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Innocent Sounding Proposals

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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]

Gunn House Crowding Monster

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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]

Wind & Cold this morning(video)

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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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Institutionalized Necrophilia

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Small town U.S.A. – Lower Fairfield County The lights have been dimmed, candles lit. It is the evening of October 31st in the otherwise typical small town — Westport Connecticut. Little Johnny Smithers, 7 years old, blindfolded and trembling with fear, is instructed by members of his natural family to put his hand into a […] [Read More]
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Downtown by the river – pics

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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]

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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Getting Parking Samples

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When going about trying to understand the parking dynamics downtown ‘broad-view’ metrics don’t reveal the reality on the scene! A planner would need to drill down much, much more, as I have done. I went in to every shop, about 3 years ago, just before I started this blog. I asked if there were any […] [Read More]
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World Not Coming to End, no cause for alarm

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One of my favorite things to do is to go out in the rain; walking or riding, or just enjoying the relief from muggy times with water falling all around. What could be more natural. Nowadays, the post-modern era, I find it useful however, when a downpour begins, to put a small bucket of water […] [Read More]
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Identity crISIS

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I’m having one, what else is new.   Westport is having one too. At least as far as I can tell, the signs are there.   Now for the disclaimer: I love Westport and everything about it. And it would ill me to think that someone thought I was being negative, no way, not me, […] [Read More]