Not their finest hour: Questions raised by neighbors in the Shepherd’s Hollow blaze.

A wake-up call for western Northampton? This story began for me about six weeks ago when I ran into Garson Fields, owner of Berkshire Electrical Cable, coming out of Foster Farrar. “Did you hear about that fire up on Shepherds Hollow?” he says, “Did you hear that the house burnt to the ground, and the … Continue reading Not their finest hour: Questions raised by neighbors in the Shepherd’s Hollow blaze.

The Meadowbrook Chronicles: Part One

For some time, a number of tenants and former tenants of Meadowbrook have been after me to write something about the housing complex and the agency that runs it. As you may remember, a 2004 agreement preserved the development as affordable. Brokered by the Mayor, this deal sold the development to the Boston-based nonprofit, Preservation … Continue reading The Meadowbrook Chronicles: Part One

Power in a Small Town

A month or so ago, I was sitting there in the fortified intake room at the police station. Behind dark aquarium glass, officers were working on dispatch and intake work. They will talk to you if you lift up the phone. On the wall is a bulletin board with a clipboard listing all the Level … Continue reading Power in a Small Town