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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]
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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]
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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]
Categories: Westport

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]
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Sigrid Schultz

Even Though

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They want to put the Gunn-House in the Baldwin municipal parking lot; even though it will result in a net loss of 60-76 parking spaces. In light of the current parking issues this is insane. Even though the house will be completely gutted. Nothing of the original will remain, just the ugly shape. Even though […] [Read More]
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Gunn House proposal logic falls apart

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Have you ever taken a stroll down Myrtle Avenue? If you have you would notice a house, owned by Drew Friedman, 73 Myrtle Ave. It doesn’t look like it fits in with the rest in that row. All the other houses are Victorian era masterpieces until you come upon 73, 73 sticks out like a […] [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]
Categories: General, Westport