Video and Slides: Rezoning Northampton for a Sustainable Future; Citizens Debate Proposals at Forum

Here is a complete blip.tv video of the 2/15/11 public forum, “Rezoning Northampton for a Sustainable Future”. The Zoning Revisions Committee (ZRC) presented proposals and alternatives for comment. This video is 1 hour 49 minutes long and was recorded by Adam Cohen. A similar forum will be held at Bridge Street School tonight at 7pm (details). Several citizens […]

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Ward 3 Neighborhood Association Survey on infill, zoning, and design

Please visit the website of the Ward 3 Neighborhood Association and take their new survey: “We have created this survey to help understand how residents feel about their neighborhoods and what kinds of changes they would like to see. Some of the questions we ask are about things that are already allowed by current zoning; […]

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Letter to Gazette: “Northampton zoning change deserves closer look”

Today’s Gazette contains a letter to the editor from Barbara and Mark Dubeck of Northampton: Today and Wednesday, the city’s Zoning Revisions Committee will hold two public forums on “Rezoning Northampton for a Sustainable Future.” While the Planning Office has encouraged feedback on the proposed changes, we’ve been told the revisions won’t be ready for […]

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February 15 and 16 Forums: Rezoning Northampton for a Sustainable Future

We encourage you to attend: See also: Video: Zoning Revisions Committee, January 19, 2011; Examples of Design Guidelines The committee discussed how to encourage home-based businesses and how aggressively to push for zoning changes in light of potential political resistance. Video: Zoning Revisions Committee Discusses Densifying Infill Areas (12/15/10) Unlike the situation on King Street, we believe […]

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February 3: Pomeroy Terrace Area National Register Nomination Meeting – Rescheduled from Jan 12

Northampton’s Office of Planning and Development announces: You are invited to attend a neighborhood meeting to talk about pursuing designation of the Pomeroy Terrace area, potentially to include Pomeroy Terrace, and parts of Bridge Street, Hawley Street, Phillips Place, Butler Place and Hancock Street as a National Historic Register District. When: Thursday, February 3, 2011, […]

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Heavy Traffic on Streets Disrupts Social Ties

Donald Appleyard is publishing a second edition of Livable Streets this year. This 6-minute video, based on his research, describes how heavy traffic on a street can reduce social interaction:From the transcript: Things such as a light traffic street helped knit a community together, and in contrast, a heavily traffic street would actually rip it apart and […]

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Video: Zoning Revisions Committee, January 19, 2011; Examples of Design Guidelines

Here is a complete blip.tv video of the 1/19/11 meeting of Northampton’s Zoning Revisions Committee. The committee discussed how to encourage home-based businesses and how aggressively to push for zoning changes in light of potential political resistance. This video is 1 hour 47 minutes long and was recorded by Adam Cohen.Here are some examples of […]

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Photo Essay: “A Frosty Morning” by Tom McCurry

North Street neighbor Tom McCurry has kindly shared these photos taken earlier this month. He writes, “When I went outside with my dogs this morning, I immediately noticed the hoary frost which covered everything, including our back steps. After eating breakfast, I donned my long underwear, grabbed my camera and went to the Norwottuck Rail […]

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Urban Trees Linked to Healthier Babies

The Oregonian reports this month: Researchers used satellite images to compare tree cover around the houses of 5,696 women who gave birth in Portland in 2006 and 2007. Pregnant women living in houses graced by more trees were significantly less likely to deliver undersized babies… “Maybe it sounds a bit daft at first,” says lead […]

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