Autumn in the North Cemetery.

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, April 29, 2010

Can You Imagine?

An interesting Sturbridge factoid:

"EXTENDING BEYOND THE MASS PIKE: In its 1965 "Central Corridor Traffic Study," the MassDPW recommended a 35-mile-long extension of the Wilbur Cross Highway (MA 15) from the Massachusetts Turnpike (I-90) in Sturbridge north to MA 12 in Ashburnham. The four-lane, north-south freeway was expected to carry 15,000 vehicles per day (AADT) some 20 years hence.The proposed MA 15 Expressway was to provide access to the Concord Pike (MA 2) near EXIT 24 (MA 140) in Westminster. It also was to connect to the MA 9 and MA 122 expressways, two radial routes that were to provide access to downtown Worcester. Like the MA 9 and MA 122 expressways, the MA 15 Expressway extension to Ashburnham was not built."

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