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

Wednesday, August 11, 2010

Who Wants To Be The Host For This Game Show?

Badly designed intersections are all over the world, we don't hold a candle to what India, and some other countries deal with, but some designs do.   Preaching to drive defensively, and "eyes on the road driving" is still the right, and best thing, but we also need to make sure our infrastructure doesn't hamper the very safety we preach.  When we are aware of an error, or mistake in our design we need to correct it, not put up signs to deal with that  bad design.  Anything else would be unforgivable if a tradgedy occured.

In the video below, who do you imagine would be responsible for spinning the wheel here?  If we act now,   and correct the problem, despite the cost, we are back to not enabling tragedies, and preventing them.

This public service video is from New Zealand. 


  1. The right video at the right time. Have you heard from anyone at town hall lately? Will this be addressed? I would like to know what is going through their heads. I would like to share what is going through mine, too!!!!!!

  2. Thanks for the video, Wally. We are waiting for "Town Hall" to address this situation, and cannot understand why this intersection, which is literally, in our faces every day wasn't loudly proclaimed to be a priority issue by the powers that be. How could they not have seen it? You are not allowed to add onto your home or cut down your own tree in this town without every factor being taken into consideration. Wasn't the roadway even measured? We could hold a dance on the sidewalk in front of the town hall, if there was no traffic trying to get out of Haynes Street. Yes, I know the sidewalk in front of the town hall is probably extra wide to keep in inline with the others next to it, but like a bad set of dentures, this project is really hurting and left to fester could be dangerous to our health.

  3. This is getting frustratingWednesday, August 11, 2010

    Does anyone know if anything has changed at Haynes and Main Streets yet?
    From what I've read here it seems that the only recommendation from anyone at the town hall was in Greg's statement: "The Town may well need to adjust trailer truck traffic patterns on Haynes Street if safety/pedestrian concerns dictate the change."
    If the Town Administrator gave the Selectmen the info from Greg, as he suggested he would, did they read it?
    Doesn't the fact that Wally pointed out the glaring problem to one Selectman who then passed it on to the town administrator, and the fact that we who post on his blog have been discussing it, mean that there ARE safety/pedestrian concerns???? If something happens up there, before something (anything) is done, how can the town, in good conscience, not feel some responsibility?


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