A new Main Street

There are 24 comments on the Berkshire Eagle story from Aug 18, 2009, titled A new Main Street. In it, Berkshire Eagle reports that:

The Selectmen have unanimously approved a comprehensive, $3.8 million state-funded plan that will completely reconstruct Main Street from St.

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Brian in MA - not MN

Minneapolis, MN

#1 Aug 19, 2009
What the heck is wrong with the pear trees on Main Street? They're beautiful in the spring, and provide great shade in the summer. I am sure we can all of better ways for the town to spend nearly all of the county's annual allocation of state highway funds. Mr. Dietrich sounds like an idiot when he claims the pear trees "are not the trees that should be there."
razorfish

Russell, MA

#2 Aug 19, 2009
Think what $366K in drug treatment programs could do for that town.
Groggy

Agawam, MA

#3 Aug 19, 2009
I had the same thought exactly! It almost sounds like one of those fashion nazis, or design nazis, who tell you "that color (that shirt, that tie, that curtain, that fabric) just isn't right for you." Let me ask a simple question: after this "re-design" will there still be a street? sidewalks? crosswalks? traffic lights, etc.? If so then why bother? I mean, if we're talking truly radical...like a tunnel under Main St to divert through traffic and make the current area a completely open plaza...maybe. But this smells like a bookdoggle, or someone making an effort to secure their legacy! The money and effort would be much better-spent building an ice rink, or some other project that would give idle kids something to do. I DO hope we get those fancy, old-fashioned gas-style street lamps tho...they seem to be a necessity!
just waiting

Pittsfield, MA

#4 Aug 19, 2009
now when the town says repair from st.james to cottage,does that include the st.james church that is in dier need of repair,maybe the town should donate some of that money to the church,i could careless about main street haven't seen it in so long,all the locals have been pushed out!!
Pittsfieldtude

Pittsfield, MA

#5 Aug 19, 2009
Once you cut down trees of such beauty, you can't replace them.....GB selectmen are just not so bright.........IT'S A COUNTRY MAIN STREET, why change it?
SAL

Asheville, NC

#6 Aug 19, 2009
why spend $3.8mill to ruin a lovely town-- do you know anything about trees????
better get the best tree care company we have in western Massachusetts!!!!!
Pittsfieldtude

Pittsfield, MA

#7 Aug 19, 2009
Brian in MA - not MN wrote:
What the heck is wrong with the pear trees on Main Street? They're beautiful in the spring, and provide great shade in the summer. I am sure we can all of better ways for the town to spend nearly all of the county's annual allocation of state highway funds. Mr. Dietrich sounds like an idiot when he claims the pear trees "are not the trees that should be there."
Not "sounds like", how about just "is an idiot". I swear these busybody types who get one ounce of power to spew their demented opinions really make me ill. The trees are beautiful! They're part of what makes that street so picturesque, cut them down and then plant them with seedlings and it will sadly look like North St. Pittsfield AND they will never grow to size they are now.......it just won't happen. This guy is a major douchebag.
Harry

Collierville, TN

#8 Aug 19, 2009
Sounds like a whole lot of wasted money, Is Gt.Bar. in 4mil. worth of disrepair?
Add that to lost buisness at owners exspence while construction drags on.
Not much of a bargin for tax payers or buisness owners. All that money for a pretty street, oh-yea, it will stimulate the construction co. and police overtime
for a year or so, so you know it will happen.
phil

Springfield, MA

#9 Aug 19, 2009
what a wast of money. all barrington needs is PARKING
really sad

West Springfield, MA

#10 Aug 19, 2009
Yeah, like there isnt something more important to do with the money.. This is bull****!! Traffic isnt bad enough so lets make it worse. Who decides where this money goes anyway?? Wake up!!!!
what

Adams, MA

#11 Aug 19, 2009
an asinine idea!!!!

“Everything is local”

Since: Apr 08

Great Barrington, MA

#12 Aug 19, 2009
Don't forget the Design Advisory Committee, Planning Board, and Historical Committee are very anti-business so the results will be interesting. Also when will we hear from the Mayor of North Adams on this, after all he doesn't like to share the money and from the funding a lot of other towns and the two cities will be shortchanged.

Since: Jan 09

Great Barrington, MA

#13 Aug 19, 2009
NOwhere in the article did it say WHY this project is being undertaken.

Anyway, St. James to Cottage is not the area that needs development and rehabilitation. It is north of Cottage to Hillsdale.

"John Dietrich, the project's manager and an engineer for Fuss and O'Neill of West Springfield, explained the pear trees that presently line the street "are not the trees that should be there."" WHY??????????
Mike

Richmond, MA

#14 Aug 19, 2009
And what specifically is wrong with the way things are now? If this goes through, I won't spend any time or dollars in GB while this mess is undertaken. Given the way things get done in Mass., this project will likely take over a year. Good luck to the businesses. They're going to need it.
yamon

Lenox, MA

#15 Aug 19, 2009
WTF!!!!!!!!!! the selectmen of GB should be spending the money on the fairground,,,,now that is a eyesore

“Everything is local”

Since: Apr 08

Great Barrington, MA

#16 Aug 19, 2009
yamon wrote:
****!!!!!! the selectmen of GB should be spending the money on the fairground,,,,now that is a eyesore
The fairgrounds is owned by a group that wants to develope the property, however they owe the town back taxes and have for quite awhile, they should go after that first.
razorfish

Russell, MA

#17 Aug 19, 2009
razorfish wrote:
Think what $366K in drug treatment programs could do for that town.
On second thought, they need way more money to touch their drug problems.
Kelly Jarvis

Cobleskill, NY

#18 Aug 19, 2009
You have to be kidding me. Those trees NEED to go? Goodbye Great Barrington. I doubt that I - and my dollars - will be visiting you again once you rip out the trees. You will be unrecognizable to me and countless others.
Nancy

Cobleskill, NY

#19 Aug 19, 2009
Do we as taxpayers have anything to say about this? Because I will go door to door to find out. And my guess is that no one wants those trees to go. So WHO is running this town? Who?

Since: Jan 09

Great Barrington, MA

#20 Aug 20, 2009
My guess is that John Dietrich has never walked down Main St. in the spring when the beautiful pear blossoms are falling from the trees. It is like a snowstorm in the spring.

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