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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…

Mansfield’s litter problem is in our hands

Litter is literally everywhere in town and we need to work together to make this problem go away. The two most promising areas to work in on the problem of litter in my opinion can be called enforcement and capture. Enforcement is exactly what it sounds like. We need the MPD and other law enforcement agencies that have the jurisdiction in 02048 to spot,stop and cite those who litter. Whether it is the callous tossing out of litter from a moving vehicle or the improper tie down actions on commercial transport , action must be taken. Litter of this nature … Continue reading Mansfield’s litter problem is in our hands

The Mansfield Special Election after report…

Question 1: Yes – 56.49% No – 43.39% Question 2: Yes – 63.63% No – 36.02% Question 3: Yes – 66.55% No – 32.81% Question 4: Yes – 65.09% No – 34.33% That’s with 1710 voters coming to the polls. The number one take away is that we need better turnout ! We unfortunately have pretty sad turnout for local elections and ATM. You can click through some vote history at the Town Clerk’s Question 1 passed meaning our Town Managers no longer need to take up residency here in town Question 2 passed and the biggest take away there … Continue reading The Mansfield Special Election after report…