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La que peca por la paga

My wife and I were playing a game of “cop, not a cop” yesterday as we tried to figure out whether we were dealing with dueling prostitutes at the corner of Maple and Union streets, or if one was a police officer and the other, whom we had seen before, was authentic. The city has…

The 0% Solution

I can’t help but view the world through the Kunstlerian lens of resource depletion and eventual petrocollapse. I try to keep myself in balance with a more standard issue Weltanschauung using various means, one of which is the guilty pleasure of listening to Bax and O’Brien in the morning on Rock 102 in Springfield. They…

Together Again, for the Second Time

From the 1978 “It’s Time for Springfield”: If memory serves, it was the late 70’s when local officials and the Dukakis administration attempted to link the Quadrangle to the Riverfront using the Heritage Park template. The renovation and de facto expansion of Court Square was by far the most successful element of the plan with…

Neutron Boom

Out my front windows I see no fewer than 10 structures being renovated from top to bottom, all of them magnificently historic, with sidewalk and lighting improvements included. The various renovations are for residential, educational, institutional, and commercial use. Out the back windows I can see the sprawling MGM project, Park Street Lofts, the Caring…