Monthly Archives: July 2010

Children are not a tax burden

From time to time, I may post thoughtful comment related to the topics at hand from those in the neighborhood and beyond. Here is one such post, from long-time village resident Stephen Bing.   —Roland The recent discussion of the … Continue reading

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Planning Board discussion: update

The Planning Board voted this evening (7/28/10) to approve moving forward with the MAPC consultant’s proposal, as referenced in the post below. Much of the hour+ discussion was devoted to exploring the various scenarios that could play out relating to … Continue reading

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Planning Board discussion

One of the purposes of this blog is to increase awareness of important meetings, discussions, and decision points relating to the development of property in the village center. One such meeting is a Planning Board meeting scheduled for tomorrow, Wednesday, … Continue reading

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Good in the hood

A few well-meaning folks, arguing in support of scaled-up commercial development in the town center, have recently asserted that the center today is not actually a residential neighborhood, after all. One suggested that it’s not really even a village. My … Continue reading

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Nice ‘addition’ to the neighborhood

In the first five months since the expanded Bolton Public Library has opened, overall attendance has doubled against the same period in 2008 (the last year in the old building), now averaging 186 visitors a day. Circulation is up 39%. … Continue reading

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What about UMass Crossing?

One of the studies often cited in discussions around development in the town center is the Sustainable Village Center Planning Study (2008), prepared by the Dept. of Landscape Architecture and Regional Planning at UMass/Amherst. It is commonly referred to as the … Continue reading

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Life was simpler then

Intersection of Main Street and Wattaquadock Hill Road. Elapsed time between photos, approximately 107 years. The private residence on the left in both photos is the Caleb Wheeler, Jr. house, c. 1815. Wheeler was an influential town leader of the … Continue reading

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About that traffic light

Numerous comments on this blog and elsewhere bring up the issue of traffic. We all know what it’s like in the town center during peak hours. The presumptive developers of the Smith property also recognize this and have indicated that … Continue reading

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Two roads diverged

Dave Wylie submitted a sage comment yesterday that began by describing a photo of the corner of Main Street and Harvard Road around 1900. Here it is, courtesy of the Bolton Historical Society.

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Bang! Zoom! To the Moon!

Let’s just pause for a second and take a breath. This blog went live late on Tuesday of this week after a few hours of set up and scratching out a couple of posts. Cia whipped up some graphics from … Continue reading

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