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

Tuesday, July 6, 2010

This Is So Neat

I am excited.  When I drive down Route 131, and look around me and see the work being done in town I find it hard not to bounce right off my seat, and out the window of my truck.

Where do I begin?  Well, for one thing the new road construction is fantastic. New granite curbing, concrete sidewalks sculpted perfectly to meet ADA requirements that will stretch all the way to Southbridge, a new sidewalk in front of the Town Common, a completely renovated Town Hall, and across the street, a renovated Center School, fine stone retaining walls alongside the roadway, a new storm drainage system.

Finally, Sturbridge is entering the 20th Century!  Yes, these things were long overdue, and should have been accomplished years ago in the last century, but playing catch-up is good, no matter how far behind you are.  We'll do fine.

What will be very interesting, over the coming months, is seeing how some businesses adapt to the changes the new construction will bring their way.  Some will cope without a problem, but some are going to have a hard time.  Some already are.

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