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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Represent

At a meeting last night, Springfield City Council approved a measure, by an eight-to-one vote, to "seek approval from the state Legislature" to change the way the council is elected, making "the first major change in the form of government here since 1961," according to Republican reporter Mike Plaisance. The change, if put into effect, would increase the number of council members from nine to 13. Currently, they...

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Devine assessment

Amherst-based blogger Tom Devine has posted his take on the recent Urban Land Institute panel presentation, with some colorful commentary about questions that arose about Springfield’s Union Station.

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