Study shows Fitchburg needs to improv...

Study shows Fitchburg needs to improve image, small-business climate - Sentinel & Enterprise

There are 84 comments on the Sentinel & Enterprise story from Oct 22, 2010, titled Study shows Fitchburg needs to improve image, small-business climate - Sentinel & Enterprise. In it, Sentinel & Enterprise reports that:

Three independent studies of the city shed light on a negative perception that revolves around Fitchburg and how the recession is impacting local businesses, according to James Noonan, professor at Fitchburg State University.

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#1 Oct 22, 2010
Agree. Although nothing will change around here. It will stay dirty full of drugs and gangs, Library is lucky enough to be open, forget about actual improvements. Lets see schools and programs, parents would have to have actual involvement in their child's lives (shocker)The concept of actual parenting, funny. This town can not handle the basics of good roads, schools, and a sewer system. Funny, improvement will not happen it will remain the same old same old.
These local business owners would have to have involvement to which most do not. It is all interconnected. You actually have to DO something, to GET something. As most know, most do nothing.
Wonder if

Fitchburg, MA

#2 Oct 22, 2010
Mayor Wong is reading this. This down hill spiral is happening on her watch. Cannot blame past mayors for this. Mayor Wong simply has no experience in Police Public safety and crime preventing measures that would make people or businesses feel safe. Lights out all over the town just to save around 40,000 dollars a year. By what we have seen in terms of crimes. It has cost citizens and business owners more in property losses and damages then she has saved. Crime has only gone up since she has been in office and since the lights have been turned off. I remember Wong saying: study shows lights have no effect on crime. We would like to read those studies, because after two years with no lights businesses and citizens, who became resent victims will tell you different.

Several Business owners calling 911 last year, and no police showed up after several calls into the station! The empty promises the captain and Mayor made public that never materialized. Mayor Wong, we answered your call to take responsibility for Fitchburg Public Safety and report crimes. But the city lacks the resources and funds to respond properly and back up the citizens and business owners who have answered your call. This lack of policy is only creating more victims as the police backup we receive, is next to nothing and the police's role has been whittled down to just taking reports after the crime has been committed.

Where are the funds that were promised at the Day street Public safety meeting? The captain and you stated then, that funds were in house and we would see improvements? To this day no police public safety policy has been brought forth to our attention.

This is mayor Wong's policy so far. Slash it, trash it, till you get cash grants for it, is making Fitchburg once again, one of the worse places to live or do business in America. It's a shell game Citizens and Businesses cannot afford. It has created Victims of all of us to be used as statistics, that will support her requests for Government grants.

We have all paid the price in full several times over and became the statistics Mayor Wong needed. Now is the time to hold Mayor Wong responsible for the promises she has made and broken. Feeling safe is a core value that cannot be overlooked anymore. If our pleas for help are ignored, we must take this to next election and find a Mayor that can put Police public safety first with real solutions and not false promises.

The road to someday leads to the city of nowhere, and that's what Fitchburg has become a place none of us want's to move to and or do business in.

If you became a victim of Mayor Wong's failed police public safety policies or lack of, you would feel the same way.

From the concerned Victims,Citizens and business owners that make up the Fitchburg Alliance for Public safety and awareness. 238 Bemis Rd. Fitchburg.
fitchburg

Clinton, MA

#3 Oct 22, 2010
I know lets raise taxes that will attract new business, O wait that won't work ,hey they did it anyway !
Wrong

Leominster, MA

#4 Oct 22, 2010
fitchburg wrote:
I know lets raise taxes that will attract new business, O wait that won't work ,hey they did it anyway !
The commercial tax rate has just been lowered. Pay attention.
I believe

Fitchburg, MA

#5 Oct 22, 2010
Wrong wrote:
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The commercial tax rate has just been lowered. Pay attention.
I believe the % differential has been lowered, but I don't think the actual taxes have been lowered. Taxes always go up!
Excallaber

United States

#6 Oct 22, 2010
I Agree totally and it is nice to see they didnt spend thousands on your study like they so the rest, down town can be out right hostle ive seen it, I lived there, funny thing prichard street at the time home of the Police station, a few years ago seemed to be one of the worst streets in the city you wouldnt belive what went on and through that street, you half to have an safe inviroment for starters that has to be in top of the list with out that its business as usual, change only happens when small hurdels are met frequntly, and as a result, one big affect, fitchburg has great potential, but has a horrible rap, things way out of controll, but there is hope, as I understand Lowell was in disrepair, and they have managed to turn that city around from what I gather,I like the article from the other day, making down town a cultural place, I think that is the best idea yet, but what is really funny everyone thinks there is no businees down town but look from start to finish there are a lot of stores, in place.
Wrong

Leominster, MA

#7 Oct 22, 2010
I believe wrote:
<quoted text>
I believe the % differential has been lowered, but I don't think the actual taxes have been lowered. Taxes always go up!
They go up everywhere. What's your point?
Excallaber

United States

#8 Oct 22, 2010
And Fitchburg has historicaly been Anti Business, how can you develop with their non productive thinking, in fact their thinking has run the whole city in to the ground, yet. I have hope id like to see fitchburg strive once again, like back in the hey day, I think leominster is a great model for fitchburg we should have Mayor Mazerrella on a speacial board to help pull things together and in a foreward direction.
Excallaber

United States

#9 Oct 22, 2010
Fitchburg is a revolving door for criminals,
Wrong

Leominster, MA

#10 Oct 22, 2010
Excallaber wrote:
And Fitchburg has historicaly been Anti Business, how can you develop with their non productive thinking, in fact their thinking has run the whole city in to the ground, yet. I have hope id like to see fitchburg strive once again, like back in the hey day, I think leominster is a great model for fitchburg we should have Mayor Mazerrella on a speacial board to help pull things together and in a foreward direction.
Fitchburg cannot sustain a big box store retail model based on proximity to a highway, like Leominster. Fitchburg must rely on a 3-part model; some larger non-retail producers, financial and other services, and arts and recreation. Much tougher to implement and certainly over Dino's head.
Everybody Leave

Leominster, MA

#11 Oct 22, 2010
Excallaber wrote:
I Agree totally and it is nice to see they didnt spend thousands on your study like they so the rest, down town can be out right hostle ive seen it, I lived there, funny thing prichard street at the time home of the Police station, a few years ago seemed to be one of the worst streets in the city you wouldnt belive what went on and through that street, you half to have an safe inviroment for starters that has to be in top of the list with out that its business as usual, change only happens when small hurdels are met frequntly, and as a result, one big affect, fitchburg has great potential, but has a horrible rap, things way out of controll, but there is hope, as I understand Lowell was in disrepair, and they have managed to turn that city around from what I gather,I like the article from the other day, making down town a cultural place, I think that is the best idea yet, but what is really funny everyone thinks there is no businees down town but look from start to finish there are a lot of stores, in place.
True, Lowell has turned around its downtown but like Fitchburg, I wouldn't go there at night and I wouldn't venture too far off the main street.
tow

Fitchburg, MA

#12 Oct 22, 2010
wong doesnt care. she is going out of her way to give away fitchburg's business.
she just awarded a towing contract to some of her lowel buddies. perfect, now all the fitchburg auto bodies lose that business.
im i naive in thinking that a mayor should want what little business we do have to stay here. maybe she should even go a touch out of her way to keep it here?
A good first step

Leominster, MA

#13 Oct 22, 2010
Rather than focus on blaming politicians and gangsters, I give Jim Noonan and his students credit here for addressing the issue without political influence.

FSU is a blessing for Fitchburg and this article shows us why. It would be easier for the business dept. to focus on community development projects in areas that have higher probability for success, however, they choose to target Fitchburg...great stuff. If you're following along, the campus and surrounding area have never looked better as well.

You never know which one of those students may blossom into the next local banker, developer, mayor, etc..providing some exposure to the real challenges that go along with revitalizing this community is classroom time well spent.

Nice job to FSU!
fitchburg

Clinton, MA

#14 Oct 22, 2010
Read more: http://www.sentinelandenterprise.com/ci_16346... tax rate has just been lowered. Pay attention

QUOTE who="Wrong"<quote d text>
The commerciTaxes on the average commercial property will increase by $232, while the average industrial property's bill will jump by $494, according to City Assessor Thomas Caputi
than what does this tax increase mean ??
fitchburg

Clinton, MA

#15 Oct 22, 2010
know matter how you think it looks, the bottom line is we will be paying more !!
Can do

Fitchburg, MA

#16 Oct 22, 2010
Wrong wrote:
<quoted text>
Fitchburg cannot sustain a big box store retail model based on proximity to a highway, like Leominster. Fitchburg must rely on a 3-part model; some larger non-retail producers, financial and other services, and arts and recreation. Much tougher to implement and certainly over Dino's head.
What Fitchburg can do is become more small business friendly. In the past they whacked business because they had large employers who could afford it and those employers were taken for granted and exploited. Large employers are now gone and are not coming back, basically anywhere in the region. Lower taxes do make a difference to small business. That's why the dual tax rate and perception of Fitchburg's business climate, hurts Fitchburg. Wonder how many people looking for a job would take one for $100 additional real estate tax?
Hmmm

United States

#17 Oct 22, 2010
Just found out my house value went down 20% because Fitchburg is in the toilet. Does that mean my assessed value on my real estate tax bill is going down too????? DOUBT IT!!
Brian

Haverhill, MA

#18 Oct 22, 2010
Hmmm wrote:
Just found out my house value went down 20% because Fitchburg is in the toilet. Does that mean my assessed value on my real estate tax bill is going down too????? DOUBT IT!!
Your house value is going DOWN which makes your taxes go UP! It's a Win Win here in the Brrrrrrggggggghhh.

And how bout the "too valuable piece of property" Fitchburg didn't want CVS or Walgreen's to take over (the old Fitchburg Music Building).

There's a story too about Kohl's wanting to come here but city government wanted Kohl's to rip up and fix the whole John Fitch Highway as a condition. Kohl's said........

Let's go to Leominster!

Other legends are many years ago, Budweiser wanted the same piece of property that Mont Monty Tech was on and were turned down.

They also wanted to build a main travel road through Fitchburg but it never happened.

I'm in the latter half of my life with a big mortgage and declining value and stuck here. The only silver lining is my family and friends are too.

Ms.Wong continues not to get it. She is a typical politician who plays favorites just like everyone else.
Excallaber

United States

#19 Oct 22, 2010
Fitchburg cannot sustain a big box store retail model based on proximity to a highway, like Leominster. Fitchburg must rely on a 3-part model; some larger non-retail producers, financial and other services, and arts and recreation. Much tougher to implement and certainly over Dino's head.
Wong,

I belive it could, it probably cost 80 thousand to tell you that, heres why Fitchburg could support a mall shoping area despite of its land locked location, were the shoping meca of many small communitys around this area from here to athol orange here to worcester here to nashua were basicly it people come to leominster from all these towns becouse were it so to build in fitchburg, is just to expand leominster were every one spends their cash american. some times studys just tell you what you want to hear I dont buy it. and that didnt cost 80 thousand,
BostonorBust

Boston, MA

#20 Oct 22, 2010
I think that the city's potential is highly dependant on getting people access to jobs in Boston - which means getting the commuter line down to under an hour. There are young, well educated, highly paid professionals that work in Boston that are looking for suburban areas to plant their roots without having to pay through the nose for a decent house(like in Newton, Wellesley, Acton, Concord) located in towns that are less than hour's train ride outside of Boston. As demand for our real estate increases, so too will housing values. However, a faster train won't solve all problems - you need a strong school system - as that will be the ultimate driving force in young professionals' decision on where to live.

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