I Voted

(My weekly post is delayed so as a ñapa for my patient readers I’m posting this.) These are some photos I took on the way down to vote on Super Tuesday: And this is my polling place: It’s enough to make you think this might be a place worth fighting for.

Promise Keepers

Right on cue two of the biggest projects I called out in my Promises, Promises post got upgraded in terms of their life support level and appear to be moving forward. MGM got a one month extension from the Massachusetts Gaming Commission to get the project “across the goal line”, which was later revealed to

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Not Alike in Dignity

The heuristic for my philosophy of art is that it must have some value in at least one of the three categories of beauty, meaning, or difficulty. I’m not making an attempt to universalize this framework as I realize the subjective nature of, at the very least, two out of the three, but it does

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Overstimulated

Way back in 1978 or thereabouts Springfield representative Ed Boland, yes, he of the Boland Amendment, got money for building a new federal courthouse in Springfield. As a broad redevelopment of the downtown was very much underway it was decided to place the new courthouse right on Main Street and to use the attached parking

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Maple Street

Events are in control. Jim Kunstler has been predicting that this time would come for a decade or more and it feels as though it is finally coming to pass. The response on this end has been to contemplate where I am in all aspects of my life from physical and mental health to financial

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The (news) Stand

If memory serves and, to be honest it probably doesn’t, the list I used to give my home search some direction was divided into “musts” and “prefers”. On the must side was a walkable neighborhood with access to public transit. The walkable thing ended up with me looking from the Main Street spine of the

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Promises, Promises

A zero or even negative interest rate environment, on its face at least, screams out for developers to “build, build, build, build” (“That’s the story”), and according to reports that has happened in lots of major markets, but here in the provinces nearly everything feels stalled once again. I’m not even referring to the dozen

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Shouldn’t it be enough to pretend to care?

I’ve read in many places to beware the grand sweeping explanation for all things; “A theory which explains everything explains nothing”. What I would propound is not a clean mathematical hypothesis which can be proven or disproven but, what is even worse, just a sense of any idea which exists as an underlying truth. It

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When a Bubble Calls

Richard Dawkins describes how we have evolved to exist in what he calls “middle world”. The properties of immeasurably small and incomprehensibly large matter never came into play in terms of the survival of our ancestors and so, unlike the properties of matter in middle world, understanding their behavior is nearly impossible for us to

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Virtue Signaling

When Commodus explains to Marcus Aurelius that he has virtues, even if they are not the ones the emperor most values it makes me think of Springfield and its virtues. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-0AMz3G3FCA The holidays provide more opportunities than any other time of year to meet new people and get a feel for the zeitgeist, but I

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