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Todd Tracy

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With bated breath — I clicked onto the Special Public Information presentation of the downtown Village District Steering Committee’s report on the website Monday evening. Why was I holding my famously sweet smelling breath, you might ask? The answer is quite simple: I have been wondering all year how they were going justify such […] [Read More]
wait....which design standard?

Innocent Sounding Proposals

Innocent sounding proposals that fundamentally change the downtown we all love: Village District Amendment – what is it? On the surface it sounds great. –To preserve the “small town” look and character of our small town. Look just a little deeper, my friends, and you will see a terrible idea lurking behind the lingo… A […] [Read More]
Map from VD study. notice red line excludes police station, Gorahm Island, Jesup Green and historic buildings on Myrtle Avenue. Why? BS is why

VD problem…Here We Go Again

Okay…, — the report just came in, and it’s not good. All acronyms aside — this Village District amendment idea is going down.   As a preface, I would like to state that the inanity of applying for Village District Amendment Status, for select downtown areas, represents a systemic failure of certain town bodies, over […] [Read More]
Westport Pizzeria building, now owned by the guy who owns the Empire State Building

Town Center Transformation

Big changes downtown. Big big changes. Downtown is always going through little upgrades and the shops are constantly moving in and out – through the years….and decades. Nothing new there. However, with the Y gone, the Gunn house moved, the Pizzeria trans-located, the Levett revamped and the new trees on Main Street things are taking […] [Read More]

Gunn House Crowding Monster

Wow, it’s much worse than I thought it would be; the new location of the Gunn house on Elm Street. The old location was set back from the road. The new spot is towering over Elm Street, maybe 2 feet from the street. They should have hired a designer before they executed this catastrophic blunder. […] [Read More]
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Sunshine Fantasy

This morning — as I approached the downtown area from the west side of the bridge I couldn’t help but to notice how the sun was shining down upon Saugaland/ or Saugatonia. It was absolutely breath taking, the sunshine took my breath away! I came upon the newly cleared away facade of the old YMCA […] [Read More]

Out On a Limb

I will never forget that early morning a few years back. I was in my studio composing rather complicated musical arrangements for one of these popular BBC tele programs. “What in order?”  “that noise!” “why should there be the sound of a chain saw, so early in the morning, on Main Street?” I thought out-loud […] [Read More]

Downtown Ghosts

I don’t hardly see real people downtown anymore, mostly only ghosts. Tony, with a quirky spasmodic fit, points to his empty coffee cup. The ashes, as if falling from his face, tumble through time, from my memory, somehow make it to the area near the ashtray filled with stumbled-out Camel non-filters. The waitress brings me […] [Read More]

Property Rights Battle Looming

Got an email from David Waldman the other day. He is concerned about a new text amendment to the P&Z laws (#672). Text 672 will be the subject of discussion Thursday evening at Town Hall. As I read his letter the standout idea that popped into my mind was property rights! If I were to […] [Read More]

Wind & Cold this morning(video)

It was shockingly cold and windy this morning. I was actually woken by the wind. I guess that’s just how it is when the seasons change. Check out the video of the wind this morning — short clips….   [Read More]
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