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So this image was included in an excellent article presented by Strong Towns. I like this one on so many levels and the creator of it should be applauded. What are some of those levels? Well I absolutely get a kick out of tricked out trucks when they are rolling around well outside their natural environment. Seriously what are you doing? Mudding on Main St?? As a pedestrian I relate. Light cycles and sight lines absolutely favor the auto and NOT the walker! As a parent I definitely relate. Tied to the next one I invite folks to sit in … Continue reading Share this!

2019 is coming…

So like so many entities Mansfield United has jumped into the pseudo-saturation platform gig. MU has a web presence via its own domain webpage,is on Twitter via @02048Utd and is on Facebook with a page as well as forming a group. Regards the attempt to grow the Group: The future of this group will be very dependent upon the interest level a number of core issues generate. One area of interest that will be going out across the Mansfield United spectrum will be the rabid political division seen in the USA. To achieve some traction in this area I’ve joined #BetterAngels. I … Continue reading 2019 is coming…

2 to close…

I’m putting the final touches on the two final posts of 2018. The first one will be a year in review kind of post. The focus of the review will be the happenings and election results of the year. Spoiler alert not the best year, not the worst. The second will be the teaser preview of Mansfield United’s focus for early 2019. There are three hot topics that will be announced and I can honestly say that the response will likely dictate how much longer my family and I remain in Mansfield. On that note I wish everyone a Merry … Continue reading 2 to close…

Chart of the Day…

Although I by no means intend to devote endless hours to creating a long running series befitting the post title I am going to offer some up. Starting with this one that has definite application to policy here in 02048. The chart on offer today comes from an article in Commonwealth that focused on the public education funding issue. The premise was that Massachusetts is now more than ever a predominantly suburbanized state. This, according to the authors, leads to a well structured obstruction to funding reform. In my opinion what the authors really were driving at is how the … Continue reading Chart of the Day…

Zoning,Speculation and assorted other real estate insanity #1

There is a national sensation where zoning policy, speculation and development swirl into the perfect storm to defeat common sense and the common good. I would say this phenomenom is in evidence here in Mansfield Mass and I’m offering this short post to introduce folks to the topic. Zoning policy has gotten off the rails here in the USA and I am not alone in that assertion. Post WWII development in the USA did in fact catalyze much prosperity but it was also ruthless in creating disparities and future tolls nobody seem to want to admit were possible. All across … Continue reading Zoning,Speculation and assorted other real estate insanity #1

Incremental Retail etc…

There is something to be said about how daunting it is to  open any type of business in Massachusetts. The barrage of bureaucracy and costs is a formidable combination no matter how big your dreams. I think this is true here in Mansfield. I think those that have started businesses here are to be commended regardless of whether the undertaking truly took off. Getting back to the point of this post though I ask you to look at the image again. It shows wonderfully the potential evolutionary manner someone may decide to do business here in town. I strongly believe … Continue reading Incremental Retail etc…