Battle lines in Tyngsboro: History vs...

Battle lines in Tyngsboro: History vs. progress

There are 27 comments on the Lowell Sun story from Apr 16, 2008, titled Battle lines in Tyngsboro: History vs. progress. In it, Lowell Sun reports that:

A proposal to convert historical buildings in the town center to condominiums is stirring up debate over how to secure Tyngsboro's future while preserving its past.

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The Beginning of the End

Westminster, MA

#1 Apr 16, 2008
At the rate Tyngsboro is declinging, all we will ahve in a few more years are abandoned Twon buildings and nothing else. We cannot afford history when the present can't be supported.
Corey

United States

#2 Apr 16, 2008
The Beginning of the End wrote:
At the rate Tyngsboro is declinging, all we will ahve in a few more years are abandoned Twon buildings and nothing else. We cannot afford history when the present can't be supported.
Tyngsboro simply isn't a historical town - it's barely a town. The town is one of the newest in the area, save Lowell (which doesn't count in the "New England Town" picture). It doesn't even pre-date the Revolution as a separate place. I've always figured the shape of the town is so random because it's all leftovers nobody else wanted.

The town center was demolished before just about any of our lifetimes in the name of building the green bridge and then again (in the lifetime of some residents) when they widened Middlesex Road. Then, the government of the town closed the library and the town hall and the Winslow school and moved them all off to really remote locations hidden in the woods in the name of progress. Now they want to tear down more of it and replace it with a parking lot? The church in the center's paint is peeling awfully and the bridge work is a joke.

I really wish they would just disband the place and split it among the neighboring towns.
Observer

Walpole, MA

#3 Apr 16, 2008
The Beginning of the End wrote:
At the rate Tyngsboro is declinging, all we will ahve in a few more years are abandoned Twon buildings and nothing else. We cannot afford history when the present can't be supported.
The present is being supported just not to their liking.
sue

Tewksbury, MA

#4 Apr 16, 2008
isn't this what cpc funds are for?
ted

Tewksbury, MA

#5 Apr 17, 2008
why was the historical society forced out of the old library, they kept it up, people used it- somebody had another use in mind- now it sits empty for years
lowering the bar

Haverhill, MA

#6 Apr 17, 2008
Corey,
You make an interesting point. Are you suggesting that Tyngsborough become parts of Dracut and Dunstable?
Corey

United States

#7 Apr 17, 2008
lowering the bar wrote:
Corey,
You make an interesting point. Are you suggesting that Tyngsborough become parts of Dracut and Dunstable?
The east part of Tyngsboro could very well be in Dracut. That way, all the town services are on the same side of the river. They're already on the same water system over there, correct?

The west side is harder to figure out exactly how to divide. Dunstable would probably triple in population (and all of a sudden have a bunch of traffic lights!) if we gave it all to them. I'd break it up among Westford, Chelmsford, and Dunstable. Give the Scribnerites to Westford, the Middlesex Rd business district to Dunstable, and the area south of the Bridge along the river and over to Rte 3 to Chelmsford. That'd probably make the most people happy.
Jim

Bedford, MA

#8 Apr 17, 2008
Corey, You are brilliant!! I think my taxes just went down with your proposal and the family can now take advantage of the Roudenbush Community Center. I couldn't afford Westford a few years ago when I bought a house but with your proposal I can have it all. The only problem is that Kevin O'Connor and company would be out of work. Which leads to another question, when Polaroid died so did the pension of the retirees, Does the breakup of Tyngsboro mean that Mr. Hawkins and all of the others that contributed to the soon to be defunct town, lose their pensions too? Only seems fair...
Corey

United States

#9 Apr 17, 2008
Jim wrote:
Corey, You are brilliant!! I think my taxes just went down with your proposal and the family can now take advantage of the Roudenbush Community Center. I couldn't afford Westford a few years ago when I bought a house but with your proposal I can have it all. The only problem is that Kevin O'Connor and company would be out of work. Which leads to another question, when Polaroid died so did the pension of the retirees, Does the breakup of Tyngsboro mean that Mr. Hawkins and all of the others that contributed to the soon to be defunct town, lose their pensions too? Only seems fair...
I just hope Westford would allow in such riff-raff as Scribnerites, or my whole plan goes up in smoke. Growing up in that area, we always used the Westford library and even my dog went to Roudenbush for school.

As for the pensions, they can keep them if they can get Matthew's to re-open. The town's post Matthew's shut-down ratio of one strip club to every 3,800 males over 18 is not nearly high enough. Tyngsboro must once again be the only town in New England where strip clubs outnumber Dunkin Donuts and CVSes combined!
Corey

United States

#10 Apr 17, 2008
I didn't think that through - if they're going to disband the town, they can't keep the strip-club capital distinction of course. So I guess the pensions go.
lowering the bar

Haverhill, MA

#11 Apr 17, 2008
Corey wrote:
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I just hope Westford would allow in such riff-raff as Scribnerites, or my whole plan goes up in smoke. Growing up in that area, we always used the Westford library and even my dog went to Roudenbush for school.
As for the pensions, they can keep them if they can get Matthew's to re-open. The town's post Matthew's shut-down ratio of one strip club to every 3,800 males over 18 is not nearly high enough. Tyngsboro must once again be the only town in New England where strip clubs outnumber Dunkin Donuts and CVSes combined!
Corey,
Your statistics are bulletproof. Your plans to increase employment in the regions service establishments are nothing short of brilliant. You should run for Selectman.
Corey

United States

#12 Apr 17, 2008
lowering the bar wrote:
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Corey,
Your statistics are bulletproof. Your plans to increase employment in the regions service establishments are nothing short of brilliant. You should run for Selectman.
I could - I used to build sandcastles at Massapoag and discuss physics with Jay Booth at the YMCA after-school program back in the day. He's not seeking re-election...
lowering the bar

Haverhill, MA

#13 Apr 17, 2008
Corey wrote:
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I could - I used to build sandcastles at Massapoag and discuss physics with Jay Booth at the YMCA after-school program back in the day. He's not seeking re-election...
I'm assuming that those two items are already on your resume?
Scribnerite

Walpole, MA

#14 Apr 17, 2008
Corey wrote:
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I just hope Westford would allow in such riff-raff as Scribnerites, or my whole plan goes up in smoke.
Geez, I hope they won't. They're worse than Tyngsboro.
ted

Tewksbury, MA

#15 Apr 17, 2008
but their roads are better than scribner
Scribnerite

Walpole, MA

#16 Apr 18, 2008
ted wrote:
but their roads are better than scribner
I agree and they do a much better job of snow removal. The problem is that they're even more tax crazy than Tyngsboro if you can believe it.
lowering the bar

Haverhill, MA

#17 Apr 18, 2008
Where can I subscribe to the "Matthews Restoration" movement?
Who-Cares

Lowell, MA

#18 Apr 18, 2008
The contributors to this blog are't offerring anything of importance. The Town should maintain historical sites. It is called "balance". Middlesex road will have far too many businesses when sewer and water are put in place. The Town should have a historic district, strip clubs, and a controlled busniess district. Middlesex road could be as obnoxious as Nashua.
Corey

Windsor, CT

#19 Apr 18, 2008
Scribnerite wrote:
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I agree and they do a much better job of snow removal. The problem is that they're even more tax crazy than Tyngsboro if you can believe it.
Is that a recent change? Unless this data is old, in absolute percentage points, nobody beats T-Burro: http://www.nmcog.org/Town%20Pages/Tyngsboroug...
Corey

United States

#20 Apr 18, 2008
Who-Cares wrote:
The contributors to this blog are't offerring anything of importance. The Town should maintain historical sites. It is called "balance". Middlesex road will have far too many businesses when sewer and water are put in place. The Town should have a historic district, strip clubs, and a controlled busniess district. Middlesex road could be as obnoxious as Nashua.
What I was saying, joking aside, is the town has failed over the last X years to maintain historical sites, to the point where it's way too late to start caring now. Might as well turn Middlesex Road into a new Nashua to get the tax burden off the residents at least.

Chelmsford added on to their library, Westford added on to their library, why was the Tyngsboro library completely closed and moved out of the center? Tyngsboro town hall has termites, they abandon the building. Westford town hall has structural issues, they fix it. Tearing down the only (although failed...) business in the town center and replacing it with asphault is a mistake. Buying up a trailer park and turning it into a park in a town where most people have at least an acre of their own land but can't afford higher taxes and would love better schools is a mistake. Talks about leaving up both bridges after the green one is fixed and ruining the view of the bridge coming up from Chelmsford is a mistake. Residental growth has been explosive and unsupportable in the name of builder's interest and only now does the town look back and realize they've screwed up? Which is why I'm only half-jokingly saying Tyngsboro is a mistake.

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