Tuesday, June 30, 2009

Video of Governor Patrick's Town Hall Meeting

Update: It now works properly and can be embedded in posts.

Artist: The Distractions
Song: It Doesn't Bother Me

Monday, June 29, 2009

Governor Patrick hosts Town Hall Meeting in Lynn

As reported in the Item, our Governor is planning speak at 6:30pm at the Common Bandstand, but the rain could drive it into the Lynn Memorial Auditorium in City Hall. Admission is free. Depending on my work schedule, I may be able to capture it on video.

Atist: The Go-Betweens
Song: Cattle and Cane

Saturday, June 27, 2009

The Future of Market Street

I first heard about this meeting on my Facebook wall. It's so useful, that Facebook thing. I hope we pack that room because the future of Market Street matters to all of Lynn.

Why? Its location and high visibility. It's right there by the commuter garage, NSCC, bus stops and the turn off the Lynnway into DTL. It's often people's first impression, and when you're a city fighting negative stereotypes, first impressions really matter.

My own vision for Market Street is one based on restaurants, cafes, small live music venues and a variety of retail. Its position near, but not right on top of, residential units makes it ideal for Lynners in the area to have their cake and eat it to. One can have almost immediate access to great music, food and drink and then turn a corner and go home without having to hear the noise great music, food and drink makes.

Mixed Use may be all the rage, and I mostly agree, but there's a way to do it wrong. Very wrong. One wants both great housing and great nightlife, but one also wants a sound buffer. I understand the Housing Authority will be at this meeting, but lets keep Market St. for lively sorts of commerce. There's plenty of other space in DTL to add residences, which I'm also in favor of.

Lastly, there's always someone at these meetings who brings up parking. There is no parking issue. I wish we had enough people in DTL to cause one, because that would be a sign of complete revival. I sometimes think those who bring up parking are just too nervous to parallel park or something. Get over it! I park on the street here most of the year, and if I have to circle once or twice, I just have to remember that I chose to live in a downtown environment and that it's still nothing compared with parking in Boston, Cambridge, Somerville and so forth.

But then, that's just my opinion. [edit] This doesn't mean I'm opposed to businesses opening in the rest of DTL, I hope every storefront is filled![edit] Now here's the important details on when we all should voice them.

"Mark your calendars! MARKET STREET VISION PLAN: Understanding the Issues and Opportunities. June 30th, 6-9 pm, Room 302, Lynn City Hall. The EDIC/Lynn Housing Authority & Neighborhood Development are embarking on a study to develop a Vision Plan for downtown Lynn. They'll create a plan that illustrates the areas potential to become a thriving urban community. They need your input!"

Artist: The Sheila Divine
Song: Opportune Moment

Friday, June 26, 2009

Building more useful community web sites

I manage several websites. They include Lynn Happens, Upsidemedia, this blog and DTLna (Downtown Lynn Neighborhood Association).

The one in most dire need of reconstruction is probably Upsidemedia, but it ranks lower on my list of priorities. The next in line was DTLna, until I re-launched it today.

DTLna communication has been handled mainly by lengthy emails to a master list of members. To satisfy privacy concerns, "BCC" has been used so email addresses are not revealed. The downside is that feedback to the group is stifled and I had to act as a sort of gateway to online discourse. It simply wasn't efficient to keep doing business that way. That's why the new web site for the Downtown Lynn Neighborhood Association is based on blogging software from WordPress. From now on, the master email list will be used for short updates, with links to DTLna.org for more information and related conversation. If anyone still wants to give their input privately, they can still email me directly (or call if they have my number). Regular live-and-in-person meetings will still be held, of course.

So please, check out DTLna.org and comment there (or here or wherever) to let me know what you think!

Lynn Happens
is next, and that's going to be a much bigger project.

Artist: Miles Davis Quintet
Song: E.S.P.

Wednesday, June 24, 2009

Lynn Poet's work set to music by Boston Punk Legend

Follow the link to the whole story, published in the North Shore Art Throb

"Vincent Ferrini’s Greatest Hits

When musician Willie Alexander, who’s been called the godfather of Boston punk, was growing up on Washington Square in Gloucester, his father preached the gospel in the heart of the city, in a sumptuous Gothic-styled Baptist church that no longer stands, a place and time that lingers now only in Alexander’s memory. The year the Alexanders relocated out of Gloucester, first to Providence and then Newtonville, Vincent Ferrini, a poet from Lynn who was then working at the General Electric aviation plant, was moving his family in." more...

Artist: Willie "Loco" Alexander
Song: Mass Ave

Sunday, June 21, 2009

Some photos from yesterday's "Walk in Style"

This was a fundraiser for LynnArts, organized by Soraya & the Hello Stiletto club, highlighting the City of Lynn's shoe-making history and the recent transformation of its factories and commercial buildings into lofts. Light fare and drinks were offered in the Lynn Museum courtyard. Prizes were awarded for answering trivia correctly and for walking down the "Pink carpet" in style!

Artist: The Rain Parade
Song: One and a Half Years Ago

Wednesday, June 17, 2009

This Saturday!!

"Walk in Style" is a fundraiser for 3rd Thursdays and a celebration of Lynn's shoe-making past. Check the link for all of the details!

The first 3rd Thursday is tomorrow in Central Square.

Artist: Squeeze
Song: Black Coffee in Bed

Support the Fireworks

This was in an email from City Hall and I think it's worth posting for more to see. You can also get on the City's Events email list using the email address below.




Monday, June 22nd—6:30pm

Support Lynn’s Fourth of July celebration!

Fireworks show July 3, 2009 at 9pm!

Only 16 days left to help us reach our goal!

Tickets $20 Prior /$25 night of event

appetizers. music. drinks. good time.

Tickets available at City Hall Room 311, at the Blue Ox

and by calling 781-586-6856. For info email events@cityoflynn.net

Thank you for your support!

Artist: The Dictators
Song: Avenue A

Wednesday, June 10, 2009

City Council 6-9-09

The latest meeting can be viewed on the left if you scroll down just a bit.

See all the meetings, including 6-9, by going here.

Artist: The Who
Song: The Kids are Alright

Thursday, June 4, 2009

Hear from City Department Heads

This is the special Sub-Committee Hearing of the Council-as-a-Whole to hear from City Departments on the budget.

If you'd like to skip to your favorite department, here are the times:

:50 Sec - Library
8:20 - Comments from Mayor Clancy
17:30 - Police Dept.
27:10 - Fire Dept.
47:00 - School Dept.
1:10:11 - Law Dept.
1:13:20 - Mayor's Office
1:14:20 - Council on Aging
1:17:50 - City Council Administrative Aid
1:18:20 - Inspectional Services (ISD)
1:32:40 - License Commission
1:38:45 - DPW
1:42:35 - Personnel
1:44:40 - Purchasing
1:46:20 - Parking, Animal Control, Abandoned Vehicles
1:55:40 - Collector's Office
1:56:25 - Veteran's Office
2:01:15 - Comptroller's Office
2:00:08 - Assessor's Office
2:17:20 - City Clerk
2:19:25 - Treasurer's Office

Fifty-three minutes into it, an annoyingly loud fan was turned on. It may make some of the audio, at least from the few who chose not to use a mic, difficult to hear. It's squeezed to a 4:3 aspect ratio because my compression software will ignore my will from time to time, if I'm doing some serious compressing. It's a long video, so serious compressing took place in order to host it online.

Artist: n/a
Song: n/a

Wednesday, June 3, 2009

Last night's meetings

The video already on the left-hand side of this blog is of the Power Lines vote that seals the deal and gets us the $2.5 mil from the state. It's short, with really not much to see. You can learn more about it by reading today's Item. The video that I will upload within 24hrs (I hope) is much longer and features City Department Heads talking about their budgets.

You're probably not interested in knowing this, but it takes time, at least on my PC, to compress two hours and twenty minutes of standard def. widescreen video into a single file that's less than 1 gigabyte. That's the reason for the short delay.

Artist: n/a
Song: n/a