This past Saturday we participated in the Laurel Park Chautauqua. We were scheduled between a chat by folks from Pedal People (who nearly stole our audience with the promise of bike trailer rides!), and a performance by members of Rusty Belle. Our special guest was Laurel Park resident and Northampton mayor Clare Higgins, who walked down to the Tabernacle with her dog. It was a gorgeous day, and we had a blast. Thanks to Debbie Way and Kate Richardson for inviting us, and Dan Richardson for handling sound. We can’t wait to do it again!
The Northampton Chamber of Commerce is recommending some new zoning regulations for King Street. Will they help all Northampton residents? We talk to former city councilor Fran Volkmann, planning consultant Joel Russell, Economic Development Committee Chair Dennis Bidwell, and Chamber executive director Suzanne Beck about Northampton’s zoning past, and possible future.
Montague resident Chris Martenson is a research scientist and former VP of a Fortune 300 company who thinks the next 20 years are going to look a lot different than the last 20. He’ll be speaking this Thursday at the Academy of Music about the intersection of energy, the economy, and the environment; and how community is key.
As someone who worked on zoning regulations when he was a city councilor, Bill is understandably miffed that his hard work is now being characterized by some as nothing more then an attempt to bludgeon developers to death with puppies. Okay, maybe I’m exaggerating. No one mentioned puppies. At any rate, Bill called on Northampton Planning Director Wayne Feiden to give some background to the current conversation about highway business development.