The city has to act as a lender because it has been "redlined" by the banks. Sort of like how I had to buy my house via land contract, despite having excellent credit.
How many apartment complexes for welfare recipients have been built downtown in the last 10 years? I'm not aware of any.
February 20, 2014 at 8:41 a.m.
Hope they can find a buyer or tenant, before they move their offices. I'd hate to see such a great old building fall into disrepair.
January 22, 2014 at 12:46 p.m.
I am a homeowner. (I currently own 2 homes, actually) And, I have no problem with the city focusing its energy on a few select areas for improvement. Spreading those tax dollars across the entire city would have almost no impact, and I'd consider that a bigger waste.
January 15, 2014 at 7:58 a.m.
Regarding the engineer vs. architect debate: The current layout of Central Square was designed by engineers. That's reason enough--for me at least--to involve an architect in the design of a new amphitheater.
December 17, 2013 at 8:02 p.m.
If there is anything that will make me leave the city, it's this same old "urban renewal" attitude; that to stabilize neighborhoods, you must tear them down. If you're going to invest in stable neighborhoods, then INVEST in them by improving them.
Urban renewal didn't work in the 60s and 70s, and I don't believe it will work now.
November 25, 2013 at 7:47 a.m.
"Other than the 'resurgent' downtown, what neighborhood is actually thriving, or improving?The most important thing about the mayor's office at the moment seems to be to manage the funds necessary to tear down blighted buildings"
The Idora Neighborhood has seen significant improvement over the last few years. The Wick Park Neighborhood is also seeing improvement. There are probably others, but I'm unaware of them.
IMHO, some of these improvements are happening despite the city's focus on blight removal. If the city actually invested in some of its neighborhoods, instead of just tearing them down, we would see even more improvement.
November 11, 2013 at 10:27 a.m.
Good luck finding that greener grass, PlainAndSimple.
November 6, 2013 at 11:23 a.m.
"I found it a little bit odd that the champion of the Green Party and leader of the anti-fracking crusade Susie Beiersdorfer is going around to the various voting locations (with only two people on board) in a twenty foot long truck painted green that can't possible get more then 8 miles to a gallon. So much for environmental concerns , this is making Susie Beiersdorfer look like a fool and a total hypocrite."
Besides the color and size, what else do you know about this truck? Can you say with certainty that it wasn't running on used cooking oil?
November 6, 2013 at 9:42 a.m.
Oh, and for what it's worth, steelman, I'm not happy to see the Wean demolition, either.
October 27, 2013 at 9:30 a.m.
This is a landmark structure in a historic neighborhood, and deserves better treatment than it's been receiving. Hopefully, this pressure from the city and community is enough to convince the owners to invest in the building, or sell it to someone who will.
October 27, 2013 at 9:28 a.m.