanne Campbell of Valley CDC … Continue reading HAP’s development moves ahead, but Valley CDC’s lumberyard housing project stalls.

On cash cows, sacred cows, dog and pony shows and other animals of their ilk

Last year the Mayor hired the Matrix Consulting Group, a nationwide consulting group serving municipalities, to look at our Department of Public Works and do an analytical study of its organization and effectiveness. They produced a 133 page study dated January 2016. No grade was given, not a passing or failing rating, but they tell … Continue reading On cash cows, sacred cows, dog and pony shows and other animals of their ilk