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Todd Tracy

Charrette – couple good things

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Well, I was watching again, over at westportct.gov. They were wrapping up the Charrette — and to my surprise — the outside planning guy actually had a couple good ideas. I go by personality with these things. One of the guys was kind of cool. Anyway, the ideas they came up with, that I liked, […] [Read More]
Downtown photo: Todd Tracy

Labyrinthinian Future of Downtown

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Downtown is a maze of little alley ways and cut thru-s; they were saying at the Cherette summery discussions Saturday; there could be more signage. I would suggest that downtown is best discovered on one’s own. That is the magic. Downtown has special little nooks and crannies. It was never planned. It just happened. I […] [Read More]

Vote “NO” on 677

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Westport needs diversity Vote “NO” on 677 The issue has been raised that if the zoning rules remain how they are for town-owned land downtown, specifically for 60% of the units to be for low income seniors, that many Westport seniors would be too wealthy to qualify! Why should this be the case when 40% […] [Read More]
Golden Underwear

Gilded Age

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Westport, through the ages, has seen many twists and turns. As the river bends its way through downtown and out past the mouth into the sound; it passes like history itself, seemingly always changing. The first great age for Westport was the age of the Wooly Mammoth. More than 10,000 years have passed since the […] [Read More]

Baron’s — way to go westport

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Westport – Conn. Well, it’s Saturday morning. My heart is heavy. I’ve been thinking about the Baron’s Land; specifically the upcoming decision by P&Z to allow (or not) for the the change of the proposed use from %60 affordable units to %20 affordable units. It would seem that this is more than just a change in a […] [Read More]

Downtown Planning Committee’s ‘French Farce’

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The ‘Your Downtown’ campaign; being pushed by the selectmen’s office is doing a disservice to the public. The publicity efforts, like posters and the website, are creating an unrealistic expectation; that the ideas for downtown have not already been decided upon by the committee. Last week I watched the minutes of the Downtown Steering Committee […] [Read More]
David Waldman

David Waldman – Leadership

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David Waldman, first and foremost, is a Westporter. In recent years, however, he is becoming more and more a visionary leader. As a real estate developer he is slowly but consistently preserving those downtown landmarks that have made Westport exceptional and unique, yet simultaneously putting these properties that he either owns or manages to their […] [Read More]

Drew Friedman GUNN/History Speech

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Moving the Gunn House Drew Friedman – 08/13/2014   Thank you for the opportunity to address you, and voice my opinions.   Moving the Gunn House to the Baldwin Parking Lot will require you to remove existing parking spaces from our municipal inventory for the building, and then dedicate a number more of those Baldwin […] [Read More]

The Westport Experience

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Sometimes I look around the world, outside the Westport sphere, and I am absolutely dumbfounded by how lucky I am. The world is seemingly erupting into violence at every turn. This town has always felt like a safe cocoon; there is Westport and then there is everywhere else. I often complain about Westport going through […] [Read More]
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Stirring the Dragon’s Nest

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At the first selectmen’s meeting on Wednesday morning it was obvious that Jim Marpe had already made up his mind about signing off on the lease of town-owned land for 99 years. He said, “I wish you had made these arguments at the P&Z meetings on the subject.” “We did, and the P&Z voted the […] [Read More]