Master Plan Update Open House…

I’m personally invested in the outcome of this process. Quite simply what I mean by this is that depending on what vision, what direction Mansfield chooses to embark on for the next decade my future zip code of residence is very much up for grabs. Mansfield has a lot of issues facing it. The town is by no means alone in this situation as many communities across the country are experiencing the same issues. These issues are legion to turn a dramatic phrase and here’s another one: Problems have solutions. Predicaments have outcomes. Whether you live in a big city … Continue reading Master Plan Update Open House…

Still Drafting the Crosswalk story but…

I recently chose to draft an article on crosswalks in town and in doing so discovered more angles and possibilities than first thought possible. While that is still on the burner I wanted to tease out some of the research points. Mansfield has some well marked crosswalks but a number of those exist in an environment not consistent with pedestrian friendly construction. Mansfield has a number of controlled crossings. These crossings run the gamut of performing very well, needing a tweak, and OMG! are you serious? Mansfield has some crosswalks that are poorly marked or have bizarre construction shortfalls. There … Continue reading Still Drafting the Crosswalk story but…

Peak Downtown?

Peak Downtown Mansfield Is it such a thing? What would it look like? Are we on the way to it? The short answers are Yes, depends on how we do it, and yes but not in the manner we should be. Peak anything is a reality and development is included. Unlike a game any given real world municipality has a wide variety of potential restrictions. This means peak will be different to each. In the case of Mansfield some broad stroke restrictions include infrastructure, finances and politics. What peak downtown looks like is dependent upon so many factors it’s hard … Continue reading Peak Downtown?

August 2019 Update

Trying to be an engaged citizen is no simple task especially when you’re still dedicated to being a good husband,father,friend and gainfully employed. That said I am still trying to stay on top of how and where my tax dollars are being spent and whether or not Mansfield holds the promise for my coming years as fully as in my past. On this point 2019-2020 is huge for me personally. I also feel it is safe to say that many issues the Town will be addressing over this short time will prove to be monumental. Master Plan The initial phase … Continue reading August 2019 Update

Our Train Station and the Downtown Parking Issue

July 6 2019 at 11:30AM I was out and about and arrived at the Town lot that serves the Mansfield Commuter Rail Station. I’ve long held that the people who bemoan parking availability for events on North Main Street should look no further than our very own Town lot. I have also held for the same length of time that perhaps the signage should be updated to reflect what is otherwise viewed as some kind of state secret, the potential free parking option at this location. Continue reading Our Train Station and the Downtown Parking Issue