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
Friday, October 5, 2012
Is There Anybody Out There?
Yes, our infrastructure has changed bit over the past several years. A bridge was rebuilt on Haynes Street. Route 20 was widened 20 plus years ago, as was Route 148. Route 131 was rebuilt over the last couple of years. A new High School, a new elementary school. Restoration of the Town Hall, and the Center School. A new water treatment plant. These are all great accomplishments, but the town itself, the view offered to visitors has changed little, and is ignored.
Currently, we are a place to drive through on the way to the Village, or a restaurant, nothing more. I love the trails, but we are not anywhere near the point of attracting throngs of hikers to our town.
We need to admit to ourselves that major improvements are needed immediately, and put teams of people into office that have the same vision. People that will be strong leaders, and work towards our resurrection. An agreed upon agenda, and plan, to develop this Pot O' Gold we call home.
Currently, since there is little movement in that direction I can say we don't have the leaders that see Sturbridge's resurrection as a priority. They may wish, and dream that it may happen someday, but they don't have the ability to take us there. No fault of their own, we just need people that have that ability, and desire.
Is there anybody out there willing to work in this direction?
We also need to decide who we want to be. Do we want to be a tourist destination? A retail destination? Or, just a border town with nothing more to offer than a bed and a meal to those taking their wallets elsewhere?
I think we have decided on the latter by default.