North Adams mayor battles for 14th term
Mayor John Barrett III doesn't pretend to understand the exhibits in the Massachusetts Museum of Contemporary Art, but he knows they represent his political legacy, which he risked more than 20 years ago on a plan to retool his city's economy around the creative arts.
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#1 Oct 11, 2009
Great article - it honestly describes why the regular, everyday North Adams voter and taxpayer supports John Barrett.
Keep the Mayor the Mayor!
#2 Oct 12, 2009
This Globe article was fantastic. Good job, Mayor Barrett!!
#3 Oct 15, 2009
It is a great article it states why we need a change in the mayors office. It is turning back into a one industry city with Mass Moca being the only thing done in the past 10 years. Main Street still has many empty stores and it isn't just because of the cost of rent in the buildings. If it is a fact that 150,000 people come to North Adams a year then there should be residual business flowing out to Main street.
#4 Oct 19, 2009
14 Terms? That seems like alot of time without much getting accomplished. And as far as Mass Moca,truth be told,Barrett had no idea whatsoever what he was doing or if Mass Moca was even going to work. Back then,times were really bad around here,and this oppotunity arose,and it also gave him the chance to rub elbows with important state and national leaders,like the late Commerce Secretary Ron Brown,who even visited Moca. Once again,Barrett saw an opportunity,(most likely for himself),and took advantage of it,not doubt figuring that at the very least,getting to know all of those bigwigs could'nt hurt his future,no matter what happened to North Adams,Mass Moca or anything else. It just turned out better than even he might have hoped. In the early 80's,things were so bad if somebody had offered to open a plant making 'CRACK' he probably would've jumped at it. Now,years later,and during one of the biggest fights of his politcal life,of course,he's going to milk it for all its worth. I believe we should give credit where credit is due,but I think his supporters give him way more credit than he's entitled to. There are businesses on Main Street sure,and things have been looking better,but otherwise,nothing has really changed. From what I can see,there are'nt anymore jobs here,and those who have had any success at all have either had to fight every step of the way to get it,usually,because the mayor was against them for one reason or another,(maybe because he was'nt getting a piece-of-the-action),and the others who've made it are friends of his honor. I've always found it strange how some people can try to do something positive,and Barrett has shot them down right from the get-go,but somebody else can do the same exact thing,and he's behind them all the way. Makes me wonder,don't you? But,enough of the of the grandstanding and cheerleading,he's got his 'RECORD' of 26 years,14 Terms,now,without getting into all of the 'numbers',because you can make the numbers say anything you want them to,as he himself,has said,let's talk about 'FACTS',and the 'FACTS' say that other than Mass Moca,of which,by the way,he is on the board of,'WHAT ELSE HAS HE DONE'? How much has the ball field at Joe Wolf Field cost to build and maintain? And I ask that same question about the new ball field off of Taft Street. HOW MUCH? And what else could that money have been used for? That's just 'ONE' thing and there are many others. Work on that for now. That is,if you can.
#5 Oct 19, 2009
Malcom very good points however, you left a few out. Joe Wolfe field was name after a man who worked hard for the youth of the city, it even says so on the plaque at the field that it is to be used for the youth of the city. Then the Steeplecats come in and all of the sudden everything has to be scheduled around their playing times and a couple of years ago North Adams Babe Ruth had to play at Mt Greylock High school because there was no other available field to use in North Adams. As for Alcombright Field, the soccor fields are very nice, the few times that North Adams Babe Ruth played on the baseball field it was either parched dry or puddles all over the place to play in. Not to mention still no lights over there for night games, no seating for spectators and a long walk to disgusting bathrooms from the ball field. This all should have been completed long ago but as the way of the Mohawk Theater if it never gets completed then JBIII can always say he needs to be voted back in so he can see these things through to completion. So far ten years for the Mohawk Theater and at least three years for the ball park in Alcombright Field. If you go back and check the records you will see work being done every two years which would be the election years and then once back in office they are put on the back burner. Kind of like the Lowes project nothing going on then finally they start taking the building down and if the reports directly from Lowes are correct they won't be moving in there any time soon. Project started and not complete once again.
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