Tuesday, May 29, 2012

Is your word as good as your fence?

Remember when folks living downtown, myself included, were mostly of the mindset that it was cool to have Allcare VNA remain in Lynn and Downtown but they should do right by the area by sticking with the Market Street Vision plan that the city had hired a company to draw up?

Here's the super-fast version.

The Market Street Plan called for storefronts. Allcare VNA said "No way." There was a public hearing, where much to my dismay, lots of folks thought we were opposed to VNA outright. Well, most of us weren't. A lot of people were just misinformed about our more nuanced position. We wanted storefronts. We couldn't get storefronts, but, we had some small victories.

For example, they were willing to give on the fence. We did not want a fence greeting people as they entered downtown - especially a fence around a very non-retail looking structure. It sends the wrong message, even more-so now that the Central-Exchange Arts District is in effect. Many of us were happy to hear that Allcare would drop the fence from its plans, and they built it without one. Until today...

Let's say, for the sake of discussion, the fence doesn't come out looking all that bad. What about the fact that they went back on their word, without even talking to us, first? What kind of precedent does it set for future development? Do we not trust City Council, or do we not trust Allcare - or is it both?

I'm about to head over to LynnArts for the LPS Art show and Mural unveiling. They'll also announce the new Central-Exchange Arts and Culture District - until someone's buddy gets to trample on that win - or, we put a fence around it.








Posts are in place around the entire corner for what appears to be a very generic black fence, matching the one lots of folks dislike around the Community College campus.


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13 comments:

  1. I don't get it! What are we fencing in? or out?
    An ugly fence does nothing to showcase a nice lawn and flower display, and a nice, new business building! Scrap the fence and leave the natural look. It's a lot better looking without an ugly fence hiding it.

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    1. Bob, that was pretty much everyone's response to the idea when we saw the original plans. Allcare seemed happy to drop the fence idea. It was as though they didn't want it that badly in the first place. Which of course, is why it's extra surprising that it's going up, now.

      Some City Councilors who were involved in the Allcare VNA meetings with the community were just as surprised, today - not that I've checked with all of them, yet. But it's possible the fence has no permission at all..somebody somewhere has some 'splaining to do.

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    2. Timmy's the father

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  2. Absolute waste of taxpayers money. The Mayor and all the others running Lynn have no clue what they are doing.

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    1. This isn't tax payer's money - wherever it's coming from. I'm willing to bet it's Allcare's money. Either way, someone's wasting money.

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    2. Navay unkedpay YnnlayMay 30, 2012 at 9:34 AM

      Is this a for profit or not?

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  3. City Council didn't know about it. A lot of people who should have been in-the-know, didn't know about it. I've spoken with a few since posting.

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  4. Navay unkedpay YnnlayMay 30, 2012 at 9:31 AM

    In the beginning, the public commented on the V N A. The hearing was tabled by council. Did it return? I don't know. Now there is a building and council approved signage for V..N..A... & Hospice. Right. Right in the center of image and public transport. Feel punked yet?

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  5. More of the same from this outfit...this mediocre chopped-off, out-of-a spec-office building cookie-cutter catalog was rammed down the throats of the weak leadership (?) at Council and beyond... some of us saw this coming all along... another missed opportunity...and is the real estate component of the VNA with Potter, Fenton, et al really 'non-profit'?!...

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  6. Just as I use the museum's park without going to the museum, per se, I will continue to eat my lunch in VNA's park when I'm visiting DTL. I hope I don't feel too much like I'm an intruder now! I really liked that slice of green, with it's ocean view!!

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    1. newlifepoetry, let me know if you ever have an issue eating lunch there. It technically is their property, but we were given the impression it would be utilized as public space.

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  7. Yesterday before church I took a stroll thru DTL to kill some time. I ended my stroll by walking thru the AllCare park. Though there is only one entrance now, my stroll didn't feel impeded by the fence in any way. The true test will be to see if I feel like an intruder during the week when the building is being used by AllCare's employees. The petunias around the sculptor look beautiful!!!

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