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
Saturday, October 16, 2010
A Saturday Morning Thought Bubble
The issue is not about the number of accidents a place had in the past. Never was. The issue is that a place was already compromised to its efficacy, and could have been improved so that damage to personal property, and town property would be minimized, and that the road could be used as a road, and that sidewalks could be used as sidewalks, not an extension of the road. The right people were not at the right meetings to share the right thoughts, and make the right plan.
No amount of past meeting minutes, or drawings of intersections, will ever correct that. All they do is confirm that the plan could have been vastly improved. Instead, we settled.
The entire matter is spilt milk now. Next time I hope we'll hold a bit tighter to the glass.