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Notice Us!

What do you do when you’re a smallish New England city and you just can’t screw up big enough to make it on to James Howard Kunstler’s Eyesore of the Month with architectural stunts like this: You attach these: To your misplaced (Main Street) poorly designed (no street level pedestrian interest) parking garage: C’mon Jimbo,…

That 70’s (and 80’s) Show

I’ve been involved in downtown issues for 30 years now. Walking through the various districts of the metro center on an unusually warm Thursday last week I saw just how well so much of the infrastructure that I had been involved in seeing put into place was wearing, and I was also able to identify…

Here’s what I’m on about

At the conclusion of the podcast on the Death Race 2016 feature Chuck asks me what I would have media do differently. In my convoluted response I arrived at the idea of balance. Balance in the way of explaining that the dangers of urban violence tend to not be distributed randomly, but rather accrue to…

“Basically Hartford”

Springfield was founded to usurp the other outposts in the Connecticut Colony and be the northernmost fur trader on the Connecticut River. It wasn’t long before the annoyance that caused created a rift between Springfield and the more southerly Connecticut villages and Springfield switched allegiance to the Massachusetts Bay Colony; that circumstance has molded and…