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Damn. I've always loved that house because it had remained despite the invasion of all the crappy stuff that had popped up around over it during the last 30 years. It was a holdout and a reminder of the rural area it used to be.
Now the entire area has turned into a sea of nondescript beige stuff that can be found anywhere. It's so bland that if you were dropped into the middle of it blindfolded you'd need GPS to figure out the suburb, town, and state where you landed.
Posted 18 May 2018, 3:32 p.m.
I'm not a fan of the architecture either. Move it into an open field and it could be mistaken for an airport terminal.
Posted 17 May 2018, 1:23 p.m.
Had this been two separate issues on the ballot the jail expansion part would have failed but the mental health crisis center would have passed. The County knew that there was support for a crisis center but not for the jail expansion so it gambled by combining the two. I was one of the voters who said "no" because I had a problem with the all or nothing tactic that was used.
Posted 16 May 2018, 12:26 p.m.
I hate the blue streetlights as well as the blue headlights on certain vehicles. At night they're both so bright I think it makes it harder to see when driving.
Posted 15 May 2018, 1:39 p.m.
"But provider groups and health care workers said the program is rife with billing problems, secrecy and finance-based decisions."
Oh what a surprise. Anyone with any experience providing Medicaid services could see that's what was going to happen if it was privatized. Almost immediately people on the HCBS waivers started having their service hours cut and thousands of people needing services were put on a waiting list that grew longer and longer.
Private insurance companies are in business to make money for their stock holders so paying for the services they were contracted to provide took the backseat to improving their profit margin. The longer they can delay paying for services the longer that money can sit in investment accounts drawing money.
Posted 14 May 2018, 10:54 a.m.
I don't doubt it happened but I'm curious about the story behind how a placement in foster care only lasted 20 minutes. My guess would be that there was a last minute ruling or approval for the child to be placed with a family member.
Posted 13 May 2018, 2:48 p.m.
Guess that supply and demand argument would explain why so many buildings on Mass. are sitting empty. The reason they're sitting empty is because the rents are outrageous so businesses open in other locations.
Downtown wants to be the Plaza but it never will be because it's shot itself in the foot by turning into an entertainment district. I live two blocks away and rarely ever venture there because it's primarily bars and restaurants. It stopped being a "downtown" about 20 years ago.
Posted 10 May 2018, 6:14 p.m.
A parking garage isn't going to fix the basic problem that the site isn't large enough to accommodate a 45,000 square foot grocery store and 70 apartments. It's like trying to squeeze a size 12 foot into a size nine shoe. The grocery store is being used as a carrot to get the apartments on top.
The grocer may have signed a letter of intent to lease the space for 20 years but he won't commit to it staying a grocery store for more than five.
Posted 9 May 2018, 1:40 p.m.
I prefer going to the polling site in person because mail delivery on our route is so unpredictable.
Posted 7 May 2018, 2:58 p.m.
That surplus isn't really a surplus if all the State departments that were raided by Brownback to keep the doors open because of his disastrous tax plan had as least some of the basic funding restored.
Posted 5 May 2018, 7:37 p.m.
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