Kit Sang Boos: Reimagine our Main Street

Published: 6/2/2021 6:43:00 PM It is a truism that in life, change is the only constant. Change is accelerating in our time. Change...



Published: 6/2/2021 6:43:00 PM

It is a truism that in life, change is the only constant. Change is accelerating in our time. Change can be scary, exhilarating and unsettling. All growth is change. Human development is an exquisite study of change. We are living examples that change is normal and formative. And yet, change can be so very hard!

Main Street Northampton was built wide for trolleys. They are no more — taken over by the full-throttled culture of fossil-fueled combustion engines, and helping to usher in pollution, sprawl development, and the climate crisis. Our Valley gets consistently failing grades in air quality. For a livable future, we need to quickly cut carbon emissions and transition as fast as possible to renewable energy and electric engines. (Transportation is now around 40% of Massachusetts’ carbon emissions.) We also need to reclaim our city centers as great people-centered spaces.

We have a momentous chance, right now, to reimagine our Main Street. Our grassroots group MainSt4Everyone is advocating for an expansive pedestrian and bike-safe Main Street, with cars parked mostly on side streets, lots and nearby garages. People can safely stroll and linger, browse and shop, dine and be entertained under shady, cooling trees. Less traffic means less noise, and less particulate matter from tailpipes in our lungs and on our food. It would be beautiful, friendly, healthful and offer an extraordinary experience that on-line retail and soulless strip malls cannot match.

There are equity issues deeply embodied in our health, as evidenced by the COVID-19 pandemic, and the climate crisis. Our downtown will invite mingling and chance encounters, allow and encourage music and joyful dancing in health!

On our Main Street, in our corner of Massachusetts, at an economic, climactic and cultural crossroads, let’s rise to meet this moment! Let’s keep focus on our goals and highest aspirations, even as we keep our care and respect for each other utmost in our hearts. Let’s build a vibrant, sustainable future that we imagine together.

Kit Sang Boos

Northampton



Source link

COMMENTS

Name

Africa,824,Americas,4130,Art & Culture,15021,Arts,6521,Arts & Design,1684,Asia,3300,Automobile,465,Baseball,639,Basketball,535,Books,3913,Business,5370,Celebrity,2633,Cricket,648,Crime,158,Cryptocurrency,1600,Dance,675,Defense,836,Diplomatic Relations,2496,Economy,1155,Editorial,260,Education,1263,Elections,308,Energy & Environment,3079,Entertainment,22762,Environment,3632,Europe,4248,Faith & Religion,235,Family & Life,817,Fashion & Style,3285,Finance,20074,Food & Drink,3769,Football,1112,Games,97,Gossip,10289,Health & Fitness,4114,Health Care,939,Hockey,229,Home & Garden,920,Humour,994,Latin America,49,Lifestyle,17167,Media,527,Middle East,1548,Movies,1745,Music,2668,Opinion,3118,Other,11997,Other Sports,5071,Political News,11324,Political Protests,2324,Politics,17785,Real Estate,1884,Relationship,106,Retail,3116,Science,2653,Science & Tech,10093,Soccer,247,Space & Cosmos,351,Sports,12308,Technology,3457,Tennis,582,Theater,1698,Transportation,313,Travel,2585,TV,3708,US,350,US Sports,1481,Video News,3531,War & Conflict,1069,Weird News,998,World,16601,
ltr
item
Newsrust - US Top News: Kit Sang Boos: Reimagine our Main Street
Kit Sang Boos: Reimagine our Main Street
http://www.gazettenet.com/getattachment/3ab4c969-9bc3-48df-8571-009b4d404b4e/07e577caf0c648d48c429f3b156330cd.jpg
Newsrust - US Top News
https://www.newsrust.com/2021/06/kit-sang-boosreimagine-our-main-street.html
https://www.newsrust.com/
https://www.newsrust.com/
https://www.newsrust.com/2021/06/kit-sang-boosreimagine-our-main-street.html
true
732247599994189300
UTF-8
Loaded All Posts Not found any posts VIEW ALL Readmore Reply Cancel reply Delete By Home PAGES POSTS View All RECOMMENDED FOR YOU LABEL ARCHIVE SEARCH ALL POSTS Not found any post match with your request Back Home Sunday Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday Saturday Sun Mon Tue Wed Thu Fri Sat January February March April May June July August September October November December Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec just now 1 minute ago $$1$$ minutes ago 1 hour ago $$1$$ hours ago Yesterday $$1$$ days ago $$1$$ weeks ago more than 5 weeks ago Followers Follow THIS PREMIUM CONTENT IS LOCKED STEP 1: Share to a social network STEP 2: Click the link on your social network Copy All Code Select All Code All codes were copied to your clipboard Can not copy the codes / texts, please press [CTRL]+[C] (or CMD+C with Mac) to copy Table of Content