Sixty miles west of Boston, Massachusetts there is the small New England town of Sturbridge. Located at the junction of I-90 (The Mass Pike), and I-84 it has become known as the "Crossroads of New England". The town was first settled over 300 years ago, and like other small New England towns it has grown just enough over the years to be in a difficult place today. How do we embrace the future without forgetting how we got to our present? How do we attract the right kind of growth, and maintain who we are? And, what about our culture out here in Central Massachusetts?
These pages will cause one to think about how to protect what we have, our future direction, and how to move on in the very best way.
Those thoughts, and other ramblings, will hopefully inspire more thought, conversation, action, and occasionally a smile...
...seems to be working so far
Thursday, June 5, 2008
Start With The Simple And Obvious
There has been a lot of talk lately about cleaning up the road sides, and designing an east and west gateway to town, sidewalks on the south side of Route 20, and more. This is a great step toward beautifying our town.
I have another suggestion. Won't cost a thing.
Have the Town Administrator call the Mass Highway Department and tell them to mow the grass on the large traffic islands on Route 20, and while they are at it, have them trim, prune, and thin the clumps of overgrown trees on the islands.
The grass is 18 inches tall in some spots. The clumps of trees were planted years ago to add a little landscaping to the islands, but have been let go. This area is the very first thing people see when they come off the interstate, and it has been neglected to the point that it is now an eyesore.
Great advertising for Sturbridge.
Just pick up the phone, make the call, and also ask then to come back every couple of weeks, too.
If we can't handle the simple and obvious, we will most certainly fail with the difficult and trying.