Blasts from the Advocate’s past: blogs, special sections, and retired features

From Graduate to Homeless: After aging out of school or foster care, many young people face life on the streets
Mar22

From Graduate to Homeless: After aging out of school or foster care, many young people face life on the streets

Whether it’s hanging a decorative painting on the wall, arranging a vase of spring tulips on the kitchen table or simply placing a welcome sign on the front door, these trademark aspects of having a place to call home are often taken for granted. This fall, a handful of local young adults will finally get the chance to hang their own “Welcome Home” sign for the first time. The Hampshire County Friends of the Homeless, in collaboration...

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Play it Again, Sam: MGM pitches a major redesign
Oct02

Play it Again, Sam: MGM pitches a major redesign

If there is a silver lining to MGM Springfield’s construction delays, it may be that casino execs have had some extra time to check the books on this $800+ million project. And it’s a good thing they did. Due to budgetary concerns, the company has just announced that the glass hotel tower — originally planned as one of the main draws to the casino, and a gleaming upgrade to the city’s staid skyline — is no more. On Sep. 22, MGM...

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More details on State Street progress

George O’Brien wrote an article for the June 12 issue of BusinessWest about developments along Springfield’s State Street corridor. The story is that rare breed of news article that takes a close look at the design considerations, with a nod to the process that the commissioned engineering firm, VHB, has been undergoing for months now. From the article: "Our basic goal is to improve travel for pedestrians, bicycles,...

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ULI week follow-up

Springfield City Hall has posted the ULI panel’s final presentation (PDF) online. NPR affiliate station WFCR‘s Tina Antolini covered the ULI panel’s visit all week, collecting hours of audio footage. Antolini deftly condensed the report into a scant ten minutes or so in a piece that aired yesterday. The Republican‘s Azell Murphy Cavaan could also be seen at most of the ULI events during the week. Her summary of...

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Fragile stability: FCB quarterly report

The Springfield Finance Control Board recently released its September 27 quarterly report (PDF). Its next meeting is slated for Friday, October 20, 11:00 am in room 220 at City Hall. So much fire-putting-out has been done by the FCB, I wonder why they don’t wear hard hats at their meetings. From the quarterly report: While the operating budget is in balance, this balance is precarious and can be tipped by a revenue shortfall or...

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ULI report: Barry Elbasani on downtown Springfield

The entire Urban Land Institute presentation about Springfield merits close study and discussion. Of pressing interest is Barry Elbasani’s section on downtown, in which the short- and mid-term recommended projects were unveiled, along with what might be termed guiding philosophical approaches to physical design and strategy. Elbasani, of ELS Architecture and Urban Design in Berkeley, CA, began his piece last Friday by asking,...

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