The Case for a City Manager in Northampton

Breit Wegner* It’s worthwhile to consider this alternative form of government at each charter review. I heard they did but rejected it.   It would be interesting to know why.   The Charter Review Committee should consider appointing a city manager. Our city now has a budget approaching $100M with over a dozen important departments covering multiple … Continue reading The Case for a City Manager in Northampton

How A backroom deal saved Goggins Real Estate from homelessness

The other day, in a planning department file marked “Carlon Drive”  I found a 38 page study done by Baystate Environmental  Consultants (BEC) entitled “The functional Analysis  of the Hydrology and Hydraulics of the Barrett Street Marsh.”  It was done thirteen years  ago, in April, 2000. Not a page turner, but an eye-opener.  Here’s the … Continue reading How A backroom deal saved Goggins Real Estate from homelessness

Poor, poor pitiful me. The Victimization Gambit.

“Indeed, artists like Thomas Cole believed Northampton to be the epitome of the picturesque – the ideal middle landscape between the sordid city and wild nature.”                                                                         The Camoin Study  The poor people that burned the midnight oil and created this study really pulled out all the stops on the … Continue reading Poor, poor pitiful me. The Victimization Gambit.