Wednesday, February 25, 2009

City Council 2-24-09

This one features the public hearing on the $4 million bond to move the power lines on the waterfront. The vote was unanimously in favor. View it on the left, or larger here.

Artist: The Cape May
Song: On Sunprinted Thumbs

Tuesday, February 24, 2009

Public Hearing tonight at City Hall, 8pm.

I'll be there to videotape. But first, let me state what I think.

I know it seems like an awkward time, fiscally speaking, to bond money. But if we wait for the economy to improve before we act on moving the power lines, it will be too late to catch the next wave. We need to do this now so Lynn breaks its cycle of bad timing and lost opportunities.

Some will ask how the city can justify $4 million while teachers and other municipal workers are being laid off. The answer is that you can not bond a salary. This is not a case of taking from one pot and placing it in another.

Some will ask why the landowners who will benefit from moving the lines are not contributing more. That's a good question and I wonder if to some extant they can. On the other hand, it will be some time before those potential windfalls are realized. I don't know what they're capable of doing at the moment. There are also parcels, from what I hear, that will have to be taken by eminent domain.

Even though I am for this, I also understand that the waterfront redevelopment plan can be a failure if the gas tank, old landfill and other things which can not be moved, aren't somehow creatively incorporated or creatively screened out by very skilled planners. I also highly recommend against putting all our eggs in one basket, developer-wise, if we can help it. It would be far less risky to parcel it out to several smaller-scale mixed use developments, that would make a stroll along the new boardwalk more interesting and enjoyable.

Artist: None
Song: None

Saturday, February 21, 2009

This Comes as no Surprise

I try not to be negative on this blog, but some things need to be addressed. One of those things is the Mayo Group's awful reputation amongst residents and businesses who have purchased or leased from them.

I know there are people in City Hall and citizens of Lynn who still consider the Mayo Group a great savior of DTL. I would have been happy also, to see a company believe in the future of the area. I believe in the future of the area, myself, so I do not post this lightly.

Here is today's article in the Item about Mayo's Indictment for improper (very improper) handling of asbestos in Worcester.

I could rehash all the problems of my building and other Mayo developments. If you really want to hear about them, inquire within.* What I want to do here is ask, "What to do about Mayo?" They own so many of our storefronts and have converted so many of our buildings that I think the City needs to consider what to do in the event that Mayo goes under due to the indictment, the economy or as a result of their fairly well deserved negative reputation, which precedes the indictment.

We are at the cusp of bringing DTL back to life, even with the economy the way it is, and it would be shame to see it fall to pieces because to much of it is under control of a disreputable developer. So, what's the plan?

*I mostly don't regret my purchase because of what I was able to correct in my unit as part of the purchase agreement and because my neighbors are so cool. A cautious and determined buyer may be able to make good on one of their offerings. Again, if you want more details, inquire within.

Artist: Girlfriend's place
Song: Clang of the radiators, hum of the cooling fan

Wednesday, February 18, 2009

City Council 2-17-09

Better quality this time. View it on the left or go here for a larger picture.

Artist: Elvis Costello & The Attractions
Song: Secondary Modern

Thursday, February 5, 2009

City Council 2-3-09

The video is on the left, or you can view it here.

Artist: The Mountain Goats
Song: Have to Explode