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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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jtn

Fitchburg, MA

#62 Oct 25, 2010
Lisa wong called me and asked for the survey results. Imagine that. well she is the mayor of smallville
jtn

Fitchburg, MA

#63 Oct 25, 2010
Taxpayer wrote:
Gee, I wonder where the PERCEPTION comes from? Could it be people like Sally above who post nothing but frivolous nonsense about the city of Fitchburg?
I've seen a huge improvement in the past few years. I think the Mayor is finally turning the city around. I also know that Mr. Noonan does NOT like the mayor and will let you know that every chance he gets.
he loves the major-she is a 8 size 6c
Retail Therapy Works

Fitchburg, MA

#64 Oct 25, 2010
Lynch- in order to get Fitchburg to employ Fitchburg You need people in Fitchburg to WANT TO WORK!
Manufacturing is not going to come back to Fitchburg. They have to be brought back to the US first.
Same with the entry level service jobs, that are above min wage. Not even Leominster has them. Worcester does. Nashua NH does.
We have the space for it. We have the people for it. But we do not have the people out there to market the city for those types of business's
The there would be the need for training.

My neighborhood is nice. And not because of the college or the "wonderful" students of the college that is here to save us. It is nice because those of us that live here CARE. Nothing happens in our neighborhood without SOMEONE noticing and calling th epolice.

The police are another issue all together. On two occasions I myself have called them for assistance only to have them never show up. I once saw them chase a guy down. catch him. throw him in the cruiser and then after 15 minutes let him out. Take the cuffs off and pat him on the back like they were old friends. And the rumors that abound in this city about the police are scary.. and IMHO True.

What we need is someone that isnt afraid to stand up to the crazies, the druggies, the slum lords and the other special interests groups. Right and left wing.
We need someone with balls to do what needs to be done. On both a local and national level.

Question is Mr Lynch.. are YOU that person? Or is it going to be someone with no political back ground at all to finally stop this bs and fix what is broken.
Sigh

Fitchburg, MA

#65 Oct 25, 2010
We moved here about 3 years ago from Boston. It's equidistant from both our families, on the T and much cheaper to buy a home. I can't believe we were so dumb. This place sucks! It's dirty, there's a bad element and there's nothing here except pizza joints and Asian restaurants. We go downtown to try and do our part and contribute to the local economy. What do we get? People calling my wife names, horribly ignorant passer-bys and our car gets broken into. Horrified to say the least. All we hear is there's still good people here and still good places to live in the city. Really? Where? Our neighborhood has experienced multiple break-ins and when we're out all we see is dirty people with no sense of pride or scumbags which have become the poster children for the city. Things won't change. It's too far gone. There is nothing appealing about Fitchburg unless it's in your rear view mirror.

Since: Oct 07

Fitchburg, MA

#66 Oct 25, 2010
I really hope we didn't spend any money on that study. That's like paying for a study on the color of grass.
Blogenburgian

Clinton, MA

#67 Oct 25, 2010
Erebus wrote:
I really hope we didn't spend any money on that study. That's like paying for a study on the color of grass.
We'll don't pay any attention to students whose major are in Business, Economics, Marketing and Research and then complain the place is a pit! Elect another politician who worked as a suit salemen, bar owner or 26 year old. Thats much better.

Since: Oct 07

Fitchburg, MA

#68 Oct 25, 2010
Blogenburgian wrote:
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We'll don't pay any attention to students whose major are in Business, Economics, Marketing and Research and then complain the place is a pit! Elect another politician who worked as a suit salemen, bar owner or 26 year old. Thats much better.
I would rather vote for someone who actually ran a business successfully. Getting a degree is great but I'm not going to vote for you until you demonstrate that you actually can make sound business decisions.

I don't wanna vote for someone that has all the education in the world but can't balance their own checkbook. I also don't wanna vote for someone would run a business into the ground to line their pockets with green.
Blogenburgian

Clinton, MA

#69 Oct 26, 2010
Erebus wrote:
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I would rather vote for someone who actually ran a business successfully. Getting a degree is great but I'm not going to vote for you until you demonstrate that you actually can make sound business decisions.
I don't wanna vote for someone that has all the education in the world but can't balance their own checkbook. I also don't wanna vote for someone would run a business into the ground to line their pockets with green.
Yes what do these kids know study economics, marketing and business strategy. I would much rather go with people who make up the models as they go which most likely serve one thing - their own well being and agendas. We would not be in this mess if sound business practice was being followed.
Fitchburg

Gardner, MA

#70 Oct 27, 2010
Erebus wrote:
I really hope we didn't spend any money on that study. That's like paying for a study on the color of grass.
You really hope we didn't spend money on that study? These students went out and did their assigned project which was, to study businesses and see how not only the economy but the image of the city is bringing them down. It's a study on the city, and surrounding towns, where many of them reside while at school. Some may live on campus, and some commuters but they too see what the city has and what it doesn't have and for them to go out and present a research study has clearly gotten many people's attention. Not only attention, but a lot of feedback. I think the study was a great idea to really get the thoughts and ideas of the residents. Great job FSU!

Since: Oct 07

Fitchburg, MA

#71 Oct 28, 2010
Fitchburg wrote:
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You really hope we didn't spend money on that study? These students went out and did their assigned project which was, to study businesses and see how not only the economy but the image of the city is bringing them down. It's a study on the city, and surrounding towns, where many of them reside while at school. Some may live on campus, and some commuters but they too see what the city has and what it doesn't have and for them to go out and present a research study has clearly gotten many people's attention. Not only attention, but a lot of feedback. I think the study was a great idea to really get the thoughts and ideas of the residents. Great job FSU!
My point was that Fitchburg has a lousy reputation in the area was not something we needed a study to determine. It's been common knowledge for quite a while.
chris107

Concord, MA

#72 Oct 28, 2010
I love living in fitchburg. You can call your dealer, and get the stuff delivered to you. Need to get laid? just head down to the fitchburg 500, pick yourself up a heroin addict. 20 to hang out, 40 to have some fun..wanna really see the sights, go visit our awesome night life on main street. LMFAO fitchburg is a cess pool. And the politicians,police,and elected officials all know this...

“I'm a Fitchburger and Proud ”

Since: Jan 08

Fitchburg ( of course)

#73 Oct 29, 2010
chris107 wrote:
I love living in fitchburg. You can call your dealer, and get the stuff delivered to you. Need to get laid? just head down to the fitchburg 500, pick yourself up a heroin addict. 20 to hang out, 40 to have some fun..wanna really see the sights, go visit our awesome night life on main street. LMFAO fitchburg is a cess pool. And the politicians,police,and elected officials all know this...
You seem particularly enamored of one very negative aspect of My HOME. You seem intimately familiar with that aspect of your personality that comes up with this scenario, so maybe if you put down the crack pipe and the hooker maybe you will realize that that aspect of your demented addiction to slime is anywhere you are. Those desires follow you and will bring you to your knees (literally). So again put down the syringe and the maybe then you can grow to see that this is one of the richest cities in the world. BTW the constant slurs are hurtful to many who love this city for what it was, is and can be once again. We're getting there!

You can revise or reform all the history you want but it doesn't change the fact that REPUBLISCAMS (and their boot licks, the tea bagger cult) CAN NOT BE TRUSTED!!!

VOTE THE DEMOCRATIC PARTY ON NOVEMBER 2ND TO SAVE THE COMMONWEALTH AND THE COUNTRY!

We know who the democratic candidates are ... we have no idea who these tea baggers and republiscams really work for!

DEMOCRATIC CANDIDATES WORK OF THE PEOPLE!
DEMOCRATIC CANDIDATES WORK BY THE PEOPLE!
DEMOCRATIC CANDIDATES WORK FOR THE PEOPLE!

VOTE DEMOCRATIC AND WIN!!!!

Since: Sep 09

Location hidden

#74 Oct 30, 2010
sonny brisebois wrote:
<quoted text>You seem particularly enamored of one very negative aspect of My HOME. You seem intimately familiar with that aspect of your personality that comes up with this scenario, so maybe if you put down the crack pipe and the hooker maybe you will realize that that aspect of your demented addiction to slime is anywhere you are. Those desires follow you and will bring you to your knees (literally). So again put down the syringe and the maybe then you can grow to see that this is one of the richest cities in the world. BTW the constant slurs are hurtful to many who love this city for what it was, is and can be once again. We're getting there!
You can revise or reform all the history you want but it doesn't change the fact that REPUBLISCAMS (and their boot licks, the tea bagger cult) CAN NOT BE TRUSTED!!!
VOTE THE DEMOCRATIC PARTY ON NOVEMBER 2ND TO SAVE THE COMMONWEALTH AND THE COUNTRY!
We know who the democratic candidates are ... we have no idea who these tea baggers and republiscams really work for!
DEMOCRATIC CANDIDATES WORK OF THE PEOPLE!
DEMOCRATIC CANDIDATES WORK BY THE PEOPLE!
DEMOCRATIC CANDIDATES WORK FOR THE PEOPLE!
VOTE DEMOCRATIC AND WIN!!!!
Sonny neither party works for anyone but their own self absorbed needs. Republican or democrat. Our system of government has run it course, it is time for change. The issues are not only with Fitchburg but all over. All of us are self absorbed and only care about our own needs and no one else's. We Drive and we think of only if " I am first" Blast my music so every window vibrates because "it is my right, I want to do it." People smoke in front of building be cause they are too lazy and could give a damn about anyone else. We do not want to pay our taxes because it takes money out of my hand, "government just wastes it" We do not see that out tax money goes to education, roads, police, fire fighters *but lord forbid if I call the police because my love one is in trouble, and they do not come fast enough,(wonder why?) I will sue the city for that!! My house is on fire but they did not come in time,(I'll sue for that too!!) Or like how it is today we can not compete,our schools have failed we no longer have children that can do advanced math and science (they are lucky to have the basics) We no longer teach languages (most other countries it is a prerequisite to be multi lingual)Our schools are underfunded understaffed, they can not even afford new textbooks my son has a social studies book that was published in 1987. No math books... We will not be able to compete.The education of our children, heath care access to health care, roads, police fire ect. should be a concern and right for all not a few. After all those issue affect use all. We in our culture today, have become backwards. We no longer care. We no longer see anything or understand anything other than our own self chosen narrow views. Just like those who watch fox network does not choose to watch or hear anything other, or in the reverse those who read the globe or watch CNN/NBC choose not to hear anything else. We have become uncaring, selfish, arrogant stupid fools. Instead of working for equality for all, it is equality for I, me, my own. We have ceased to continue to evolve. It is sad and scary thinking of what kind or future this country has, or has not more likely.

“I'm a Fitchburger and Proud ”

Since: Jan 08

Fitchburg ( of course)

#75 Nov 1, 2010
Zimmer wrote:
<quoted text>
Sonny neither party works for anyone but their own self absorbed needs. Republican or democrat. Our system of government has run it course, it is time for change. The issues are not only with Fitchburg but all over. All of us are self absorbed and only care about our own needs and no one else's. We Drive and we think of only if " I am first" Blast my music so every window vibrates because "it is my right, I want to do it." People smoke in front of building be cause they are too lazy and could give a damn about anyone else. We do not want to pay our taxes because it takes money out of my hand, "government just wastes it" We do not see that out tax money goes to education, roads, police, fire fighters *but lord forbid if I call the police because my love one is in trouble, and they do not come fast enough,(wonder why?) I will sue the city for that!! My house is on fire but they did not come in time,(I'll sue for that too!!) Or like how it is today we can not compete,our schools have failed we no longer have children that can do advanced math and science (they are lucky to have the basics) We no longer teach languages (most other countries it is a prerequisite to be multi lingual)Our schools are underfunded understaffed, they can not even afford new textbooks my son has a social studies book that was published in 1987. No math books... We will not be able to compete.The education of our children, heath care access to health care, roads, police fire ect. should be a concern and right for all not a few. After all those issue affect use all. We in our culture today, have become backwards. We no longer care. We no longer see anything or understand anything other than our own self chosen narrow views. Just like those who watch fox network does not choose to watch or hear anything other, or in the reverse those who read the globe or watch CNN/NBC choose not to hear anything else. We have become uncaring, selfish, arrogant stupid fools. Instead of working for equality for all, it is equality for I, me, my own. We have ceased to continue to evolve. It is sad and scary thinking of what kind or future this country has, or has not more likely.
Zimmer, I can't help but notice that it's the Democratic Party that champions the causes that feeds the hungry, shelters the poor and provide for the elderly and infirm. The Democratic Party has been as over-whelmed as the rest of the correct thinking people (center to left) who are totally upended as to how we got into this mess... and the first thing the Republiscams and their minions The Tea Baggers scream for is scraping the whole system in exchange for some nebulous white supremacist utopia where corporations rule with no taxes and where the streets are paved with the blood of the poor and being reinforced with slave Labor consisting of Hispanic-Americans, Asian Americans, Jewish Americans, Muslim Americans, African Americans, "Race Traitors", Homosexual American... And the list goes on and on. Whoever doesn't measure up is thrown into the oblivion of "loserville" or "slumtown" or whatever ghetto is popular in the new "Whitened America".
We must, now more than ever, cleave to the Ideals that have made America the Free and homeland of all nations. Land Of the free and home of the brave... The subversion of the this country's very soul is in the balance and the evil of the right wing is threatening to pull us apart!!!

they can revise or reform all the history they want but it doesn't change the fact that REPUBLISCAMS (and their boot licks, the tea bagger cult) CAN NOT BE TRUSTED!!!
VOTE THE DEMOCRATIC PARTY ON NOVEMBER 2ND TO SAVE THE COMMONWEALTH AND THE COUNTRY!
We know who the democratic candidates are ... we have no idea who these tea baggers and republiscams really work for!
DEMOCRATIC CANDIDATES WORK OF THE PEOPLE!
DEMOCRATIC CANDIDATES WORK BY THE PEOPLE!
DEMOCRATIC CANDIDATES WORK FOR THE PEOPLE!
VOTE DEMOCRATIC AND WIN!!!!

“I'm a Fitchburger and Proud ”

Since: Jan 08

Fitchburg ( of course)

#76 Nov 1, 2010
Zimmer, I can't help but notice that it's the Democratic Party that champions the causes that feeds the hungry, shelters the poor and provide for the elderly and infirm. The Democratic Party has been as over-whelmed as the rest of the correct thinking people (center to left) who are totally upended as to how we got into this mess... and the first thing the Republiscams and their minions The Tea Baggers scream for is scraping the whole system in exchange for some nebulous white supremacist utopia where corporations rule with no taxes and where the streets are paved with the blood of the poor and being reinforced with slave Labor consisting of Hispanic-Americans, Asian Americans, Jewish Americans, Muslim Americans, African Americans, "Race Traitors", Homosexual American... And the list goes on and on. Whoever doesn't measure up is thrown into the oblivion of "loserville" or "slumtown" or whatever ghetto is popular in the new "Whitened America".
We must, now more than ever, cleave to the Ideals that have made America the Free and homeland of all nations. Land Of the free and home of the brave... The subversion of the this country's very soul is in the balance and the evil of the right wing is threatening to pull us apart!!!
they can revise or reform all the history they want but it doesn't change the fact that REPUBLISCAMS (and their boot licks, the tea bagger cult) CAN NOT BE TRUSTED!!!
VOTE THE DEMOCRATIC PARTY ON NOVEMBER 2ND TO SAVE THE COMMONWEALTH AND THE COUNTRY!
We know who the democratic candidates are ... we have no idea who these tea baggers and republiscams really work for!
DEMOCRATIC CANDIDATES WORK OF THE PEOPLE!
DEMOCRATIC CANDIDATES WORK BY THE PEOPLE!
DEMOCRATIC CANDIDATES WORK FOR THE PEOPLE!
VOTE DEMOCRATIC AND WIN!!!!
information

AOL

#77 Nov 1, 2010
Wonder if wrote:
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.
She is not totally to blame for Fichburgs problems, Fitchurg has had problems for years, if not a decade, and if there is any forward motion, it will be difficult to see with the economy being so poor

Since: Sep 09

Location hidden

#78 Nov 2, 2010
sonny brisebois wrote:
Zimmer, I can't help but notice that it's the Democratic Party that champions the causes that feeds the hungry, shelters the poor and provide for the elderly and infirm. The Democratic Party has been as over-whelmed as the rest of the correct thinking people (center to left) who are totally upended as to how we got into this mess... and the first thing the Republiscams and their minions The Tea Baggers scream for is scraping the whole system in exchange for some nebulous white supremacist utopia where corporations rule with no taxes and where the streets are paved with the blood of the poor and being reinforced with slave Labor consisting of Hispanic-Americans, Asian Americans, Jewish Americans, Muslim Americans, African Americans, "Race Traitors", Homosexual American... And the list goes on and on. Whoever doesn't measure up is thrown into the oblivion of "loserville" or "slumtown" or whatever ghetto is popular in the new "Whitened America".
We must, now more than ever, cleave to the Ideals that have made America the Free and homeland of all nations. Land Of the free and home of the brave... The subversion of the this country's very soul is in the balance and the evil of the right wing is threatening to pull us apart!!!
they can revise or reform all the history they want but it doesn't change the fact that REPUBLISCAMS (and their boot licks, the tea bagger cult) CAN NOT BE TRUSTED!!!
VOTE THE DEMOCRATIC PARTY ON NOVEMBER 2ND TO SAVE THE COMMONWEALTH AND THE COUNTRY!
We know who the democratic candidates are ... we have no idea who these tea baggers and republiscams really work for!
DEMOCRATIC CANDIDATES WORK OF THE PEOPLE!
DEMOCRATIC CANDIDATES WORK BY THE PEOPLE!
DEMOCRATIC CANDIDATES WORK FOR THE PEOPLE!
VOTE DEMOCRATIC AND WIN!!!!
Yes you are right in someways. But the democrat's are just as vile in their own way. No one is guilt free. Both are equally as guilty of injustice as the other. We as a whole, the human race has not evolved past the point that we can over come our noses. We all look down our noses at those that do not believe as we do, live as we, do look different then we do. We are all self centered and foolish. We as a race, the human race are still teenagers at heart. That has not and will not change.
fitfat

Fitchburg, MA

#79 Nov 2, 2010
The city is coming back uhoooo the river street project is dead, the bank pulled out. The Bemis Road condos are going upfor rent, not condo sales and the bank pulled out of there, Destare is going to try and make it to January and there gone.....

“I'm a Fitchburger and Proud ”

Since: Jan 08

Fitchburg ( of course)

#80 Nov 2, 2010
Zimmer wrote:
<quoted text>
Yes you are right in someways. But the democrat's are just as vile in their own way. No one is guilt free. Both are equally as guilty of injustice as the other. We as a whole, the human race has not evolved past the point that we can over come our noses. We all look down our noses at those that do not believe as we do, live as we, do look different then we do. We are all self centered and foolish. We as a race, the human race are still teenagers at heart. That has not and will not change.
Show me actual damage to this country that the Dems are guilty of? In the current struggle that this country faces the Democrats are the only road to sanity. Explain the vileness, I don't see Democrats seeking to undermine and topple the America we Love. Dems see everyday the needs of the people of this country and are trying, under the black cloud of the republiscams and the tea baggers negativity, trying to strip away all of the things we the people paid for already... Like unemployment insurance, Social Security, Medicare, getting ahead without the need to buddy up with some Tea soaked human corruption like the Republiscams or the Tea Bagger Cult!

I understand your frustration but the answer will never be to throw out the Democratic baby with the bath water. If we give our Democratic brethren the trust they need to succeed, they will come through for us... Protecting our REAL freedoms and sticking to the proposition that all men are created EQUAL and everyone deserves the same opportunities as the Fat Rich Republiscams and now their Tea Bagger cult, have stolen from the everyman!
Mike From Leominster

Leominster, MA

#81 Nov 3, 2010
fitfat wrote:
The city is coming back uhoooo the river street project is dead, the bank pulled out. The Bemis Road condos are going upfor rent, not condo sales and the bank pulled out of there, Destare is going to try and make it to January and there gone.....
Oh pray tell who are your sources Nostradamus?

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